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Steve Nash talks frankly about road back, end of his career (VIDEO)

Feb 13, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

That is fantastic work. By Grantland and by the filmmaking companies.

More importantly, it doesn’t work if Steve Nash doesn’t open up about coming to the end of his career and his fight to get back on the court.

We often try to paint professional athletes as two dimensional figures, guys who are there to entertain us and win us our fantasy leagues. This brings you a real, gritty, three dimensional Steve Nash as he winds down his career — not a whitewashing tribute, but the reality of how his (and other) careers end.

Most professional athletes can have a brutal honesty about themselves and those around them, something not always expressed publicly. Most are aware of their limitations, what others do better than them, what they do that works in the game (whether it be the NBA or NHL or NFL) — Steve Nash lets you in to see that honesty at work. That he knows he’s not the same player, that his mobility has changed. That he sees the darkness creeping in on his career and that he wants to rage, rage against the dying of the light. That he wants one more good run at it.

We also get a peek at the kind of work he has done to return from the nerve root problem that has essentially stymied his Lakers’ years. What he thought he was walking into 20 months ago and the reality of the team now are radically different, and as a competitor he wants to change that tide. His body just betrays him, it will not let him.

I normally like to say “if you read one thing today make it this,” but today I’d say if you watch on thing today, make it this Steve Nash piece from Grantland.

  1. psung26 - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Wish the best for this HOF legend. Hope he goes out right.

  2. sellahh - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    BUM!

    • ranfan12 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      it’s not good to talk about yourself that way. i wont judge you if you’re a bum though.

  3. imthedudedude - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    My bro showed me this video(what up Matt!) this morning when there was under 300 views. Looking at it now there are almost 10,000. Seein him practice with BD was pretty sick. It’s tough to see him go through this and even tougher to see the man himself say it. We love you Steve13.
    Long Live PHX

  4. calkinsrob - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Saw this and loved it. Everyone should check out the Bill Simmons article that goes along with it on Grantland.

    Im thinking about Nash’s legacy and where he ranks up with the best PGs in the history of the game. I know defense was a liability with nash all through out his career, but considering hes been one of the best distributors and shooters we’ve ever seen I think he can rank as high as 6 on the all time PG list. Thoughts?

    Or can we say that Nash is one of if not the greatest OFFENSIVE point guard(s) of all time. Looking at his shooting stats there’s no doubt hes one of the best shooters of all time. 4 times(almost 5) at 50-40-90 club. no one has gotten close to that. and I think he may have a chance at the best free throw % of all time. What do you guys think?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:05 AM

      Yes. Top 10 PG of all-time.

  5. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Amazing stuff. Damn this was deep. If he can play just one more season at an elite level and stay healthy I’d be so happy for him.

    I love playing pickup bball and always wonder if there’s a day that I can’t play anymore. I’m scared of that day and hope it never comes but it’s inevitable. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

  6. therealhtj - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Feelgood stories are great and everything, but the fact the Lakers even allowed Nash to play in that 10th game is a slap in the face to Lakers fans everywhere.

    First Kobe’s ridiculous extension and now this.

    This Front Office is a rudderless ship and apparently think the majority of Lakers fans are a bunch of drooling mongrels wearing 24 Jerseys. On second thought, reading this blog, they’re probably right. Carry on.

    • therealhtj - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Thumbs down all you want – If Nash was playing for your team, you’d be screaming bloody murder if they let him enter that 10th game.

  7. 5xchamp24 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Take that well deserved ride off into the sunset! Great HOF player!

  8. adoombray - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    This was the puffiest puff piece ever. Nash isn’t playing so he pouts for the camera and acts like a reality tv show actor. The reverence with which Simmon’s accompanying article shreds journalistic integrity is shocking

  9. azarkhan - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Steve Nash is a real gentleman and a class act. He was the engine that drove those amazing and fun to watch Phoenix Suns teams.

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