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West Coast sports roundup, Week 12: Steve Nash retires from NBA, UCLA advances to Sweet 16

NBA: Lakers Steve Nash retires from NBA

Steve Nash

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash announced Saturday that he is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons.

Nash has an illustrious career finishing with 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 also 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.

During the prime of his career, Nash was considered by many as one of the best point guards in the league. He was the head of snake for the NBA’s best offense with the Phoenix Suns, where he won his back-to-back MVP awards.

However since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal on a three-year, $27 million contract Nash has dealt with a flurry of injuries that all stemmed from a broken leg that he suffered in his second regular season game with the team.

Last season he was limited to just 15 games played due to lingering nerve damage in his lower back, and was ruled out for this year because of ongoing back issues. In total, he was only able to take the floor in just 65 of a possible 164 regular-season games in the past two seasons with the Lakers.

Nash was seen as a true profession on and off the court, and a lock for the hall of fame.

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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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