The day that we’ve all been anticipating is finally here.
Steve Nash announced today that he is retiring from basketball. The legendary point guard revealed his decision in an article for The Players Tribune titled “Life After Basketball.”
In the piece, Nash talks about how he worked hard to achieve his goals and will be forever thankful for everything the game has given him.
The Canadian also made a point of thanking a number of people who have made an impact on his career, including two of his former head coaches in Don Nelson and Mike D’Antoni, as well as former teammates Danny Ainge, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley.
The only Lakers player Nash thanked in his piece was center Robert Sacre.
Nash did write about his experience with the Lakers, though, and expressed disappointment in how his tenure in L.A. turned out.
However, the 41-year-old also credited the (offline) fans of the purple and gold for their unwavering support:
Last spring, when I returned to the court, I was given a standing ovation at Staples Center. It was a dark time in my career and that gesture will be one of my best memories. There’s been a lot of negativity online, but in my nearly three years in L.A., I’ve never met anyone who didn’t show me anything but love and support for my efforts. There’s a lot of class in Lakerland, and the organization and staff have given me unwavering support.
After breaking his leg in just his second game with the Lakers, Nash ended up appearing in just 65 games.
Nash, who is third all-time on the NBA’s assist list, signed a three-year, $28 million deal with the Lakers in 2012.
Nash was reportedly ready to retire before the start of the season, though he delayed the announcement after the Lakers informed him that they’d try to trade his contract before the deadline in February.
The Lakers couldn’t find a taker, though it was still a nice move on Nash’s part as he and the team attempted to salvage something from their failed partnership.
“I will likely never play basketball again. It’s bittersweet,” Nash said near the end of his article. “I already miss the game deeply, but I’m also really excited to learn to do something else.”