Steve was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 7, 1974 (returned as a CBS correspondent to the 2010 World Cup) into an athletic family: his father, John, played semi-professional soccer and his mother, Jean, netball. After two years in South Africa, the Nash family immigrated to Canada to avoid raising their children amidst apartheid. The family played a variety of sports â€“ including soccer, hockey, lacrosse, basketball and tennis â€“ in Victoria, BC, off Canada’s scenic west coast; Steve’s younger brother, Martin, played professional soccer, and his sister, Joann, was a standout college player.
In 1992, Steve moved to Santa Clara University on the only basketball scholarship offered him. After leading the Broncos to three NCAA Tourney berths (and one of the NCAA’s all-time upsets, over the #2-ranked Arizona Wildcats), he graduated with a BA in Sociology.Â In 1996, Steve was drafted 15th overall to the Phoenix Suns.
After two years behind Kevin Johnson and Jason Kidd, Steve was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. While playing for the Mavericks, Steveâ€™s style of play matured into All-Star status. He found his niche in the NBA and played internationally for Team Canada, including a 7th place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
After a very successful run with the Mavericks, Steve began a new basketball family with the Phoenix Suns, and one of his own â€“ in October 2004, Steve’s twin daughters, Lourdes (Lola) and Isabella (Bella), were born. In Autumn 2010, he welcomed a son, Matteo Nash. In the summer of 2012, Steve was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he donned the #10 jersey for the first time on July 11th at the Lakers facility on (no kidding) Nash Street.
Steve attributes his success to a capacity for discipline and drive to succeed, as well as to his efforts towards physical health, nutrition (what’s come to be known as the “Nash Diet”), and careful attention to adequate sleep.
His role as a leader on and off the court have resonated with many, as he provides an energized example of how to give back through the Steve Nash Foundation, and his role as General Manager of the Senior Mens National Team in Canada, part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, principle of Meathawk, and other enterprises. Steve and his family live in Southern California and New York City.
â€˘ 2-time NBA MVP (2004/2005, 2005/2006)
â€˘ 8-time NBA All-Star
â€˘ in 2014, passed Mark Jackson to become the NBA’s 3rd all-time assists leader, behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd
â€˘ in 2011, completed his 15th NBA season, and his 5th as assist leader, one of only three players to do so (Stockton & Kidd)
â€˘ at close of 2010/2011 season, all-time free throw percentage leader
â€˘ 4-time 50/40/90 Club member – shot at least 50% from field, 40% from 3-stripe, and 90% from line for more seasons than any other NBA player
â€˘ oldest NBA player to lead the league in assists
â€˘ one of only two NBA players to ever average more than 10 assists per game at age 37 (Stockton)
â€˘ career average of 8.5 assists/game
â€˘ recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and numerous honors (including 2011’s “Tweeter of the Year”)
â€˘ honored by lighting the Olympic Flame in Vancouver at the 2010 games.
A deep interest in film lead to the creation of Meathawk, a film company run with cousin Ezra Holland. Together, they’ve completed projects for several corporate clients (see below), had an internet sensation with “The Player” (a look at Steve’s dream to play professional soccer), and premiered their first feature film, “Into the Wind,” about the life and journey of Terry Fox, to critical acclaim at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (the feature ran as a part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series) (buy your copy of Into the Wind on Amazon.co, and support the Steve Nash Foundation at the same time!Â Just use this link). Outside of Meathawk, Steve has been a special correspondent to CBS, both as David Letterman’s man at the NBA Finals, and as CBS’ World Cup correspondent, and featured with Ron Howard on the Sundance Channel’s “Iconoclasts,” as well as in cameo roles on HBO’s “Entourage,” and feature films, and a pretty entertaining appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
A strong environmental ethic informs Steve’s daily choices, and those of his businesses. Steve’s leadership is credited with the installation of the NBA’s first solar power (at the Suns’ US Airways Center in Phoenix), he captained “Team PowerSmart” in British Columbia, and served as APS spokesperson for renewable energy programs and conservation efforts in Arizona. Steve drives a hybrid or skateboards as his preferred mode of transportation.