One of the hardest things about being a sports fan is watching a player struggle towards the end of their career. Especially, when it’s a great player. Steve Nash has no doubt been a great player throughout his 18-year career. However, as cliche as it is, it’s true — all great things must come to an end. Many feel that the end is very near for the oft-injured point guard.
After he left yet another game on Sunday with leg trouble, Nash-retirement rumors really started to swirl. Reports have come out stating that friends close to PG say he’s told them he’ll retire at season’s end. However, Nash has since come out and squashed this talk by saying, “Right now, I have no intentions to stop playing.”
Oh course Nash doesn’t have any intentions of retiring. I believe every word of that statement. But facts are facts — his body can’t hold up any longer. I’m sure he has an intense desire to continue playing basketball, but it’s just not in the cards.
I’ll be surprised if the 40-year old can finish out the season, even playing a limited role. There’s just no way he’s ever going to be 100 percent again and even if he could get back to ‘full’ health, it would be full health for a 40-year old. You don’t see many guys still in the league at 40, and that’s for good reason.
Nash can deny for now, but it’s only a matter of time before we hear the announcement of his retirement. It will be a sad day, but it’s a day that comes for all the greats.