Steve Nash
Canadian professional basketball player
Steve Nash
Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC is a South African-born Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nash enjoyed a successful high-school basketball career, and he was eventually given a scholarship by Santa Clara University. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
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Fragile Male State Senator Not OK With College Course On Masculinity
Huffington Post - about 2 months
A Republican state senator from Wisconsin has a bone to pick with UW-Madison’s new course exploring masculinity.  Sen. Steve Nass reportedly sent an email to his colleagues condemning the “Men’s Project,” a course in which anyone identifying as male can explore their masculinity under the lens of “media & pop culture, vulnerability, sexuality, hook up culture, alcohol, relationships, and violence,” according to the Men’s Project website. But what sounds like an interesting and educational course was interpreted by Sen. Nass as a declaration of “war.” Nass’s email to his fellow lawmakers was sent with a rather dramatic subject line: “UW-Madison Declares War on Men and their Masculinity ― Not a Joke.” In the body of the email, Nass wrote that “the highly paid leaders at UW-Madison now believe that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have done a poor job of raising their boys by trying to instill in them the values and characteristics necessary in becoming a Man,” before repor ...
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How Steve Nash and Owen Hargreaves fulfilled each other's dreams
CNN - 3 months
Owen Hargreaves was a basketball fanatic who became an international soccer star. Steve Nash dreamed of being a football great, and ended up in the NBA's Hall of Fame.
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London exhibition to feature NBA pop culture ties
Yahoo News - 4 months
A London exhibition next week will feature the NBA and its links to popular culture over time, the league announced Wednesday. Canadian NBA guard Steve Nash will be on hand as "NBA Crossover" is unveiled October 28-30 in Shoreditch, chronicling the convergence of NBA players and game action with music, film, fashion, television and video games. The exhibition, a first of its sort for the NBA, will utilize interactive exhibits to showcase how the league and popular culture have influenced each other over decades.
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League proud to be progressive, but more can be done
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA has long been considered the most progressive of North America's four major professional sports leagues when it comes to gender equity but more work can be done, according to some owners and former players. Heading into the NBA's current season, currently on break for All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the league led the way in North America with two female assistant coaches among its 30 teams. "We can always do more but I think the NBA has always been a leader in human rights and I think we're a very inclusive league and product from a fan standpoint as well," said Steve Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who retired last year, told Reuters.
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Steve Nash Dissects Why The NBA's Rookie-Veteran Relationship Is So Crucial
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A blur of purple and orange, and seemingly everywhere at once, Steve Nash had the kind of vision and innate understanding of the game that point guards dream of. If a teammate were out in transition or waiting, hands up, in the corner, it took just a quick moment and a flick of his wrist for Nash to seemingly bend space and stop time, lacing the ball through the swarm of defenders and straight to the chest of his target, setting up the shot perfectly, per usual. If you also donned a Phoenix Suns jersey, the two-time MVP would find you before you yourself even knew you were open. That’s simply what Nash did throughout his 18-year NBA career -- he’d scan the open floor before him, then guide his teammates toward the spots in which they’d excel, maximizing their potential with just the jerk of his head or the look in his eye. So it makes sense that even today, the now retired, 41-year-old Nash is still fixated on this idea of helping teammates grow. As he sees it, a car ...
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Yao, Shaq, Iverson could join Hall of Fame in 2016
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Expected changes to the Basketball Hall of Fame election process could see Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and China's Yao Ming among those inducted in 2016, according to an NBA website report on Monday. Citing unnamed sources, the report said the Basketball Hall of Fame changes will include reducing by one year the wait for eligibility for induction to the sporting shrine. The new plan would see eligibility after five calendar years rather than five NBA seasons and that would open the door early for several candidates that could be first ballot selections, notably Yao, O'Neal, Iverson as well as Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.
