Steve Nash Named GM of Canada National Team: Audition for Life After Playing?

Nathan GieseSenior Analyst IIMay 9, 2012

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Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash has been named the general manager for his home country's national team as they gear up for the Olympics, as Eric Koreen of the National Post reported yesterday.

With Nash taking to the role in the front office for Team Canada rather than playing for them, the team will certainly look different, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Nash has accomplished so much throughout his career, including winning the Most Valuable Player award and multiple seasons of leading the NBA in assists. The only thing Nash hasn't done is win an NBA championship. Throughout much of this season, those around the NBA, and fans as well, have been calling for Nash to be traded to a title-contending team so the veteran could have at least one last shot at winning the title before he finally decides to call it a career.

Nash wasn't traded, but he did help the young Suns team push for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs before the Utah Jazz crept up and took the spot, only to be swept right back into obscurity after losing in four straight games to the San Antonio Spurs.

Nash's future in the NBA is murky at best right now, especially with his free agency coming into play this offseason, but considering his new role with Team Canada, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that this is Nash preparing for a potential new career once his playing days are officially behind him.

If we look at the current landscape of NBA team general managers over the past decade or so, many of them are former players. This list includes Larry Bird (Pacers), Steve Kerr (Suns) and Danny Ainge (Celtics), all of whom have seen their fair share of success running teams from an office after no longer running them from the court.

All things considered, maybe Nash will be the next former player in line for a front office gig.

Actually, becoming some sort of office presence might be Nash's greatest option after his playing career is over. That is, of course, if the man who is known more for his simple living preferences than his swanky dressing style doesn't decide to just settle down and live a life away from basketball. 

One reason why Nash would be a great fit for a general manager's position is that he is one of the most highly respected men in all of basketball. His teammates love him and even his opposition doesn't mind playing against him because of his professionalism. 

Another reason why it would be great for Nash to become a front office presence is that because he is well-liked, more players would love to come play for him. Nash is one of the most established point guards in NBA history, and not only would all players want to play for him, point guards would want to come and learn from one of the greats.

Of course, this is all just speculation and nothing is certain, but given that Nash is running Team Canada, this could just be a stepping stone to something bigger and better.

Would you like to see Nash suit up with pants and a tie once he's done suiting up in shorts and a tank top?