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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Nash and football. Another career of NBA legend

Nash and football. Another career of NBA legend

Steve Nash's decision?
Publish Date: 06/26/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

As one of the best point guards in NBA history, he once chose between a football field and a basketball court.

Steve Nash is one of five players in NBA history to have made over 10,000 assists (10,296), third only to Jason Kidd (11,928) and John Stockton (15,806). He was also twice recognized as the most valuable NBA player (in 2005 and 2006).

He is also the holder of the highest-scoring mark in the history of the NBA – 90.42% (at least 1200 career attempts).

Before the start of the 2014/15 season, Nash was the league’s oldest player. In the summer of 2015, he was going to retire from basketball. Due to back pain, he could not drive a car for a long time and sleep soundly, always tossing and turning from cramps. Doctors made a difficult diagnosis – displacement of the vertebrae plus lumbosacral radiculitis plus narrowing of the spinal canal. The basketball player published a bouquet of hard-to-pronounce words (spondylolisthesis, lumbar ischialgia, stenosis of nerves) on Facebook on November 8, 2014, where he reassured fans who were indignant because of a video that got into the net where he brandished a golf club.

In fact, Steve is more likely to star in commercials for Nike than to play golf. And football was much more dangerous. Training with Inter, New York Red Bulls, and Vancouver Whitecaps are good reasons to worry.

Steve Nash was born into a family where football occupied a significant place. His father is a professional footballer who played in the lower league in South Africa for a long time. He got there from the Tottenham district of London – this fact alone was enough for his son to love Tottenham Hotspur. One day, parents found a boy in the backyard, where he hit the ball 600 times in a row.

Steve played for the Mount Douglas Elementary School team near the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, where his family lived. It was there that he played football with his younger brother Martin until the age of 13, after which their paths diverged sharply: his brother devoted his life to a football career, and Steve focused on basketball.

As soon as Nash established himself in the best basketball league of the world, his popularity raised incredibly not only in Canada but in the United States as well. The amazing passes, brilliant ball handling and technique he offered to the NBA did not go unnoticed. The gambling industry which was gaining a foothold in the world paid thorough attention to Nash. His trademark moves, shooting style, and posture have even become the basis for online casino slots games where the animated version of Steve Nash was used throwing balls. His authority quickly reached the heights – even in the gambling industry. 

Football has never been in demand in Canada, so Steve did not count on a decent future. The younger brother spent a quiet career – Martin huddled up grey American teams, played in British basements for four years, and taxied out for a decent retirement, having played two hundred matches for Whitecaps and 38 for the Canadian national team. 

Once, pictures appeared on the Internet of how Nash plays with some guys in Lower Manhattan, where he lived at that time with his wife and daughters. In the offseason, Nash threw a ring for about an hour in the morning, ran around Tribeca, and played football – mostly at night, on the field of a local team sponsored by the owners of Phebe’s tavern in East Village. Derek, one of them, invited everyone to the bar in the evenings after the games and curated drinks.

A basketball player, having spent his entire career with the ball in his hands, owned it on the football field better than many.

“I really did not plan to play with them. I just jogged there, and one guy came up to me once and said that they lacked a player. So I played a little bit. ”

Why is the person who twice received the most valuable player’s award, the person who became the first player in NBA history to score at least 25 points and make 10 assists in four playoffs in a row, the person who single-handedly turned the Phoenix Suns completely – why did this man play on the street with a bunch of men, and most importantly, why didn’t they have any idea who was next to them? Nash did not want to comment on this – the contract did not allow. 

In 2005, at a football charity evening, Steve met with Canadian entrepreneur and investor Jeff Mallett, who later became his business partner and helped in 2008 to acquire a small share of Tottenham shares, to which matches a basketball player goes every time he flies to London visit family. In the end, the deal fell through – the financial situation did not allow Steve to make such a large investment. As a consolation prize, Mallett contacted two other co-owners of the Canadian Whitecaps, and after negotiations, Nash grabbed 1/4 of the club, whose net income currently stands at $2 billion.

Steve admitted that he still dreams of becoming the owner of the London team. Spurs president Daniel Levy and sports director Damien Comolli are close friends. They are in close contact with Nash about how he might be involved in the club’s structure:

In 2007, Steve wrote the script, hired director Lola Schnabel, and produced the 81-second training day video for Nike with a budget of $30,000. The video contains references to the childhood of a basketball player – on frames with the effect of an old film, a little boy plays football. Steve, which is noteworthy, plays in the Tottenham T-shirt. After a goal, squeezing the cheekbones with joy kisses the emblem of your favorite team.

He loves Barcelona and Corinthians. He is friends with Alessandro del Pierro, Thierry Henry, Owen Hargreaves, Massimo Ambrosini, and Steve McManaman. He is a legendary figure in the NBA and continues to express his interest in football.

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