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Kobe Bryant Retires, Possibly to Pursue Film but Needs to Rewrite Lakers Happy Ending
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Thanksgiving weekend came with a twist this year as Kobe Bryant announced his retirement, putting the capstone on a storied career. Asked to speculate what's next for Bryant, journalists Michael Wilbon and J.A. Adande both alluded to the legend's passion for storytelling, hinting at creative pursuits such as filmmaking. With the organization in shambles, now's the time for Kobe the future film mogul to reboot this Hollywood tragedy the same way he has scripted his entire career. Oddly it all makes perfect sense. Bryant's entire career was built around a narrative he himself had penned, and that he was hell-bent on fulfilling. Now as a new breed triple thread - producer, writer and director, the man with more comebacks than Rocky must pull for a management overhaul and remake the Lakeshow like it was his own Adonis Creed. In retrospect, the five parts of his career flow perfectly, but the final parts are a work in progress. Part I: Genesis. It started with overnight stard ...
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Lakers are routed as Warriors set record with 16th win in a row to start a season
LATimes - about 1 year
History was created Tuesday with the Lakers on the court. It wasn't the type their franchise was built upon, continuing an unsettling downward spiral that has chewed them into tiny pieces since they acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the seemingly perfect summer of 2012. The Golden State...
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Reinventing the Mamba
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close. His points, assists, and rebounds numbers are his lowest since his second year in the league (if we discount his six-game run two years ago). He's making less than 34 percent of his total shots, and less than 24 percent of his three pointers. His effective field goal percentage (field goal percentage that adjusts for the value of three pointers) is less than Lance Stepehnson's last year, which many consider to be the worst season ever put together by someone playing 20 minutes or more a game. His shot selection feels like a parody of his worst tendencies. I understand where he's coming from, the last time Kobe played an actual portion of the season, people still thought he and the Lakers were done. It was the 2012-2013 season, and the recent acquisitions of Steve Nash, Dwight Howa ...
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How Stephen Curry Rocketed To Another Level
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In transition, a step-back three. In the corner, fading away, to tie the game, a three. Crossover, crossover, behind the back, another three. Unless you were entirely off the grid, in some place that had no access to ESPN, Twitter or GIFs for the past 12 months, it was virtually impossible to miss Golden State Warrior point guard Stephen Curry’s nightly barrage of show-stopping jump shots from downtown. Curry connected from deep at an unbelievable 44.3 percent clip in 2014-2015, a stat that comprised just part of his MVP-earning 48.7 percent overall field goal clip. His Warriors team skipped through the regular season, whipped through the Western Conference’s stacked half of the playoffs bracket and -- after a slight scare in the shape of 6-foot-4-inch Cleveland Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova -- grabbed hold of that elusive Larry O’Brien Trophy, winning the NBA title.  Curry was great. Inspiring, even. Now, if it’s possible, he has somehow raised his play to an entirely new lev ...
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Steve Nash joins Warriors as player development consultant
LATimes - over 1 year
After three injury-plagued seasons with the Lakers, Steve Nash retired as a player. On Friday, he officially joined the Golden State Warriors as a player development consultant. "I look forward to joining Coach [Steve] Kerr and his great staff and helping out in any way that I can," said Nash in...
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Basketball diplomacy begins in Cuba
CNN - almost 2 years
The NBA held its first training camp in Cuba. Former MVP Steve Nash and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro were there. CNN's Patrick Oppmann takes us courtside.
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NBA brings basketball diplomacy to Cuba
CNN - almost 2 years
The NBA held its first training camp in Cuba. Former MVP Steve Nash and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro were there. CNN's Patrick Oppmann takes us courtside.
