March 21, 2015 was a sad day for the NBA as Steve Nash retired. One of the most elite point guards to ever play the game, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, eight-time time All-Star and future Hall of Famer announced his retirement with a letter to his fans.
The 6-foot, 3-inch Canadian point guard played soccer and did not pick up a basketball until he was a young teenager. However, he was drafted 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Santa Clara.
Following an unsuccessful first stint with Phoenix, the guard was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. In Dallas, Nash met Nowitzki and the two began to blossom into the NBA’s next league dominators. After consecutive playoff appearances and a failure to renegotiate on a long-term contract, Nash returned to the Phoenix Suns, a move that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly said he regretted.
Nash became teammates with a young, unpolished Amar’e Stoudemire. Together they would become one of the most unstoppable offensive one to punches in NBA history. The Nash and Stoudemire combination could be related to the John Stockton and Karl Malone era. With Phoenix, Nash became a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, eight- time NBA All-Star, led the league in assists five times and brought the Suns to the playoffs multiple times.
In 2012, Nash was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard as the NBA’s next super team. This “super team” failed and became an unfortunate disappointment. Age and injuries brought Nash to where he is today, retired.
The NBA certainly is going to miss Nash. The 41-year-old future first ballot Hall of Famer will be remembered as the greatest free throw shooter of all time, a great three-point shooter and team player. Steve Nash has become an inspiration for Canadian athletes. The NBA may have lost No.13, but his influence will always be present.