Steve Nash took some heat from disgruntled Los Angeles Lakers fans this past week after posting a video of himself hitting a golf ball at a driving range despite being ruled out for the season with a back injury.
Some fans questioned the legitimacy of the veteran's back injury with many claiming that because he was capable of hitting a golf ball, he should be able to take to the court in an NBA game.
Nash though has today responded to the critics, penning an open letter to Lakers fans in which he offers a breakdown of his injury as well as urging Lakers fans to refocus their energies away from him and onto the struggling franchise.
"There is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park."
Perhaps the highlight of the letter though is when Nash offers a little comparison between elite NBA basketball and simple leisure activities.
"This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park."
"Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks. Once you’re asked to accelerate and decelerate with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand."
You can read the extended letter via this link, but clearly Nash was not content to sit back and take the criticism, standing up for his professional integrity.
Minority in LA
We would like to think that it is a vocal minority of Lakers fans who took time out to focus their anger on Steve Nash. Their frustration that the former Phoenix Suns man has been unable to suit up regularly since arriving in 2012 is understandable, but to suggest Nash is simply sitting out through choice is fairly ridiculous.
Moreover, with the rest of the Lakers roster having failed to win a game yet this regular-season there are several other players out there who should be put under the microscope above Nash.