Daily Gossip, Saturday 21/3/15

Another legend of the game has announced his retirement after 19 years in the NBA.

STEVE NASH OFFICIALLY CALLS IT A DAY

Certain first round Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash officially announced his retirement from the game the Player’s Tribune.

Nash won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and ranks third in the all-time assists table.

Via ESPN:

“The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much — visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes,” Nash, 41, wrote. “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.

“And that is what I’m most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend — this ever-present pursuit — has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I’ve learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift.”

Nash, who didn’t play this season with the Los Angeles Lakers because of injuries, finishes his career with 10,335 assists, third-most in NBA history behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER SHOWS HIS APPRECIATION 

SHOWTIME ON SOUTH BEACH

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside is trying to keep his name out of the headlines these days.

Except when its in the positive light.

During Miami’s 108-91 win over Denver on Friday, Whiteside gave the Heat fans a highlight.

Via Palm Beach Post:

Miami was flush with confidence taking on a Denver team that lost interest in this season a while ago, and the victory was rarely in doubt.

In the middle of the third quarter, after cutting Miami’s margin to 67-60, Randy Foye threw a careless inbounds pass that Whiteside intercepted and took down the left side of the court on a one-man fastbreak for his “Waffle House” dunk. As he flew in uncontested, he took the ball in his right hand and swung it down by his knees before crushing the rim.

“Next time I’ll do something a little more fancy,” said Whiteside, who had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. “I just cocked it back as far as I could and threw it down. I know the fans liked that.”