Steve Nash says he plans to use this season and next season to prove to himself that he is still a contributor in the NBA and able to play on a regular basis.

"I've got to find a way to get through that and prove to myself every day that I can contribute," Nash said. "Hopefully, I can get through 18 months and contribute and produce."

When asked if he could question whether he can still play next season, Nash said: "I don't think so. I'm already not the player I want to be and just [have] a different body. My body's different. I'm still trying to adjust and adapt and get my body to accept a certain amount of the pounding and forces and be able to adjust my game and still be productive. I still feel like I've got a lot of life left without basketball so I'm going to try to enjoy it and make the most of these last 18-20 months, whatever it is."

Nash also is not thinking about retirement at this point.

"No. I'm not there yet. No."