Steve Nash Calls it a Career

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Being born in Canada, Steve Nash, started off playing soccer and ice hockey because those were the biggest sport in Canada at the time. It wasn’t until the 8th grade that Steve Nash decided to play basketball. Even then, he was deciding on whether to make a career on basketball or in soccer. Steve Nash ultimately took the basketball route. He wasn’t heavily recruited like most Future-Hall-of Famers because he didn’t really have the basketball type built. He was white, Canadian, and un-athletic. It wasn’t util Dick Davey, the coach of Santa Clara, that recruited him to play for University of Santa Clara. It was there where Steve Nash led the Broncos on their legendary run in the NCAA tournament.

When he declared himself to the 1996 NBA Draft, he was still doubted because of his non NBA-type built, despite his legendary run in the NCAA tournament. The Phoenix Suns took their chances and used their 15th pick on Steve Nash. The Phoenix Suns already had a heavy guard-filled lineup. The lineup included Kevin Johnson, Sam Cassell, and Jason Kidd. All of which are going to be future all-stars and in the talks of becoming Hall-of-Famers. The Suns no longer needed Nash so they traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, where he would play alongside Dirk Nowitzki. It was in Dallas where he would make his first all-star appearance and his first NBA selection. Nash, Nowitzki, and Finley led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals before being eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs.

When Nash became a free-agent in 2004, he decided to return to the new-look Phoenix Suns. Mike D’Antoni couldn’t have been an anymore perfect fit head coach. The new look Suns featured Nash, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudamire, and a 3 point shooting supporting cast. D’Antoni’s quick scoring, pick and roll offense got them to the Western Conference many times, but always came up short. Despite no championship success, Nash ended up winning 2 Regular season MVP’s, which is the most in his 1996 NBA Draft Class, which includes big names like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Ray Allen.

In 2012 Nash was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where they were expected to win an NBA Championship. However, injuries piled up on the Lakers as they never got their cohesiveness and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Nash returned the following year only to injure himself and find himself sidelined for the rest of the season. Nash kept trying to make a comeback but father-time won the battle as he finally made the decision to retire his legendary career in 2015. Nash is a future hall-of-famer and has changed the game of basketball for many generations to come.

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