In the letter posted on Nash's Facebook page, the veteran point guard described the difficulty and pain he has faced over the last two seasons, stating he "understand[s] why some fans are disappointed."
I have a ton of miles on my back. Three budging 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.
Earlier this week, Nash, a two-time MVP, came under fire from Lakers fans after he posted a video of him swinging a golf club.
"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," Nash wrote in the letter. "Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks... "
Over the last two seasons, the 40-year-old point guard has played just 65 games due to injuries. Nash arrived in Los Angeles via a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix in 2012.
You can read the entire letter below.
-- Alex Suskind