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Steve Nash is leanings toward the end of his career, but many people don’t see him finishing out his contract with the Lakers. Nash is dealing with a back injury, among other setbacks, and it seems as though the 39-year-old point cannot find a way to get healthy.

Even last season, Nash had to battle several injuries and as a result he was sidelined for an extended period of time. Not only did it thwart his ability to find a rhythm was the new team, but also it upset fans as they never got a chance to see him at full force.

The Lakers have already denounced the claims that Nash is pondering early retirement and the point guard himself recently denied the reports. Yahoo Sports writes that Nash will do what he can to get back onto the court and contribute at the highest level possible.

“No, not at all,” Nash said when asked if he is ending his career at the end of this season. “I don’t know where that came from.

“For me, I realize I have about 18 months left of basketball and I want the most out of this that I can possibly get and I don’t know if that’s going to be one game or the vast majority of what’s left, but I have a long life without basketball, so I don’t want to give in too soon. I want to try to make the most of this opportunity to play if I can.”

The Lakers are already without Kobe Bryant and now those in the lineup must fill the void left by two elite players. The team is hovering around .500, but no one knows how long they can stay there