Nash explains that playing in the NBA and his recreational activities are completely different…
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has written an open letter addressing the recent backlash he received after posting a video of himself playing golf.
The two-time NBA MVP posted a video on Instagram earlier this week of him hitting golf balls at a driving range, but he received significant criticism for it after being ruled out for the entire season with a back injury.
Nash has struggled with back problems for the past two seasons and it has been a source of great frustration for Lakers fans not to see the 40-year-old in regular action.
However, it appears as though some were incensed by the idea that Nash is able to go out and play golf but is incapable of practising and playing competitive basketball.
The former Phoenix Suns star addressed those issues in a letter on his Facebook page and explained the difference between the two.
“I definitely don’t want to be a distraction, but I felt it best everyone heard from me in my own words.
“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 [Stephen] Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand.”
Nash has since deleted the video of him at the driving range, and Lakers coach Byron Scott has come to his defence and insisted that the point guard has to be able to do enjoy himself and have a life while he goes through rehabilitation. In addition, he also told Lakers fans to relax.
Nash was sidelined for all but 15 games last season and has played in 65 of a possible 164 regular season games since joining the Lakers. While he admits that he understands the fans’ disappointment, he detailed the injury woes that he has suffered from in recent times and has previously hinted that this season would be his last in the NBA.
“I have a ton of miles on my back,” Nash wrote. “Three bulging 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.
He concluded his letter by writing, “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 [Center] will be rocking.”