This archived article was written by: Josh Van Weezep
One of the best point guards to ever play the game is calling it quits after a long battle with back problems, which finally got the best of him.
Steve Nash, two-time NBA MVP, injured his back this past week. What would have been his 19th NBA season vanished before it even started. Nash has had a long history with chronic back and nerve problems and this most recent back injury looks to be the last straw for the NBA great.
Earning the respect of coaches, players and fans over his long career, Nash is third all-time in assists in the NBA. He was an eight-time all-star, and scored 17,387 career points, which is pretty remarkable considering he is a six-foot white guy from Canada.
Dirk Nowitzki, a past teammate and friend of Nash said, “Nash should be very proud of his career. He reached the very top of his potential and had a great ride.”
His career got off to a rocky start when he began in Dallas. There came a point where in one game, his home crowd booed him every time he touched the ball. Some of Nash’s past teammates say that he is one of the most competitive, hardest workers you’ll ever meet. So its not surprising that after being booed he went on to become one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game.
Steve Nash wasn’t recruited out of high school and ended up with a scholarship to small Santa Clara University where he said in the first couple practices, he couldn’t even get the ball up the court without it getting stolen. He went on to have a great career at Santa Clara and was drafted into the NBA where his ball handling abilities and court vision became things fans loved to watch.
His flashy passing and great shooting ability will be missed, but it was great to watch while it lasted. Nash will still be under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but will have to watch from the sidelines as his last NBA season starts this week. Thanks for the memories Steve.