Steve Nash is done. The Lakers guard who won consecutive MVP awards with the Phoenix Suns announced the news via Twitter: “I’m retiring from basketball. Thanks for all the love through the years,” he wrote. The tweet links to an article called Life After Basketball that Nash wrote for The Players Tribune, Derek Jeter’s startup that lets players speak for themselves.
Nash, a Canadian, played 1,217 NBA games. He singled out a number of people for contributing to his success. Coaches Don Nelson and Mike D’Antoni came first. Among players Nash praises the great Dirk Nowitzki and the often overlooked Michael Finley, both teammates to Nash on the Dallas Mavericks. It’s a long list from there–Nash is clearly grateful. Many are the types of people who go unsung–like middle school coaches–and, of course, his mom and dad.