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NBA makes inroads to Cuba with first-ever workshop
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired NBA stars Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo turned into basketball ambassadors on Thursday in the first outreach by a U.S. professional sports league to Cuba since the thaw in U.S. relations with the communist-ruled island. Mutombo took charge of a practice for aspirants to the Cuban women's national team and Nash showed off his shooting, passing and ballhandling skills in the first day of a four-day workshop that will include playing street ball with kids. The National Basketball Association conducts such workshops around the globe but this was the first in Cuba, which had been cut off for more than half a century by the antagonism between Washington and Havana.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Nash
  • 2016
    In March 2016, Nash became engaged to Lilla Frederick, a former Pepperdine University and junior women's U.S. team volleyball player. They married in September 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Nash's younger brother, Martin, played soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and made 30 appearances for the Canadian national soccer team. Their younger sister, Joann, was the captain of the University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team for three years and was named a Canada West Universities Athletic Association All-Star. She is married to professional ice hockey player Manny Malhotra. Nash has a medical condition called spondylolisthesis, which causes muscle tightness and back pain. Due to the condition, when he is not in the game he lies on his back rather than sitting on the bench to keep his muscles from stiffening. In 2001, Nash formed the Steve Nash Foundation. Through grants to public service and nonprofit entities, the foundation aims to foster health in kids by funding projects that provide services to children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or neglect, and create opportunity for education, play, and empowerment. It focuses its resources on communities in Phoenix, Arizona, and British Columbia, Canada. It was given charitable status in 2004. This foundation was awarded the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy in 2008. Nash also founded the Jim Jennings Memorial Endowment Fund, established in honour of a volunteer staff member at Santa Clara University who served the basketball team for more than 20 years.
    On January 5, 2016, it was announced that Nash was part of a group that purchased a $21 million stake in Spanish Segunda División club RCD Mallorca.
    More Details Hide Details The group also included Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and Suns vice chairman Andy Kohlberg. Nash and a Montreal-based partner, Leonard Schlemm, opened the first Steve Nash Sports Club in the spring of 2007 in downtown Vancouver, a high-end, $5-million, facility that will mirror Nash's own fitness philosophy. In 2007, Nash wrote and produced an 81-second commercial for Nike titled "Training Day", directed by Julian Schnabel's daughter Lola, which gained popularity as a viral video on YouTube. Nash also started a film production company together with his cousin, filmmaker Ezra Holland, and intends to produce independent films. The first creative effort to come from Meathawk was a 91-second commercial, titled "The Sixty Million Dollar Man", for Nike's eco-friendly Trash Talk shoe, the first high-performance shoe to be made—at the behest of the environmentally conscious Nash—from recycled materials. Nash has worn the shoe since February 2008 but Nike produced only 5,000 pairs for sale. The ad which broke virally on Earth Day 2008, was written by Nash and the directors of the spot, Danny Vaia and Ezra Holland. It is a spoof remake of the title sequence of the American television series The Six Million Dollar Man and plays on Nash's numerous on-court collisions. Amar'e Stoudemire and Raja Bell have cameo appearances. Nash and Holland also co-directed the documentary Into the Wind, about iconic Canadian athlete and activist Terry Fox, as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series.
    During his first season with Golden State, the Warriors produced a record-breaking 73–9 season, although the team fell short in the 2016 NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Nash was cut from the Canadian junior national team by head coach Ken Olynyk, father of future NBA player Kelly Olynyk. At age 17, he was the youngest member of Team Canada at the 1991 World University Games, where the team won a silver medal. In 1993, while in college, he played for the senior national team at the Tournament of the Americas and competed in the Canada Games (for the British Columbia team) and World University Games. He won a bronze medal at the Canada Games and won a silver medal at the World University Games, losing to Team USA in a closely contested final, which included players such as Michael Finley and Damon Stoudamire. At the 1999 Tournament of the Americas, Nash led Canada to the silver medal, qualifying the team for the Olympics for the first time in 12 years; he was named tournament MVP. Nash captained Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He led Canada to win their round robin group with a victory over Spain and a stunning 83–75 win over favoured Yugoslavia when he scored 26 points with eight rebounds and eight assists. Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a five-point loss to France and Nash left the court in tears. Nash expressed disappointment with the result, saying "It hurts a lot. I feel like I let everybody down. We could have been in the championship game.
