"There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later."
That quote makes you wonder what's going on inside the head of Steve Nash, who, at 36, continues to play basketball at a high level despite being one of the NBA's old guys.
Only nine players in the entire league are older than Nash. Six of these players didn't even average 24 minutes per game this past season.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns point guard missed only one start this season, averaged 16.5 points and 11 assists per game, and put up elite .51/.43/.94 shooting percentages. Nash was named an All-Star for the seventh time.
Oh yeah, his team also won 54 games in the regular season and is currently up 2-0 in a playoff series against a tough San Antonio Spurs team that upset the second seeded Dallas Mavericks.
Do you think Nash realizes he's defying the natural order set in place by the basketball gods? Does he know he should be coming off the bench as a three-point specialist at this point in his career?
Go ahead and ask him, but be prepared to duck. After all, us old guys take offense to being doubted; just because we complain of soreness and perpetually carry a hint of Bengay doesn't mean we can't still light you up.
Nash isn't the only village elder who's out there schooling the kids. Let's look at the NBA's Top 20 players who were over the age of 30 during the 2010 season.