Steve Nash may never play professional basketball again.
According to the Associated Press, a back injury has successfully prevented Nash from playing this season for the Lakers. “Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now,” he said. “I work very hard to stay healthy, and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health.”
Although he’s refused to call this upcoming season a farewell tour, Nash has said in the past that this season would likely be his last. Now it’s looking like he’s not going to be playing basketball at all. Not only is he the NBA’s oldest active player, he also managed to snag two MVP awards. Unfortunately, his legacy also comes with the burdens of legal battles with his ex-wife.
This July, Fox News reported a settlement was made in the child custody case between Nash, and his wife, Alejandra Amarilla Menrath. But that was only a recent conclusion to a battle that has marred Nash since his divorce in 2011.
There was a lot of public confusion surrounding the case. TMZ was baffled that Nash said flat-out “I don’t want my kids to grow up in L.A.”, yet, when the court ruled that his ex-wife couldn’t move the family from Phoenix, TMZ reported he apparently allowed the move anyway.
If Steve Nash’s Instagram is any indication, Los Angeles has grown on the player as a place to raise his children. He’ll certainly have more time with them now that his injury prevents him from playing.