  • 2015
    On September 25, 2015, it was confirmed that Nash would take on part-time consulting duties for the Golden State Warriors.
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    Nash announced his retirement from playing on March 21, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Before the announcement, the Cleveland Cavaliers had said to Nash's agent that they were interested in him as a backup for Kyrie Irving if Nash asked for a buyout. Nash refused it, due to both his health concerns and wanting to retire as a Laker in gratitude for the opportunity given by the club. Nash was later on approached by another former team of his, the Dallas Mavericks, to have one last season with them instead, but he declined due to his aforementioned health concerns.
  • 2014
    In July 2014, Nash announced that the 2014–15 season would be his last.
    More Details Hide Details During the preseason, he experienced back pain, and further aggravated his back while lifting luggage. On 23 October, less than a week before the start of what would have been the 40-year-old Nash's 19th year in the NBA, he was ruled out for the season due to a recurring back injury. Nash only played in three preseason games before he started to feel more pain in his back. Nash on injuring his back: "Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now. I work very hard to stay healthy, and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest and will focus on my long-term health."
    On February 7, 2014, his 40th birthday, he scored a season-high 19 points in a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
    More Details Hide Details On March 13, Nash was ruled out for the remainder of the season by D'Antoni. He was suffering from a recurrence of nerve problems stemming from an earlier collision to his left leg with Chicago's Kirk Hinrich, and the Lakers wanted to give Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar more playing time. However, Nash returned on March 21 after a groin injury to Farmar that was expected to sideline him a minimum of two weeks.
    Nash returned on February 4, 2014, shooting 3-for-6 for 7 points.
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  • 2013
    During 2013–14 season, Nash continued to suffer nerve problems stemming from his leg injury the prior season.
    More Details Hide Details In November, he was sidelined for an estimated minimum of two weeks due to nerve root irritation.
    However, they lost their next four, including a 125–112 loss to Houston on 8 January 2013, when Nash assisted on an Antawn Jamison jumper to become the fifth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career assists.
    More Details Hide Details Kobe Bryant was moved to defend the opponent's primary ball handler, freeing Nash from unfavourable matchups. Nash also struggled with Dwight Howard to run the pick and roll, a play that D'Antoni had expected would be a staple for the Lakers. D'Antoni moved Nash off the ball and made him more of a spot-up shooter, while Bryant became the primary facilitator on offense. Nash missed the last eight games of the season with a right hip injury that also caused nerve damage in his right hamstring. The team qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed, but were swept 4–0 by San Antonio in the first round. Nash missed the last two games of the series after recurring issues with his hip and hamstring. In what he called arguably "the most frustrating" season of his career, Nash missed a career-high 32 games in the regular season, and averaged his fewest assists (6.7) since 1999–2000, when he was a part-time starter with Dallas.
  • 2012
    In the second game of the 2012–13 season, Nash suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left leg after a collision with Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.
    More Details Hide Details He was expected to miss at least one week, but was out of the lineup for close to seven weeks. He was reunited with D'Antoni, who took over as Lakers coach after Mike Brown was fired after a 1–4 start. On 22 December, Nash returned against the Golden State Warriors, helping the Lakers win their first overtime game of the season, 118–115, scoring 12 points with 9 assists in 41 minutes of play. The Lakers won three of the first four games after Nash returned.
    On July 11, 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix.
    More Details Hide Details Nash also considered signing with New York or Toronto, but he decided that Los Angeles was the best fit for him and his family. Nash switched his jersey number, as his customary No. 13 was retired by Los Angeles in honour of Wilt Chamberlain. Nash, an avid soccer fan, chose No. 10 to pay homage to Glenn Hoddle, Zinedine Zidane and other soccer playmakers who wore the number. Entering his 17th NBA season, Nash came to the Lakers with concerns over his defense and the health of his back.
    On 21 April 2012, Nash passed Oscar Robertson for career assists versus the Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his stellar play the Suns missed the playoffs for the second consecutive time. He finished the season averaging 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game on 53.2% shooting from the field (tying his career high).
