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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Steve Nash

Steve Nash raves about ‘next level playmaker’ RJ Barrett after rough game

Steve Nash is sticking up for a fellow Canadian amidst the end of his season.

The Duke Blue Devils were eliminated in Sunday’s Elite Eight game with a 68-67 loss to Michigan State. Star freshman RJ Barrett was the goat of sorts for Duke, going 7-for-17 from the floor with seven turnovers and a huge miss from the free throw line with less than ten seconds left in the contest.

After the defeat, Nash, the retired NBA great, took to Twitter to rave about the 18-year-old. Prefacing it by saying that Barrett was his godson, Nash praised the talented swingman’s playmaking skills and ability to read the floor.

Duke put their fate in Barrett’s hands down the stretch against Michigan State in what ultimately turned out to be a fairly big mistake. None of that changes Barrett’s upside and overall polish for his age however, and he will certainly be a high lottery pick if he declares for this year’s NBA draft as is expected.

Report: Steve Nash not interested in Suns’ front office role

The Phoenix Suns suddenly have an open general manager job, but don’t count on Steve Nash to be the one to fill it.

Nash, a Suns icon and favorite of owner Robert Sarver, reportedly doesn’t want to deal with the day-to-day stresses of running an organization, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Suns abruptly fired GM Ryan McDonough on Monday just nine days before the start of the season. Nash, while a nice thought, doesn’t appear to be on the table. Sarver is a heavily involved owner, so getting someone who can work with him will be vital to Phoenix’s success going forward.

Steve Nash feels ‘weird’ about getting ring from Warriors

Steve Nash finally has his championship ring, but it doesn’t feel right to him.

In a vlog post to his YouTube channel this week, the retired point guard great showed off his ring from the Golden State Warriors that finally arrived in the mail but explained why he felt odd about receiving it.

“It’s pretty weird after playing for 18 years, like fighting every day trying to win a ring and then winning a ring as a consultant,” said Nash. “It’s crazy. I don’t know, it doesn’t seem right in a way.

“I’m proud to be a part of the organization,” he continued. “I’m really proud of everyone involved — players, coaches, staff, everyone. But when you’re a player, I don’t know, you’re a player. I guess it’s different if you became the head coach … But [I’m] pretty lucky to be a part of that group and enjoying the ride and all the small contributions I can make are rewarding. But it’s just not the same when you’re not playing.”

Nash, now 43 years old, won two MVPs and made eight All-Star teams over that 18-year career but never advanced past the Conference Finals as a player. He was officially a part-time player development consultant for the Warriors on their championship-winning team last season, a position that he still holds.

Even if Nash has played a bigger role for the Dubs than many realize, it seems that his sense of accomplishment is nowhere close to what it would have been had he won a ring during his playing career instead.

Steve Nash blasts Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for his response to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Among those displeased with the president is future NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash.

President Trump addressed the media on Tuesday. During his remarks, he declared there was blame on both sides, not just one, for the violence which resulted in numerous injuries and a death. When asked if he would visit Charlottesville, Trump referenced a home he has in the area.

Not long after Trump made these comments, Nash took to Twitter to blast the president in a tweet that included profanity.

Nash wasn’t the only the member of the NBA family to speak out about the president’s remarks. LeBron James did as well, although his attention was directed at something else Trump said.

Kevin Durant, Warriors have funny nickname for Steve Nash

Steve Nash may only be a part-time consultant for the Golden State Warriors, but it’s clear that he has a lot of sway over the team.

Kevin Durant discussed his relationship with Nash in the latest entry in his “Still KD” web series, and he revealed that he and his Warriors teammates have a nickname for the former point guard.

“He texts me after most games, and we talk about stuff we need to work on,” Durant said of Nash. “…he’s a guru out there. We call him Yoda.”

According to reports, Nash’s presence was a big reason Durant elected to join Golden State. By the sound of it, he hasn’t come away disappointed, and the nickname is evidence of the high esteem in which he is held.

H/T Uproxx

Steve Nash thinks rest may have helped him: ‘I was always tired in the playoffs’

Amidst numerous retired NBA legends speaking out against the league’s current wave of stars sitting out games for rest, here’s one who thinks he might have benefited from the practice.

Two-time MVP Steve Nash appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Friday and said that he could have used some rest during his playing career, noting how he was always tired in the postseason.

Nash, now 43 years old, played in the NBA for 18 seasons, logging 31.3 minutes a night and appearing in 75 or more games for 10 of those seasons. 120 career playoff games also added the equivalent of another season and a half or so of wear on the eight-time All-Star’s tires. In the end, despite his reputation for extraordinary physical conditioning, Nash’s body betrayed him when he joined the L.A. Lakers in 2012, and he was forced into retirement.

We’ve recently seen different retired point guards from different generations sound off on the perceived ills of the modern era of rest, so Nash provides an interesting counter-perspective here from a more contemporary point of view.

H/T ProBasketballTalk

Steve Nash reportedly played big role in bringing Kevin Durant to Warriors

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The recruitment of Kevin Durant by the Golden State Warriors was an organization-wide process, but one unlikely name perhaps helped immeasurably: Steve Nash.

Nash serves as a player development consultant for the Warriors, a part-time role that sees him fly to Oakland a few days a month to do some coaching. However, Nash’s biggest contribution to the Warriors may prove to be how he helped talk Durant into moving to Golden State.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, Durant came away from his meeting with Golden State intrigued, but afraid that he would struggle to fit in with the already tight Golden State dynamic. It was a phone call from Nash that helped allay those concerns.

“Steve knows us — our culture and our guys — so well,” Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser said. “He doesn’t sell anybody on anything. He’s just a great sounding board.”

One Warriors source went even further: “Without Steve Nash, I’m not sure if we get Kevin Durant.”

Nash wasn’t the only one in Durant’s ear, of course. Jerry West was a significant factor as well, and Durant spoke of the camaraderie between the Warriors players in helping him make his decision. Still, Nash sounds like he played a significant role in bringing Durant into the fold.