EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Competition. Enjoyment. Playing the game he loves to play. Being a good teammate.
These are the things Lakers guard Steve Nash wants to continue to play for.
But the question is after 18 seasons, can he continue to compete in the NBA at a high level?
"I think I proved to myself that I can still play at a high level," said Nash while addressing the media at Lakers exit interviews on Thursday. "It's just how many minutes and how often. That's what I got to try to figure out."
This season he could only be counted on for 20.8 minutes per game while seeing action in just 15 games.
The veteran point guard admits it would be great if he could play a similar amount of minutes for a range of 50-65 games, but at this point he's just not sure how his body is going to hold up.
The goal was to enter the offseason healthy, but after having a setback on Apr. 8, the night he passed Mark Jackson for third on the NBA's all-time assist list, Nash hasn't seen the court since.
"I'm not healthy," he said. "I couldn't have played last night (in San Antonio). I would have loved to (but) I'm not healthy enough to. Hopefully, I'm like three or four weeks from being healthy."