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There's something about Steve

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 11:06 AM

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Professional winter sport is driving towards a climax on two fronts.

And in the land of ice and snow, where hockey is king, a South African born, Victoria-raised, basketball player is stealing the show.

Professional winter sport is driving towards a climax on two fronts.

And in the land of ice and snow, where hockey is king, a South African born, Victoria-raised, basketball player is stealing the show.

Steve Nash never demands but certainly warrants our attention.

At 36 years of age, bloodied and bruised, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player is still in the hunt for a coveted prize that's escaped him - a league championship.

He deserves it and his quest for the golden ring is the most compelling odyssey any sports fan could ask for.  Nash is a comparative "David" in the land of "Goliaths."  He makes plays, delivers passes and scores points at a rate which leaves much bigger men bewildered.

Many would argue if you're not watching Steve Nash when he's on the court for the Phoenix Suns, you're not really watching the game.

Then again, he has flown under the radar in this country for almost 15 years.  Nash has only once been named the winner of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year - that being 2004.  Truth be told, he could have been the slam-dunk choice on at least five occasions and at selection time it becomes a case of who's out there besides Steve Nash?

In other words, we Canadians sometimes take his enormous talent for granted.

He's an athlete of substance - something not to be discounted.

Nash captained the Canadian Olympic team to a thrilling run at the Sydney 2000 Games.  He lived in the Athletes' Village and was often found playing table tennis with gymnasts and divers.  He left the court in tears after Canada fell to France in the quarter-finals.

Off the court he's a member of the Order of Canada and operates the Steve Nash Foundation, a philanthropic organization providing millions of dollars to disadvantaged children in North America and around the world.  He is outspoken on contentious issues surrounding the environment and poverty, which crave illumination.

Nash also loves soccer. He remains a very good player and fully plans to be in South Africa for the World Cup

He may have to delay his departure.

There's something about Steve Nash and you don't want to miss it.

This great Canadian athlete's chance at crowning glory may never come again.    

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