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Lakers Steve Nash says ‘NBA game is just a touch too far for me’

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It has been a difficult last couple of years for Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, and in an interview with TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver he acknowledged that his NBA career may have come to a conclusion, according to SI.com.

“Unfortunately the NBA game is just a touch too far for me,” the 41-year-old Nash said. “I play one game and I’m out for up to a month. That nerve… I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve. I’ve never worked as hard as I did the last 18 months, two years, twice a day, almost every day to try to just give it that one last year or so. I had to finally, kind of, admit that it’s not to be. It’s tough, but I also feel a sense of acceptance because I gave everything I possibly could.”

Nash had been ruled out for the 2014-15 season just a few days before opening night because of ongoing back problems. His back ailments have been a persistent issue over the past two seasons because of lingering nerve damage that developed after he suffered a broken left leg in the second game of the 2012-13 regular season.

Last season, he was only able to play in 15 games because of a variety injuries that stemmed from his back. It had appeared that he was physically past his back issues last offseason, but things quickly downhill after he suffered a setback in the third preseason game.

Shortly following that things continued to worsen as he hurt his back carrying luggage prior to practice, and he was declared out fort he season a few days later.

If this is indeed the end for Nash, it has been a Hall of Fame worthy career that he has finished that consisted of numerous accolades such as two NBA MVP awards (2005-2006), eight All-Star game selections (2002-2003, 2005-2008, 2010, 2012), three All-NBA First Team nominations (2005-2007), two All-NBA Second Team selections (2008, 2010), and two All-NBA Third Team nominations.

He is third on the NBA’s career assists list only trailing  John Stockton and Jason Kidd. He is also the most accurate free-throw shooter in NBA history at 90.4 percent.

Nash is in the final year of his three-year, $27 million contract with the Lakers that pays him $9.7 million.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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