    In February 2012, Nash was named to his eighth All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, he was leading the NBA in assists per game.
  • 2010
    On 21 January 2010, Nash was named as the starting point guard for the West for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details With him operating at the point, the Suns were the highest-scoring team in the league for the fifth season in a row, and were seeded third in the conference for the playoffs with 54 wins. Behind solid performances by Richardson and veteran Grant Hill, the Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2 in the first round of the playoffs, and swept the Spurs 4–0 in the second round. The Suns met the defending champions, Los Angeles Lakers, in the Conference Finals. After losing the first two games, Phoenix won the next two to tie the series. A Ron Artest buzzer-beater in Game 5 pushed the Lakers one game closer to the Finals, and Kobe Bryant's 37 points in Game 6 completed the defeat of the Suns. The Suns underwent two major roster changes in the. During the pre-season, Stoudemire left for New York, while longtime teammate Leandro Barbosa was traded for Hedo Türkoğlu. Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick were also recruited to join the Suns. Not long after the season began, Türkoğlu, Richardson, and Earl Clark were traded to Orlando for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mickaël Piétrus, while rising star Goran Dragic was traded to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks. The Suns had difficulty being even a .500 team, and for the second time since Nash returned to Phoenix, the Suns failed to make the playoffs.
  • 2009
    Nash, along with former Yahoo! president and fellow Victoria-native Jeff Mallett, are investors in Women's Professional Soccer, a soccer league that was launched in March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Nash cited his twin daughters and wanting to have role models for them to look up to as a reason for supporting the league. Nash also co-hosted Showdown in Chinatown in 2008, an 8-on-8 charity soccer game held at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. He scored two goals in his team's 8–5 victory. Participants included Thierry Henry, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, and Suns teammates Raja Bell and Leandro Barbosa. In July 2013, Nash participated in a training session with the Italian soccer club Inter Milan at the New York Red Bulls' facilities in New Jersey. He also trained with the New York Cosmos B of the American fourth-division National Premier Soccer League in 2015.
  • 2008
    On 31 January 2008, he collected his All-Star stripes for the sixth time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details However, Nash continued to experience agony in the playoffs. Despite a mid-season trade that sent Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat and brought four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal to the team, the Suns were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs for the third time in four years. In the deciding Game 5, Nash was perceived to have suffered from "elimination-game jitters", and turned over the ball twice in the final two minutes of what was a tight contest. Nevertheless, Nash was later named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2007–08 season. Before the began, coach D'Antoni was replaced by Terry Porter, who preferred a more defensive-oriented style of basketball. The Suns had difficulties adapting to this new system, and even a December trade involving sending stalwarts Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats for athletic swingman Jason Richardson saw the team continue to struggle. Porter was then replaced by Alvin Gentry in February after a 28–23 record, but the Suns were unable to secure the final seed for the playoffs, resulting in Nash missing the playoffs for the first time since he returned to Phoenix for his second stint.
    Nash played in 81 regular-season games during the in this campaign, the Western Conference was especially competitive and he led the Suns to 55 wins and the sixth seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Although there was a dip in his regular-season output, Nash's shooting remained sharp; the accuracy of his shooting was on par with his 2005–06 MVP campaign (shooting at least 50% from the field, 40% from the three-point arc, and 90% from the free throw line).
  • 2006
    The Suns were again the highest-scoring team in the league with seven players averaging double figures in points per game, and Nash was voted for the first time to start for the 2006 Western All-Star team.
