Victoria’s Steve Nash, the greatest Canadian basketball player in NBA history, all but confirmed his impending retirement last week.
Nash, 40, was speaking to European channel Sport TV during a game between Canada’s national basketball team and Slovenia’s national team, when he said the 2014/15 season is more than likely his last in the NBA.
“Yeah, I think this is my last season,” Nash said. “But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. You know, I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball, so it would be nice to play one more year.”
Nash was born in South Africa but raised in B.C. and attended St. Michaels University in Victoria. He played just 15 games last year and 50 the season before. He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2012 season, but has suffered through injury trouble and struggled on the court.
The two-time NBA MVP and eight-time All Star has never won a championship in his 18 years as a pro, and is in the final campaign of his three-year contract with Los Angeles.
Nash is also the league’s all-time most proficient free throw shooter, with a record percentage of .9043.
He is also the general manager of Canada’s national team, which is why he was interviewed by Sport TV last week.