It was a sad day for basketball fans the world over today as Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash announced his retirement from the game.
After a 19-year career in which he twice won NBA MVP honors, and assured himself of a place in the Hall of Fame, Nash formally announced he is walking away from the game
The 41-year old took to Derek Jeter's new website The Player's Tribune where he penned a letter to announce his decision to leave basketball after nearly two decades in the league.
"I will likely never play basketball again. It's bittersweet. I already miss the game deeply, but I'm also really excited to learn to do something else," Nash wrote.
Nash is currently in the third year of his contract with the Lakers and there is still a fair portion of the season to go, but injury has forced the Canadian to leave the game.
"This letter is for anyone who's taken note of my career. At the heart of this letter, I'm speaking to kids everywhere who have no idea what the future holds or how to take charge of their place in it. When I think of my career, I can't help but think of the kid with his ball, falling in love. That's still what I identify with and did so throughout my entire story," the point god added.
We were deprived of a Nash appreciated season by an injury that he suffered in the pre-season, picking up a heavy bag that caused his back to give out and bring his career to an untimely end.
Nash leaves the game he gave so much to as an eight-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and third all-time in assists. It's unfortunate that Nash never got his hands on an NBA title, but he'll still be remembered as one of the best point guards of the modern era. And rightly so.