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Steve Nash Offically Announces Retirement from the NBA

Steve Nash has officially announced his retirement from the NBA. The two-time NBA MVP penned a letter in The Players Tribune entitled “Life After Basketball”, calling it a career and thanking his family, friends, coaches and mentors.

The Victoria, BC native was a late bloomer, winning back-to-back MVP’s in 04-05 and 05-06 as a 30 and 31 year old. Nash’s career took off in Phoenix playing under Mike D’Antoni in his “7 seconds or less” system.

Nash averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game through his 18-year career, he was an All-Star eight times and led the league in assists per game five times.

We would like to congratulate Nash on an illustrious career. He will go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Via The Players Tribune:

I’m retiring.

I heard someone once say there comes a day when they tell us all that we can’t play anymore. We’re not good enough. Surplus to requirements. Too slow, maybe. When you’re a teenager with outsized dreams and a growing obsession, and someone tells you this ain’t gonna last forever, it’s scary. I never forgot it.

The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much — visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes. The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.

And that is what I’m most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend — this ever-present pursuit — has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I’ve learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift.

Fans around the world have shown me so much appreciation throughout the years, it’s unbelievable. Going out to shoot hour after hour, day after day as a kid, I never sought or dreamed of the amount of support and love people have shown. It’s been a huge source of motivation and inspiration. Thank you eternally.

I will likely never play basketball again. It’s bittersweet. I already miss the game deeply, but I’m also really excited to learn to do something else. This letter is for anyone who’s taken note of my career. At the heart of this letter, I’m speaking to kids everywhere who have no idea what the future holds or how to take charge of their place in it. When I think of my career, I can’t help but think of the kid with his ball, falling in love. That’s still what I identify with and did so throughout my entire story.

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