Steve Nash
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"Stephen John "Steve" Nash", Order of Canada/OC, Order of British Columbia/OBC is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful high-school basketball career in British Columbia, he earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. In his four seasons with the Santa Clara Broncos#Men's Basketball/Broncos, the team made three NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship/NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year/West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year.

Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team's all-time leader in assist (basketball)/assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He made minimal impact and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his third season with the Mavericks, he was voted to his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley, Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference (NBA)/Western Conference Finals the 2002–03 NBA season/following season. He became a free agent after the and returned to the Phoenix Suns.

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Growing up in a soccer family I learned some good moves, but I spend a lot of time in practice working on my shots-from free throws to off-balance shots. The only way a shooter can perfect their shots is through constant practice.

I learned at a young age to dribble with both hands, and that allows me to be more creative when I go against bigger and stronger opponents.

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.

I have to say I've worked very few days of my life. I used to have to cut the lawn, and when I was in junior high school, I worked at a concession stand at a stadium.

You should be able to voice your opinion and respect the voice of the other side. You should be willing to educate yourself and know what it is you're dealing with.

The NBA has the best point guards in the world, so it is important that I come ready to play every night.

What happened in the past is just that, the past. Champion or not.

My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball.

People have always doubted whether I was good enough to play this game at this level. I thought I was, and I thought I could be. What other people thought was really always irrelevant to me.