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Steve Nash Leaves His Legacy in Canadian Basketball History



Mar 23, 2015

Canadian icon and NBA legend, Steve Nash retired from basketball this past weekend. After an illustrious 19-year career, Steve has decided to move on from the game he has impacted so profoundly. Steve has been looked at as the face of Canadian basketball for decades while also being an integral aspect of growing the game across the country.

“For so long, Steve was Canadian basketball… its face, its heart, its soul. As painful as it is to lose his active presence from the game, Steve’s timing is - as it always was on the court - impeccable, in that he has affected this wonderful, almost seamless transition to Andrew Wiggins and the new, unprecedented number of Canadians on NBA floors this season.” – Canada Basketball CEO/President, Wayne Parrish.

“Steve has created a legacy for basketball in Canada unlike no other.” – Canada Basketball Executive Director, Michele O’Keefe.

“There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Steve’s impact on basketball in Canada. He was a huge inspiration to so many basketball players, coaches and fans in Canada.” – Senior Women’s National Team head coach, Lisa Thomaidis.

“Steve Nash has been a tremendous icon, pioneer, humanitarian, teammate, friend and basketball player. Steve's exploits on the hardwood and his class and character off the court, will leave an indelible mark on me and all that have had the good fortune to know him intimately or from a far. We at Canada Basketball will be supportive as Steve embarks on a new chapter in his life and will continue to share his passion of growing the game of basketball in Canada.” - Assistant General Manager/Executive Vice President of Senior Men's Program, Rowan Barrett.

"Thank you to my big brother Steve Nash for being such an inspiration to Canadian basketball hopefuls like me. Congratulations on your retirement.” – Cleveland Cavaliers Centre, Tristan Thompson.

“Steve Nash has and will continue to inspire myself and Canada. Thank you for doing so much for our country.” – San Antonio Spurs Point Guard, Cory Joseph.

“The greatest Canadian to ever play the game of basketball retired today. I just want to thank Steve Nash for his impact to the NBA and all kids from Canada. Thanks for the continued support and guidance and look forward to getting down to business with Team Canada.”­ – Minnesota Timberwolves Forward, Anthony Bennett.

“You will be missed, Steve. Congratulations on a legendary career.” – Sacramento Kings Guard, Nik Stauskas.

“Steve is easily one of the best point guards of all time. He really helped put Canada on the map with basketball. Dynamically changed the game and had a huge influence on the franchise he played for. I looked up to him when I was growing up and continue to take his advice as a player. Will definitely be missed and look forward to being under his regime with Canada Basketball.” – Orlando Magic Forward, Andrew Nicholson.

"From growing up in Vancouver, he's always been that guy that Canadians have always looked up to. It's kind of sad to see it coming to the end, but I've been so honored and blessed to be able to play with him and just be a teammate." – Los Angeles Lakers teammate and Centre, Robert Sacre.