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Steve Nash is struggling with reality of life after hoops

  • Jason Whitney

Steve Nash compared ending his basketball career to death

Two-time MVP Steve Nash is living out the final days of his basketball life and is struggling to come to grips with it. Although Nash will play out his final year next season with the Los Angeles Lakers, assuming the Lakers don’t cut him, he has been less than stellar in his first two seasons with the Lake Show. And now a poignant Steve Nash expressed his thoughts about last season and moving forward in a recent interview with For The Win.

Via USA Today/For The Win:

“I felt like with injuries and the place I was in, I felt like my game was disappearing without any warning, and it put me in a really dark place,” he said. “It may sound superficial, but it made me feel scared and anxious.”

“Whether it’s an athlete reaching the end of his high school, college or pro career,” Nash said, “or whether it’s a person that has to give up something they’ve loved for a long time, it’s a story we all know. And it’s a story I think most men gloss over.

“When you have to give up something you love, most men just say, ‘You know, it’s time to hang ‘em up.’ We don’t really give ourselves time to deal with it, and breathe, and I think for a lot of us it haunts us for years to come.”

Nash would go on to compare ending his basketball career to death.

“[A lot of people] never got that severance, a time to grieve and say goodbye,” he said. “It really is like a death. You’re so passionate about it, you put so much energy and drive into it and then, all of a sudden, it’s just gone.”

“It’s not like [most people] have the foresight to say, ‘Ah, this is my last year, I’m going to try to enjoy this and say goodbye.’ You go and do what you’ve always done and then, one day, it’s just gone.”

It’s always sad to see a legend of the game come to grips with hanging it up, but this seems like Nash might really struggle in his post basketball life. Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity to stay in the game as a possible coach or commentator.

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