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Two-Time MVP Steve Nash Announces Retirement

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NBA MVP Steve Nash calls it quits after 19-year career.

Two-Time MVP Steve Nash Announces Retirement

As of Saturday afternoon, Steve Nash's NBA career is officially over. The two-time MVP, who has not been able to play for the Los Angeles Lakers this season due to nerve damage in his back, has decided it is time to call it. He announced his retirement on "The Players Tribune" in a published letter. 

Nash, 41, was ruled out of the season in October, and though his retirement was expected since then, this puts an end to an impressive and unexpected 19-year NBA career. He won back-to-back MVP honors in 04-05/05-06, tallied the third-most assists in league history, and assured his place as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game. 

In his letter to The Players Tribune, he talks about how thankful he is, why he has decided to retire and how much the game means to him, saying that it "has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable." 

Here are just a few of the absurd stats that Steve Nash was able to compile during his tenure with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers, one where he tallied over 38,000 minutes in 1,217 games played:

Career averages of 14.3 PPG, 8.5 APG, 2.6 RPG
17,387 Points
10,335 Assists (3rd All-Time)
90.4 percent FT Average (1st All-Time)
42.8 percent 3P Average (9th All-Time)
2.97 Assist/Turnover Ratio
60.5 TS% (15th All-Time)
55.6 EFG% (18th All-Time)

He suffered several health issues during his career, but especially over the last three years. Nash was sidelined for all but 15 games last season, and played only 65 games out of 164 regular-season games the past two seasons with the Lakers.

And though the end of his career wasn't what we would have hoped, the mark Nash left on the game for this generation of players and the next is undeniable. Nash's amazing years with the Suns in the mid-2000s helped open up the game and encouraged the free-flowing offense that is so prevalent today. Nash's inventive, spontaneous, dazzling and brilliant play at point guard is something that will be remembered for a long, long time. Here's to a wonderful career, Steve.

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