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10 NBA Players Who Should've Retired But Are Collecting Paychecks

There are very few things as painful, from a fan’s perspective, as watching superstars play like role players due to age, injuries, or just plain old stubbornness in not retiring. Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shawn Kemp, and Michael Jordan are just a few of the players that stuck around the game just a tad bit too long. Rather than giving us the feelings of elation that they used to give us, the only feelings they now give us are feelings of sorrow and even pity. Their legacies remain intact, but their immortality does get tarnished slightly.

Some players do stick around the game because they simply love it. Tim Duncan once said that he wants to keep playing until the wheels fall off. And it is hard to blame him. The 38-year-old continues to win rings every few years and retiring prematurely would be something that he would regret if the team has a legitimate chance of winning a championship once again. Furthermore, Duncan is not riding on the coattails of the younger players on the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan is still the best player on the team, even with the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and the continued brilliance of Tony Parker.

However, there are other players that are of a similar age, and even younger, that are not contributing to their teams, but in fact, are hurting their teams by absorbing their salary cap to the point of hurting the team. If it was not for the money, these players would have retired a while ago. But it is hard to blame any of these players for refusing to retire when they can still tap as much money as they can out of their contract. A lot of players go broke even five years out of the league, so, the best way of preventing that from happening is investing and earning as much as you can while you can. The following list is a group of players that should have retired, but continue to play the game, in order to collect every last cent they can.

10 Jason Richardson

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9 Greg Oden

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8 Andrew Bynum

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7 Jason Terry

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6 Nazr Mohammed

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5 Richard Jefferson

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4 Andre Miller

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3 Kevin Garnett

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2 Amar’e Stoudemire

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1 Steve Nash

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Steve Nash boldly said that his body felt great at the start of this pre-season, but before the pre-season has even finished, Nash has once again asked to sit out the pre-season due to some back problems. Sadly, this has been the narrative of Steve Nash for the past 3 seasons. Nash is clearly trying to get the most out of his broken body right now, but it is obvious that he can’t play the game any more. Nash has only played 65 the past 2 seasons. Yet, he has been paid $27 million for basically providing the services and minutes of a role player at the very end of the bench. Now, that Nash’s contract will be up this year, he said that he will most definitely retire after the 2014-2015 season, but if he was not under contract, there is no doubt that he definitely would have retired 3 seasons ago.

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