“Hair Canada” decides to step away from the game after a outstanding 18 year career
The sports world are shocked by the unexpected announcement that had basketball fans saying to themselves…about time! Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has announced that he will retired from the game of basketball. Heading towards the dog days of his career, Nash has became very injury prone. The last time he was able to be back on the court was March 21 during the 2013-2014 season. The 41 year old standout from Canada took the time to explain his decision of why he is walking away from the game. Check out the video clip of what the University of Santa Clara Bronco great said bout his decision to call it quits.
“Captain Canada” has lived up to the name he was labeled, showing fans night after night why he is the pride and joy of his native country. The British Colombia native had a outstanding collegiate career where he led the Santa Clara Broncos to 3 NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons there. The elusive, crafty guard was able to win the West Coast Conference player of the year award twice and rewrote the history books as he was the school’s all time leader in assists. After having much success in his collegiate play, Nash was drafted as the 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1996 NBA Draft. Arguably the greatest draft class ever put together, Nash was able to hold his own and to elevate the way point guard position is suppose to be played.
Known for his craft creative decision making and consistent 3 point shooting, Nash was able to solidify himself as a top 10 point guard to watch out for each season he participated in. An perennial NBA All Star, Steve was the floor general for a promising Dallas Mavericks squad that included Dirk Nowitzki and a athletic Michael Finley. After coming just a series short of making it to the NBA Finals, Steve decided to go back to where he started his career at in Phoenix and the rest was history. That following year, the Canadian great won his first MVP and a appearance in the Western Conference finals. From 2006-2012, Nash’s consistency and craftiness has elevated him into talks amongst the all time greats. Voted as the 9th greatest NBA point guard of all time, Nash was able to bring home another regular season MVP in 2006, appeared in 7 more NBA All Star games, voted onto 3 All-NBA First Teams, 2 All-NBA Second Teams, and 2 All NBA Third Teams. In addition, the point guard great was able to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from 3 point land and 90% from the free throw line in 4 different seasons.
Before Drake started repping and famously rapped about the adventures of “riding through the 6 with his woes” in his home country, it was Nash who put Canada on the map and everyone’s radar as he introduced the sports world to the aspect of Canadians breeding top notch ballers who can compete with the best of them. A influential countryman, Steve was able to maintain nothing but class and wittiness during his spotlight in front of the mainstream media. Despite the accomplishments, it was one thing that halt his progression on climbing the ladder in the rankings of the NBA’s all time best point guards and that was not being able to win a NBA championship. With greats such as Karl Malone, Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley, Nash joins a exclusive list of legends who won a regular season MVP but wasn’t able to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy. As Nash takes his final walk away from the game, basketball fans all over the world will like to salute the great who transcends the point guard position. A major congratulations and shout out to Steve Nash as the game will definitely will miss you and hope you enjoy your time away from the hardwood floor.
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