Steve Nash Should Have Said Piss Off But Instead Wrote A Nice Letter
You know when you saw your teacher outside of school and it was weird -- because teachers don't have lives. They were just... teachers, right?
Basketball players have lives, too. It's just they are under so much scrutiny that, now, they've got to defend those personal lives.
Steve Nash is taking the year, and Los Angeles Lakers fans have been ruthless about it. If you've ever had a chronic injury, if you've ever experienced chronic pain, you'll know what Steve Nash is going through right now -- and may continue to go through for the rest of his life. So sitting behind a computer screen and questioning one of the toughest players in the NBA is ridiculous. Nash is a grinder -- it's just that he's worn down. At a certain point, you can only break a body so much before it will never heal again. It sounds like Steve Nash has already passed the point of no return, but he's trying to salvage what he has left of his body.
He wrote about his injuries and day-to-day life on Facebook (the entire post is at the bottom of this article):
I have a ton of miles on my back. Three buldging disks (a tear in one), stenosis of the nerve route and spondylolisthesis. I suffer from sciatica and after games I often can't sit in the car on the drive home, which has made for some interesting rides. Most nights I'm bothered by severe cramping in both calves while I sleep, a result of the same damn nerve routes, and the list goes on somewhat comically. That's what you deserve for playing over 1,300 NBA games. By no means do I tell you this for sympathy - especially since I see these ailments as badges of honor - but maybe I can bring some clarity.
I've always been one of the hardest workers in the game and I say that at the risk of what it assumes. The past 2 years I've worked like a dog to not only overcome these setbacks but to find the form that could lift up and inspire the fans in LA as my last chapter. Obviously it's been a disaster on both fronts but I've never worked harder, sacrificed more or faced such a difficult challenge mentally and emotionally.
In some ways, this post comes off as exactly what he doesn't want it to be: a sob story. But you question a man's honor -- a man's effort -- and he's bound to get defensive. And somehow, Nash has become a scapegoat for the Lakers' lack of success. For a team that's been successful for so long, it's not easy to cope with losing. I get that.
But don't blame Nash. Hell, don't blame Kobe. Blame the organization for being unprepared for players like them getting injured. Remember, Kobe and Nash are definitely more frustrated than their fans. They're winners and try-hards, who likely loathe being on a losing team. The Nash-bashing is simply a product of Lakers fans not knowing what to do with their anger. Patriots reporters asked Bill Belichick about his "quarterback situation" after Week 4 of the NFL regular season. Think that was an overreaction?
People do stupid things when their team is losing (and winning) -- that's an unfortunate part of sports.
Nash addressed, head on, the idiots (he didn't call them idiots, I did) who criticized him for playing golf with an injured back. Because swinging a driver on a driving range is different than the NBA. Anyone who can't see that must be blinded by the Lakers' ineptitude. But Nash is nice and empathetic about it.
This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park. Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks. Once you're asked to accelerate and decelerate with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand.
I'm doing what I've always done which is share a bit of my off-court life in the same way everyone else does. Going forward I hope we all can refocus our energies on getting behind these Lakers. This team will be back and Staples will be rocking.
What a guy. I wonder if The Players Tribune is looking for writers.
Here's the original post on Nash's Facebook:
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