Often times fans and analysts suspend reality when discussing athletes.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash battled the backlash that comes with that approach in the third episode of Grantland's "The Finish Line" series, which chronicles his approach to coming back from injury.

Nash has been criticized for refusing to retire and trying to come back this season, and his teammate Kobe Bryant has taken on similar critiques.

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If a player loves the game and is under contract, there isn't much reason for him to retire from basketball. There is also the fact that Nash is being paid $9.3 million this season and could bring in $9.8 million next year.

At 40 years old, Nash is old in NBA years, but he is still young in life. Basketball careers are short-lived, and there is often a lot of life to live after basketball is done. Nash was honest in discussion this, saying bluntly that there is a side of his decision not to retire that is about salary.

"On the other hand, it's just a reality, I'm not going to retire because I want the money," Nash said. "It's honest."

Bryant made a similar statement when he signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract that will kick in next season. There is not much logic in millionaires making concessions for billionaires. It only takes basic common sense to understand that, and Nash has it. 

"At the same time, you're going to have people out there who are like, 'Oh, man, he's so greedy," Nash said, "'He's already made X amount of money in his career and he has to take that last little bit'. Yes, I do have to take that last little bit."