Nash was a two-time NBA MVP in his 19 seasons in the league and will go down as one of the most exciting play makers in the history of the game.
He formally announced his retirement in a letter published to The Player’s Tribune website saying,
“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,” Nash wrote. “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.”
He went on to say,
“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.”
The future first ballot hall-of-famer will go down as third all time in assists, as well as the all-time leader in free throw percentage. On top of that, for nine straight seasons spanning from 2001-02 in Dallas through 2008-09 in Phoenix, Nash quarterbacked squads to the number 1 offense in the league. Going on to win back to back MVP awards, and being only the 10th player in history to accomplish such a feat in 2005 and ’06.
“It will always hurt that Phoenix Suns fans didn’t get the championship they deserved during our run,” Nash wrote. “Yes, we had some bad luck but I always look back at it and think, I could’ve made one more shot, or not forced a turnover, or made a better pass. But I don’t regret anything. The arena was always sold out and rocking. It was the time of my life. Thanks, Phoenix.”
“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I already miss the game deeply, but I’m also really excited to learn to do something else.”
There may never be another Steve Nash to play the game, it’s too bad he was never able to claim that elusive championship. Regardless of not claiming a ring, he will still go down as one of the greatest players of his time and arguably the best point guard of his time in the league.