“I’m retiring,” said two-time MVP & eight-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash in a letter posted on The Players Tribune on Saturday morning. “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.”
Something I’ll never forget is when I first saw the #15 draft pick play some garbage minutes for the Suns during a TNT game in the 96-97 season. I remember thinking how fast and crafty he looked and how he would probably never get any minutes playing on a team with a still productive Kevin Johnson and All-Star Jason Kidd. I was right. Then after his second season, he was traded to the Mavs for a future 1st round pick and table scraps. The rest is history.
In honor of the five-time NBA assist leader, who is sitting behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd on the all-time Assists leader list, here are a few of my favorite Nash moments.
STEVE NASH REQUEST NAS’ “IT AINT HARD TO TELL” ON RAP CITY
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STEVE NASH ON DRAFT NIGHT TALKING ABOUT KURT RAMBIS
THE BEGINNING OF THE NASH AND DIRK FRIENDSHIP
NASH TOP 10 GAME WINNERS
NASH DANCES WITH HIS STEP BROTHER BARON DAVIS
NASH TALKS ABOUT HIS “GUNS” AND JOKES ABOUT ROBERT HORRY’S HIP CHECK
PASSES KEVIN JOHNSON AND SETS THE SUNS RECORD FOR ASSIST
STEVE NASH IS A “BIG TIME SHOT BLOCKER”
NASH GETS A LAPDANCE FROM NICKI MINAJ