    More Details Hide Details Having recorded career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.2), field goal percentage (.512) and free-throw percentage (a league-leading .921), and leading the league with 10.5 assists per game, Nash was named the league MVP for the second year in a row. In the first round of the playoffs, Phoenix overcame a 3–1 deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers and won the series 4–3. The Los Angeles Clippers were their Conference Semifinals opponents, and the Suns again needed seven games to clinch the series. For the second year in a row, however, the Suns bowed out in the Conference Finals, this time to Nash's former team, Dallas. In the, Nash had another stellar campaign, averaging 18.6 points and a career-high 11.6 assists per game while becoming the first person since Magic Johnson in to average 18 points and 11 assists per game during the regular season. Nash received the most votes for first-team All-NBA and was joined by teammate Stoudemire; the two were the first teammates to make the first team since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in. Nash received 129 first-place votes and 645 total points from the panel of 129 media members. He narrowly missed being MVP a third consecutive time, coming in second with 44 first place votes to 83 for Dirk Nowitzki. In the playoffs, the Suns eliminated the Lakers in five games before losing 4–2 to the Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.
  • 2005
    They married in June 2005 and had twin daughters, Lola and Bella, born on 14 October 2004,. and a son, Matteo, born 12 November 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On the day of his son's birth, Nash made a statement to Life & Style in which he announced the birth but called it a "bittersweet moment", revealing that he and his wife had "lived separately for the past several months" and are "in the process of dissolving" their marriage.
    The next season, Stoudemire suffered a serious knee injury, and Johnson and Quentin Richardson were traded away. The Suns were not expected to repeat their successful 2005 season, but with Nash directing the same high-tempo offence, the team compiled a respectable 54–28 record and won the division title.
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  • 2003
    After the 2003–04 season, Nash became a free agent.
    More Details Hide Details He attempted to negotiate a long-term contract with Cuban, who was paying Walker, Finley, Nowitzki and Jamison nearly $50 million in combined salaries that season. Cuban wanted to build his franchise around the younger Nowitzki and did not want to risk signing the 30-year-old Nash to a long-term deal, and offered Nash a four-year deal worth about $9 million annually, with a fifth year partially guaranteed. The Phoenix Suns on the other hand offered the point guard a six-year, $63 million contract. Nash was reluctant to leave Dallas and returned to Cuban to see if he would match the deal; Cuban did not, and Nash signed with the Suns for the. The Canadian would go on to win two League MVP awards with Phoenix, and on a 14 June 2006 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Cuban wondered out loud, "... you know Steve's a great guy and I love him to death, but why couldn't he play like an MVP for us?"
  • 1998
    Following the 1998 NBA draft, Nash was traded from the Suns to the Mavericks in exchange for Martin Müürsepp, Bubba Wells, the draft rights to Pat Garrity and a first-round draft pick (who later turned out to be future Phoenix team-mate Shawn Marion).
    More Details Hide Details It was in Dallas that Nash established himself as a formidable point guard, beginning a decade as one of the game's top players. During his first year as a Maverick (the lockout-shortened) he started in all 40 games he played in, and averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The 19–31 Mavericks failed to make the playoffs but in the 1999–2000 season, the team's prospects improved considerably. Nash missed 25 mid-season games due to an ankle injury, but came back to record six double-doubles in the last month of play. He finished the season with averages of 8.6 points and 4.9 assists per game. More importantly for the team, second-year teammate and friend Dirk Nowitzki was blossoming quickly into a top player, veteran Michael Finley was having an All-Star-calibre year, and the team's new owner, billionaire Mark Cuban, was bringing new energy and excitement to the franchise. Nash now had a supportive environment in which he could thrive.
  • 1996
    After graduating with a degree in sociology, Nash was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Upon hearing the draft announcement, Suns fans booed in disapproval of the relatively unknown player. This was because despite his impressive college accomplishments, Nash had not played in one of the major college conferences. A major influence in Phoenix's choice was assistant coach Donnie Nelson, who met Nash back in high school as he was coached by Nelson's friend Ken Shields, and would eventually befriend the player as he played in Santa Clara. During his first two seasons in the NBA, Nash played a supporting role behind NBA star point guards Kevin Johnson, Sam Cassell, and later, Jason Kidd. Both Johnson and Cassell had NBA Finals experience, while Kidd was the second overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft and already an All-Star when he arrived at Phoenix. In his rookie season, Nash only managed 10.5 minutes a game, but in his second season, his playing time increased significantly and he was even ranked 13th in the league for three-point field-goal percentage. Nevertheless, the Canadian's tenure with the Suns did not last. Nelson had just taken a job as assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks under his father, Don Nelson, and convinced him to acquire the under-utilised Nash.
