Over the weekend, one of basketball's greatest players ever announced his retirement.
Steve Nash, a two-time NBA most valuable player, wrote an open letter to his fans announcing his career in professional basketball had come to an end. It was a humble note, one that represented Nash as a player, person and teammate. He thanked many people, but started off by explaining how grateful he was to get to pursue his obsession.
The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much — visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes. The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.
And that is what I'm most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend — this ever-present pursuit — has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I've learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift.
While Nash's career in basketball may be over, what he left behind was a streak of creativity, unselfishness, and amazing highlights. Here are some of our favorite staples of his career, plus an awesome tribute highlight reel that was published last year.