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Steve Nash, passing everyone

In 1891 at a YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., a Canadian athletic instructor invented a simple game involving a ball tossed into a peach basket. It would take nearly a century for basketball to gain worldwide prominence and develop its own culture, fashion and vibe. Along the way, Canadians have played a huge role in popularizing the sport, on the street, in gyms and in the professional ranks.

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In a league full of "brash and flashy superstars" the kid from Victoria, B.C. is a true anomaly. Steve Nash is humble and says he can't identify with the idea of being a superstar. While he prefers to let his passing and shooting skills speak for him on the court, others are effusive in their judgment of Nash's abilities. "He dominates the game with his ball handling, his quickness and his shooting," explains Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. In this 2005 CBC-TV clip from Sunday Night, Nash's mother Jean talks about her son practicing in the backyard when he was young and setting goals for himself. Nash, meanwhile, reflects on the relative importance of winning, dealing with pressure and speaking up for what he believes in.
• Nash was born in Johannesburg on Feb. 7, 1994. His mom was Welsh and his father was English.
  • Nash and his wife Alejandra Amarilla had twin daughters Lola and Bella in 2004.

• In April 2006 he became just the third Canadian to appear on the cover of a Wheaties cereal box.

• He is an avid soccer fan and his favourite club is Tottenham of the English Premier League. His father, John, played professional soccer in both South Africa and England. Nash's brother Martin has played for the Vancouver Whitecaps and for the Canadian national soccer team. His sister Joan was captain of the University of Victoria women's soccer team.

• Nash is a six-time all-star and two-time NBA MVP: 2005 and 2006. Over 13 NBA seasons he has averaged 14.4 points and eight assists per game.

• In 2005 Nash won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year. He picked up the Lionel Conacher award for Canada's male athlete of the year twice, in 2005 and 2006.

• Nash suffers from a condition called spondylolisthesis, which causes muscle tightness and pack pain. During games, when he is not on the court he lies on his back instead of sitting, to keep his muscles from stiffening.

• For more on Nash's projects off the court, see this 2009 interview.

Medium: Television
Program: Sunday Night
Broadcast Date: Feb. 20, 2005
Guest(s): Michael Grange, Steve Nash, Jean Nash, Doug Smith
Reporter: Evan Solomon
Duration: 9:40
Steve Nash footage: NBA

Last updated: October 27, 2014

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