For Pete's Sake

Lakers guard Steve Nash writes letter to fans

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash. The Associated Press

Guard Steve Nash posted an letter to Lakers fans on his Facebook page late last night.

Why?

A segment of the Lakers faithful was displeased with Nash after he posted a video of himself swinging a golf club on his Instagram account. That’s because Nash is out for the season with a back injury and he’s reportedly due to make nearly $10 million.

Here are some highlights from Nash’s letter:

“I have a ton of miles on my back. Three buldging (sic) 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. ...

“I understand why some fans are disappointed. I haven’t been able to play a lot of games or at the level we all wanted. Unfortunately that’s a part of pro sports that happens every year on every team. I wish desperately it was different. I want to play more than anything in the world. I’ve lost an incredible amount of sleep over this disappointment. ...

“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.”

You can find the entire letter here.

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