Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Steve Nash

January 7, 2014

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1. He’s also a very talented soccer player

It’s true what they say about soccer, it’s the most popular sport in the world, so it’s no surprise that a quick and athletic guy like Steve Nash would have some talent on the soccer field as well as the basketball court.

2. He’s Canadian

One of the best players in one of the quintessential American games is in fact, Canadian.

While not born in Canada (we’ll get to that in a moment), Nash spent almost his entire childhood in Saskatchewan and Vancouver.

3. He was born in South Africa

Yes it’s true, Nash has been everywhere.

Born in Johannesburg, Nash and his family eventually moved to Canada when he was about 18 months old.

4. He’s pretty much the greatest Canadian basketball player ever

There is currently only one Canadian in the Basketball Hall of Fame, Bobby Houbregs, who played for five years back in the 1950’s, but Nash’s place in the Hall is all but assured.

5. He runs his own foundation

Nash is founder and chairman of the Steve Nash Foundation, which provides aid to children born into poverty or who have suffered from neglect.

6. He owns a soccer team

Nash is one of four owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, an MLS team.

7. He can see the future

As a very talented athlete growing up, Nash was great at a lot of different sports, but his favorite game was always basketball.

He loved the game so much that he told his mother that he would play in the NBA.

Credit his determination, or credit his psychic powers, either way he’s accomplished what he said he would.

8. He wasn’t highly recruited out of high school

Despite leading his high school team to a championship during his senior season, and being named Provincial Player of the Year, not too many colleges seemed to be interested in him.

Finally though, he got an offer from the University of Santa Clara, where he had a great career, and got the recognition from pro scouts that he deserved.

9. He’s also a successful television producer

Nash is full of great ideas it seems.

While playing with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, he and the big man came up with the idea for “Shaq VS”, a show where Shaq would train in other sports like swimming and gymnastics and compete against the best at each sport.

Nash earned an executive producer credit for his work in creating the show.

10. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2006

In the article, Charles Barkley thanked him for being “just a nice guy” because of all of the charity work he’s done in his career.