A very special happy birthday to Steve Nash, who even though he's playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, seems to be universally liked throughout the basketball universe.
Nash will be turning a robust 39 years old on February 7 as he'll become just the third active player to have surpassed the 39-year-old threshold.
He's still got a year to go before he's officially an aberration and becomes just the 201st player in NBA history to pass that 40-year-old mark.
For the time being, however, it seems to me that Steve Nash deserves a few birthday cards. Instead of going out to buy a meaningless, uninspired Hallmark card, I've decided to help you guys out and put a bit of love into a card.
Feel free to print them out, sign your name at the bottom and send them to Los Angeles for Nash to bask in. And please don't be intimidated by the serious photoshop skills on display.
Here's the gorgeous front, wishing Nash a the happiest of birthdays on a field of bright yellow flowers with his happy, smiling face looking back at us.
The inside of the card, however, I've decided to give you a bit of creative control over what you want to tell Nash on his birthday.
He's been a bit overshadowed all year long, so feel free to tell him that even though he's in the shadow of Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, we still know he's there, and that he's as appreciated as he's ever been.
If you're looking for a bit of thanks to send his way, I've got a few ideas of my own for that as well.
A simple "Thank You" works, but feel free to add in something like, "Sorry you're the only sane person on the Lakers", "Thanks for not getting mad when Kobe took all your assists for the past week" or just "It's still better than playing for Toronto!"
He's had a rough season, and it's time we let him know that he's still one of the best point guards in the NBA, and that we still love to watch him ball out.