Steve Nash: There’s A Difference Between Basketball & Golf

Last week, you may have heard the hubbub surrounding Steve Nash’s trip to a TopGolf facility. The Lakers’ 40-year-old guard is sidelined for the season due to back problems, but he posted an Instagram video of his nice golf swing, which resulted in fans getting a little perturbed.

The video has since been taken down, and the fan reaction led Nash to write a letter, which he posted on his Facebook page. You can read the whole thing here, but following are some key points:

I definitely don’t want to be a distraction, but I felt it best everyone heard from me in my own words…

… 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. Once you’re asked to accelerate and decelerate with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand.

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 will be rocking.

Social media is a great thing – until the people whose lives we enjoy getting glimpses into stop using it because they’re so harshly criticized for living their life rather than the one others expect them to.

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