With the NBA season in full swing now, the typical players are making the headlines. From LeBron dropping 30, to Griffin's sick dunk, to Howard's tough block. How bout some love for a two time MVP, seven time all star, 3 time all-nba first team, and my favorite player in the NBA, Steve Nash. This guy is scary good, almost averaging a double-double for his career to go with Nashty passes and a .900 career FT percentage. So he doesn't dunk, and doesn't get crazy blocks. What he does do is crazy crossovers, pinpoint passing, clutch scores, and makes every player around him better. The MVP point guard was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but grew up in Canada. He always loved sports, and was highly involved in soccer and ice hockey, but didn't start playing basketball until he was eight. From there he went to St. Michaels University school where he nearly averaged a triple double for his senior year. After high school, Nash went to Santa Clara University and would later be drafter by the Suns. After two seasons with the Suns, Nash went to Dallas but returned to Phoenix in 2004, and has been there ever since. He's had great seasons with players like Stoudemire and Nowitzki, but there's no player like Nash. He does so much for the team and for his community, always involved in charity's and bettering the Phoenix community, that makes him my favorite player. He'll play injured, he'll play in the clutch, and he'll play until the clock reads zero.
Nash has also brought us some thrillers, particularly some playoff games against the Spurs and the Lakers. Nash won his MVP's in back-to-back years (2005-06), joining the exclusive club with names like Larry Bird, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan. This two time MVP does so much for a team in terms of numbers and leadership that it often goes overlooked. Along with being a gifted basketball player, Nash also had the opportunity to play soccer for the National Canadian Team. Although he declined the offer, he has done great strides in Major League Soccer too, as he helped bring the expansion Vancouver Team to life, and holds a strong interest in becoming a minority owner of a Premier League team, preferably his favorite team, Tottenham Hotspur. He's also trained with the New York Red Bulls and hosts soccer charity games with superstars like Thierry Henry and Kaka.
He's a team leader who, as Charles Barkley once put it, he doesn't have it in his cards to win an NBA Championship. With weak offensive players put around Nash for this season, I highly doubt they make the playoffs, and guarantee that they won't win the championship this season. He has only a handful of years left in him, with his prime well behind him, but it happens to even the greatest of players. Sometimes it just doesn't work out.