Steve Nash spent three years as a Los Angeles Laker

Steve Nash spent three years as a Los Angeles Laker

VIDEO: Steve Nash retires as Canada’s G.O.A.T.

Nash, 41 from Victoria, B.C., retired from the NBA on Saturday after 19 seasons played and 17,387 points scored.



Canada’s G.O.A.T. is moving on from the game he gave a maple leaf.

Pioneering two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA last weekend, after 19 (sorta) seasons played and 17,387 points scored. The 41-year-old Victoria native played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers during his nearly two-decade career, after a star-making college run with Santa Clara ended at the 1996 NBA Draft.

Nash retires as easily Canada’s greatest-ever basketball player, a player whose fame and success has paved the way for a growing contingent of young stars, including Tristan Thompson and last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.

Nash won his two league MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, his first in Phoenix where he’d annually take the Suns to the cusp of the NBA Finals, often thwarted by either the San Antonio Spurs or the L.A. Lakers. Before that, he spent six years in Dallas and formed a powerful one-two punch with Dirk Nowitzki – himself a G.O.A.T. from his native Germany.

Nash’s last three years were disastrous however, for both him and the Lakers. The point guard was injury riddled for much of his time in California, although he earned more than $9 million a year, and has missed the entire 2014-15 season with a back injury.

He retires as the NBA’s best-ever free throw shooter, with an all-time percentage of 90.4

Videos: The Canadian Press/SendToNews

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Keygan Power with brother Quintin and mom Allison while camping the weekend before Keygan’s brain hemorrhage on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo Allison Power)
Saanich teen ‘locked inside,’ regaining speech after severe brain hemorrhage

16-year-old suffers traumatic loss of function, still plays a mean game of chess

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: Vancouver Island in a January spike while B.C. cases decrease

Island’s top doc Dr. Stanwick breaks down the Island’s rising numbers

North Saanich is giving local businesses a break by waving renewal fees for 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich waives business renewal fees for 2021

The municipality raised $48,000 from businesses licences in 2020

The Sooke school district has filled all spots for their French immersion and nature kinderagarten programs in 2021-2022 school year. Regular kindergarten registration is still open and available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke school district gets surplus of nature, French immersion kindergarten applications

Not enough room for almost half of nature kindergarten applicants

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Shown is Quality Foods at 319 Island Highway in Parksville. The Island-based grocery chain announced on Jan. 25 it made a $2-per-hour pay premium, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, permanent. (Mandy Moraes photo)
COVID-19: Quality Foods makes $2-per-hour employee pay premium permanent

Island-based grocery chain had extended increase twice in 2020

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have arrested a prolific offender who is now facing more than 40 charges. (Black Press file photo)
‘Priority offender’ arrested in Cowichan Valley faces more than 40 charges

Tyler Elrix, 37, had a history of evading police; was ordered not to be in Vancouver Island

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

Most Read