Steve Nash is a Canadian basketball player who retired from the Lakers in 2015, due to health concerns. He went on to be a consultant for the Golden State Warriors after turning down the Dallas Mavericks to play one last season with them. He was an NBA All-Star 8 times and an All-NBA selection 7 times, as well as earning the title of NBA Most Valuable Player, twice, when he played for the Phoenix Suns. He played with the Suns for 2 years, the Mavericks for 6 years, then went back to the Suns for 8 years, then finally to the Los Angeles Lakers for his final 3 years.
Nash was born in South Africa, but his family moved to Canada when he was less than 2 years old. He played basketball in high school while in British Columbia, followed by playing in college for the Santa Clara University’s team, the Broncos. He played for 4 seasons, with the team making 3 NCAA Tournaments appearances, and was the WCC (West Coast Conference) Player of the Year, twice. He graduated and was acquired as the 15th NBA draft pick with the Suns in 1996.
Steve’s father was a professional soccer player, and as a result, he played soccer with his brother until he started playing basketball at 12-13 years old. He mentioned to his mother, in 8th grade, that he would someday be an NBA star. During his final year in high school, he was named Player of the Year. He is now considered as having been one of the best shooters of all time in the NBA.
In his national team career, Nash helped Canada get a silver medal in the 1999 Tournament of the Americas, leading the team to be qualified for the Olympics after 12 years. He was named MVP in that tournament and went on to captain Canada in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He also captained Canada during the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and although they didn’t succeed, he was yet again named MVP.
Steve Nash had been plagued by back problems later in his career while playing for the Lakers. He fractured his left leg after colliding with a player on the opposite team, as well as suffering a hip injury that caused permanent nerve problems. He couldn’t play his very last season before retirement due to continuing back problems. He has spondylolisthesis, a medical condition that causes back pain and muscle stiffness.
Nash is now married with three kids from a previous marriage. He formed a charity in 2001 called the Steve Nash Foundation that provides services for children living in poverty and other bad situations. He’s also the sponsor of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League in Canada that supports 10,000 participants, and is involved in various other charities.
Steve also opened a fitness facility with a business partner in Vancouver in 2007, and has many other business ventures he’s active in. In 2010, he became the first NBA player to carry the torch for the Olympics, in the Winter Olympics.
Steve has many awards and accomplishments, and you can see them all HERE.