  • 1995
    In the 1995–96 season, Nash began attracting the attention of the national media and professional scouts.
    More Details Hide Details He had spent the summer before that honing his skills, playing with the Canadian national team and working out with the likes of established NBA players Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. Santa Clara again captured the WCC title, and for the second consecutive year, Nash was named Conference Player of the Year, the first Bronco to do so since Kurt Rambis. He scored 28 points in leading the No. 10 seed Broncos to a first round upset win over No. 7 seed Maryland, but then the Broncos were eliminated by Kansas. Nash's performances ensured that he earned an honourable mention All-America as a senior by The Associated Press and the USBWA. He also finished his career as Santa Clara's all-time leader in career assists (510), free-throw percentage (.862), and made and attempted three-pointers (263–656). He remains third on the school's all-time scoring list (1,689), and holds Santa Clara's single-season free-throw percentage record (.894). In September 2006, Nash had his jersey (#11) retired, becoming the first Santa Clara student-athlete to receive that honour.
    After the season, Nash contemplated turning professional, and decided against it when he learned that he would probably not be considered as a first-round pick in the 1995 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details I think they were just so competitive and creative. Especially Isiah, he was somebody that wasn't very tall.
  • 1994
    The team rebounded in the 1994–95 season, with Nash being named Conference Player of the Year and the Broncos topping the WCC.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring the league leader for scoring and assists in Nash, the Broncos returned to the NCAA tournament, but they were defeated by Mississippi State.
  • 1992
    Nash was awarded a scholarship by Santa Clara for the 1992–93 season.
    More Details Hide Details At that time, it had been five years since the Broncos appeared in the NCAA tournament. That changed when Nash led the Broncos to a WCC Tournament title and an upset win over the No. 2 seeded Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In that game, Nash scored six straight free throws in the last 30 seconds of the contest. Although Santa Clara was defeated by Temple in the next round, the 1992–93 campaign was considered a successful one. However, the Broncos failed to sustain the momentum the following season, and only managed a 5–7 record in the conference.
  • 1991
    In the 1991–92 season, he led his team in his final year to the British Columbia AAA provincial championship title, and was named the province's Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Although Nash's high school coach, Ian Hyde-Lay, sent letters of inquiry and highlight reels on Nash's behalf to over 30 American universities, Nash was not recruited by any university, until Santa Clara coach Dick Davey requested video footage of the young guard. After watching Nash in person, Davey said he "was nervous as hell just hoping that no one else would see him. It didn't take a Nobel Prize winner to figure out this guy's pretty good. It was just a case of hoping that none of the big names came around." However, Davey also told Nash that he was "the worst defensive player" he had ever seen.
  • 1974
    Nash was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Welsh mother, Jean, and English father, John, on February 7, 1974.
    More Details Hide Details His family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan when he was 18 months old, before settling in Victoria, British Columbia. He therefore holds British as well as Canadian citizenship. Before the family settled in Canada, his father played professional soccer in various parts of the world. Nash often played soccer and ice hockey with his younger brother Martin, and did not start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13 years old. In grade eight, however, he told his mother that one day he would play in the NBA and would become a star. He was neighbour to future NHL stars Russ and Geoff Courtnall, who used to babysit him and played soccer coached by Nash's father. Nash originally attended Mount Douglas Secondary School in Saanich, British Columbia, but after his grades began to drop, his parents decided to enroll him at St. Michaels University School, a private boarding school in Victoria. There, he starred in basketball, soccer, and rugby union. While playing basketball during his senior season, Nash averaged 21.3 points, 11.2 assists, and 9.1 rebounds per game.
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