Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball upcourt during a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on Feb. 11, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA on Saturday after 18 seasons.

The 41-year-old hinted at retirement earlier this month when he told TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver, “the NBA game is just a touch too far for me.”

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In October, it was announced that Nash would miss the entire 2014-15 season due to recurring nerve damage in his back.

The two-time MVP last appeared in 15 games for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14 and previously said he expected this season to be his last.

Nash wrote a post about his retirement for The Player’s Tribune.
https://mobile.twitter.com/SteveNash/status/579348421624000512

Nash appeared in 1,217 games for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers. He averaged 14.3 points, 8.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game and holds a 49% career field goal percentage and a 42.8% three-point percentage.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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