Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash formally called it a career on Tuesday during a news conference at the Los Angeles Lakers’ facility in El Segundo, Calif.
The 41-year-old Nash played 18 seasons in the league before injuries ended his brief run with the Lakers.
Nash reflected on his improbable story of a kid who was barely recruited becoming one of the NBA’s top players.
The 6-foot point guard who attended Santa Clara, his only scholarship offer, averaged 14.3 points per game during his NBA career. He wasn’t a prolific scorer or gifted athlete, but his skill and fitness made him an eight-time All-Star. Nash ranks third in career assists.
“I was never a sure thing,” Nash said. “I had to overcome a lot to get to the level I got to. There were a lot of ingredients, but the key ingredient was hard work. My story is something that kids can learn from and relate to. It feels good to be able leave that behind as my story.”
Nash spent a majority of his career with the Phoenix Suns and never won an NBA title or played in the NBA Finals.
“There’s a lot of disappointment not to win a championship,” Nash said. “At the same time, I definitely left it all out there. There have been a number of players with tremendous careers who haven’t won titles. They probably feel similar. They wish they could have taken a title, but that final step wasn’t to be. I played on some great teams and had a lot of success.”
Nash was with the Lakers for his final three seasons but played in only 50 games in 2012-13 and 15 games last season. This season, he went to training camp but could not overcome the injuries.
“I came here with huge hopes and dreams,” he said. “I was incredibly excited and humbled to come here and play for the Lakers. For it not to be in the cards was a failure and a huge disappointment.”