Steve Nash isn't the most athletic person on the court. He's not the tallest, strongest, fastest or even best looking. But enough about what Steve isn't.
Let's talk about what he is.
Please fill in the blank with words or phrases to complete this sentence: "Steve Nash is _________."
The hardest working. The most consistent. Automatic. The toughest. The most creative. Absolutely brilliant.
Nash is a lot of things to a lot of people. But everyone knows him as plain old "Steve Nash."
Every good basketball player needs a good nickname. But how do you condense all that is Steve Nash into a singular name? Those words/phrases above just don't do him justice. He's more than "all that and a bag of chips."
Of all the things that Steve has been called in his life, these are our favorites.
The most famous Canadian to ever come out of the Great White North, Steve Nash is more popular than Wayne Gretzky or the Queen. 1) Who watches hockey, anyways? 2) Who?
In 2007, Nash received the Order of Canada. In 2008, Steve was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. (I'm not sure what those things are, but hey...let Canada do stuff.)
During the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver in 2010, Steve Nash became the first NBA player to carry the torch and light the cauldron.
Steve is also a part owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which became an MLS expansion team located in Vancouver in 2011.
That's all not to mention the countless charities, foundations and donations given from Steve to those in need.
I'm sure Canada wouldn't mind if we changed their Royal Anthem to "God Save the Steve." Oh yeah, they don't know this...but we already did that. We're America. We do what we want.
Other related nicknames: Kid Canada, Nashional Treasure
No blood, no foul...right?
With under three minutes left in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals, Steve Nash and Tony Parker collided. Parker collapsed to the ground and Nash stood on the court, unsure of what had happened.
Then the blood started flowing.
After several minutes of failed attempts to stop the bleeding, Nash entered the game with a bandaged nose, blood still squirting out the edges.
He nailed one of his patented pull-up three-pointers, then drove to the basket for a right-handed layup. He was single-handedly keeping his team in the game.
The bandages couldn't stop the blood. The blood couldn't stop Steve Nash. But Nash couldn't stop the Spurs.
Even though the Suns lost, Nash showed the toughness and grittiness that made him a two-time MVP.
Other related nicknames: Nash Bridges, Nash's Bridge
Steve won two straight Most Valuable Player awards. He probably deserved a third.
Steve Nash was selected as the NBA's MVP in 2005 and 2006. He finished second in 2007 behind Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki. He is now talked about in the same breath as the greatest point guards of all-time with Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson.
In 2005, Nash led the Phoenix Suns to 62 wins, most in the NBA. Nash averaged 11.5 assists per game while making 50.2% of his field goals and 43.1% of his three-pointers in the regular season. He edged Shaquille O'Neal to win the 2004–05 NBA MVP award, becoming the first Canadian to earn the honor, as well as the third point guard ever to be named MVP.
In 2006, the Suns lost Amare Stoudemire to injury and traded away Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson. Having recorded career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.2), field goal percentage (.512) and free-throw percentage (a league-leading .921), and leading the league with 10.5 assists per game, Nash was named the league MVP for the second year in a row.
Steve joined elite company when he won consecutive MVP awards. Others are: Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Karl Malone and Bob Pettit also won it twice, but not in consecutive years.
Other related nicknames: Two-Time
"I can't understand what you're saying...you're speaking in Canada."
Just as mp3s revolutionized the music industry, Mp3 revolutionized the game of basketball.
Steve Nash brought flair and excitement to the NBA with his no-look, behind-the-back passes and pull-up three pointers and he made the Phoenix Suns the most entertaining team to watch.
But fans aren't the only one's who enjoy watching Steve on the basketball court. The entertainment business is fascinated with the two-time MVP. They consider him as being his own medium.
In fact, Steve has joined music and movies as the most enjoyed media of today.
Other related nicknames: Crosby, Stills and Steve Nash, PG-13
Facing their arch-nemesis, the San Antonio Spurs, in the second round of the 2010 playoffs and holding a 3-0 series lead, the Suns knew it would take something special to sweep. Something incredible. Something amazing.
After getting elbowed in the eye in the third quarter, Nash returned in the fourth with his right eye swollen shut. He went on to score 10 points, dished five assists and killed multiple Spurs rallies with one-eyed runners and literal no-look passes.
This is one of the most impressive playoff performances in recent memory. Just watch the video.
Other related nicknames: One-eyed Stevie Wonder
Talk about getting down to Steve's Canadian roots.
Almost more popular than his style of play, Nash's thick, lustrous, gorgeous hair has mesmerized fans for years.
And like Michael Jordan's tongue landed him his own shoe line: Air Jordans, Steve Nash's hair has done the same. Introducing the new logo for Nash's soon-to-be-popular shoes: Hair Canadas.
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Other related nicknames: Grease Nash, Nash=MJ^2
Tell us which nickname you like best! And if you know of any that weren't mentioned here, leave a comment below!
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