The Kid Canada Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC, basketball player (born Feb 7, 1974 in South Africa, Johannesburg). Steve Nash is widely regarded as Canada’s greatest basketball player of all time. He is twice the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the first Canadian to win the award. A playmaker, Nash was an eight-time NBA star. He is third in the NBA all-time assists chart with 10,335 and second in career free throw percentage at 90.43%. He represented CA USA in Int. competitions and led Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Summer Olympics. Nash won the Lionel Conacher Award three times as the top male athlete in the Canada. He won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Best Athlete in 2005. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Order of British Columbia, Canadian Walk of Fame, Phoenix Suns honor ring and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on May 27, 2020 and will be officially inducted in 2021. He was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA on September 3, 2020.
10 facts about Steve Nash
Nash was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, due to his father’s professional football career
With is father being a professional footballer, Nash’s family traveled all over the world. Steve was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but the family eventually settled in Canada as his father’s career came to an end.
Nash was counted for basketball from a young age, especially given his slight build.
Considering Nash’s talent on the football field and his slight build, many basketball coaches underestimated him from an early age. However, Nash quickly developed a reputation for working harder than anyone in the field, and his incredible speed and fearlessness in driving to the field made him an extremely valuable point guard.
When Nash was in eighth grade, he told his mom he would someday be an NBA star
In an epic foreshadowing moment, Nash told his mother he would play in the NBA and be a star after joining his first organized basketball league in eighth grade.
He did not start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13
Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, Steve Nash played soccer and ice hockey from a young age, alongside his younger brother, Martin. It wasn’t until he was 12 or 13 that he started playing basketball. Nash’s parents loved the idea that their boys could follow Steve’s father John in football, although they didn’t push them into a particular sport.
After watching Nash play at the BC AAA Championships, University of Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey was ready to give Nash a full run to come to California and play for the Broncos.
Davey told Nash he had to work to be a versatile player because he was one of the worst defenders he has ever seen. Nash accepted and joined the Broncos in the fall of 1992.
Before Nash came to Santa Clara, they hadn’t played in an NCAA tournament for five years
Steve Nash, freshman year, He helped Santa Clara to a 9-5 league record and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 5 years. Although they became the number 15 seed, they surprised everyone with a victory over favored Arizona and reached the second round, before falling to Temple University.
During the summer before his senior season in Santa Clara, Nash spent time training with Jason Kidd and Gary Payton
After realizing he wouldn’t be picked until the second round of the NBA Draft, Nash decided to return to Santa Clara for his senior season. He spent the summer training with the Canadian National Team, as well as NBA All-Stars Jason Kidd and Gary Payton in California.
He revealed he was dissolving his marriage on the day his son was born
Nash and his ex-wife, Alejandra Amarilla, were married in June 2005 and had twin daughters, Lola and Bella, in October 2004. His son, Matteo Joel, was born several years later, in November 2010, but Nash made a statement on his birth day to “Life & Style Magazine” that the moment was “bittersweet” – he revealed that he and Amarilla had been living apart for several months and were in the process of dissolving their marriage.
Supposedly, Nash still keeps all of his college rejection letters in a shoebox
While pursuing his dream of playing Division I basketball in the United States, most of the universities Nash applied to rejected him. Legend has it that he stored all these letters in a shoebox for motivation and still keeps it today.
Nash has a condition known as spondylolisthesis
Nash is known to have a condition called spondylolisthesis, which causes muscle tension and back pain. For this reason, he is lying on his back, rather than sitting on the bench, when not in the game to prevent his muscles from stiffening too much.
Steve Nash’s achievements in his NBA career:
- 2× NBA Most Valuable Player: 2005, 2006
- 8× NBA All-Star: 2002–2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012
- 7× All-NBA selection:
- First team: 2005–2007
- Second team: 2008, 2010
- Third team: 2002, 2003
- 2× NBA Skills Challenge winner: 2005, 2010
- 5× NBA regular season leader for assists per game: 2005 (11.5), 2006 (10.5), 2007 (11.6), 2010 (11.0), 2011 (11.4)
- 6× NBA regular season leader for total assists: 2005 (861), 2006 (826), 2007 (884), 2010 (892), 2011 (855), 2012 (664)
- 2× NBA regular season leader for free throw percentage: 2006 (.921), 2010 (.938)
- 7× NBA regular season leader for assists per 48 minutes: 2004 (12.6), 2005 (16.1), 2006 (14.2), 2007 (15.8), 2008 (15.5), 2010 (16.1), 2011 (16.4)
- 4× member of 50–40–90 club: 2006, 2008–2010
- Has more 50–40–90 seasons than any other player in NBA history
- One of only eight players to have ever shot 50–40–90
- One of only two players (the other being Larry Bird) to have shot 50–40–90 more than once
- Lou Marsh Trophy (Canadian athlete of the year): 2005
- 3× Lionel Conacher Award (Canadian male athlete of the year): 2002, 2005, 2006
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (NBA award for outstanding citizenship and community service): 2007
- Second-highest career free throw percentage in NBA history (minimum 1200 career attempts), 90.42 percent
- Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor