Houston, Mar 22 (EFE).- Canadian NBA great Steve Nash, the winner of two Most Valuable Player awards, on the weekend officially announced that he was ending his 19-year career.
Nash, 41, played first for the Phoenix Suns, who traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, although afterwards he returned to the Suns and ended his professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The point guard has been battling a chronic back injury in the pre-season this year.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nash brought his career to a close with 10,335 assists, the third-most in NBA history after U.S. guards John Stockton with 15,806 and Jason Kidd with 12,091.
He is also considered to be the best free-throw shooter in league history, with a 90.4 percent average.
Although for nine consecutive seasons from 2001-2001 through 2008-2009, he was the key player on NBA teams that were No. 1 on offense, during his brief time with The Lakers Nash has been battling injuries and the team has been setting marks for the worst season in franchise history in consecutive seasons.
"I will likely never play basketball again," he wrote in a letter to The Players Tribune. "It's bittersweet. I already miss the game deeply, but I'm also really excited to learn to do something else."
Nash played in just 15 games last season and in two preseason games this year before his back injury became aggravated and he was sidelined. EFE