Steve Nash

June 4, 2014

It's Steve Nash - Former Phoenix Sun, Current LA Laker, soccer lover. ASK ME ANYTHING!

You guys - sorry so but I have to run! This has been a lot of fun - chat with you more on CyberDust on Friday (I'm SteveNashFdn) (also, my Foundation is on twitter @SteveNashFdn). In the meantime, love for you to support our efforts to grow health in kids through Showdown - your donation gets you lots of chances to win a trip to NYC for two, and play in the match this year - check it out at PRIZEO before Friday! Thank you for the great support!

Who is one player, active or retired; you always look forward to matching up against?

I don't know. Tough one. Dirk.

Bromance :)

Don't knock the bromance.

Steve!, I used to be a big Phoenix Suns fan and I was just wondering about your run with us and the Mavericks. Which team do you regret not being able to finish a season with a Championship more? I was also wondering if you might be able to give me your opinion on Russel Westbrook, as I've been watching his game for a while now and was wondering what a "traditional" PG thinks of him. Thanks man!

Moreso Phoenix, because we -- with Dallas, we were just evolving when I left, but Phoenix was 8years and never won. Russel's one of the most electrifying playrs in the league.

Hey Steve, lifetime Laker fan here. I have a couple questions:

  1. If management were to ask your opinion, who would you suggest the organization draft at #7?

  2. Are you interested in being a head coach in the future?

  3. What do you see for this next season with the Lakers? It seems that it's going to be your final season in the league before retirement.

  4. Who would win in a best of 3 games of H.O.R.S.E? You or Dirk?

Coaching's not for me, I don't think.

Are there any former teammates of yours that you are still good friends with? If so, who?

Lots - Rex, Finley, Dirk, Raja, Leandro Barbosa, Grant Hill -- lots.

So glad to see Bell on there I fucking love that guy.

Read that too quickly. Ha. Raja's great - he's been a Showdown standout for us a number of times - hope he comes back!

How was it working with Grantland and Bill Simmons?

It was fun -- always fun to work with Bill, and great to be able to tell my story.

Yo Steve! how many times havee you dunked in game?


Me too, wow we have so much in common. We should be friends!

We could be friends. Enter to win the Prizeo trip to our Showdown game in NYC!

So you're saying I have a chance to make it in the NBA?

I'm pretty sure I did NOT say that. Ha.

Hey Nash! What are your thoughts on Derrick Rose?

One of the best int he game -- just hope he can get healthy and stay healthy.

Hi Steve, I'm glad you're doing this. First of all, what is it like being one of the greatest Canadian NBA players of all time? Was it harder for you as a Canadian to become a good basketball player? It's not nearly as popular as it is in America.

It's great -- inspiring to see how much the game has grown in our country, and be a part of that.

Hey, Mr. Steve Nash! What do you do on your free time? (besides basketball and soccer)

Chase my three kids around.

Hey Steve! I'm a big fan of yours. I have always loved to watch you play and you were one of the players I tried modeling my game after because I always was shorter growing up and played PG... and my name is Steve too!

My question for you is past or present, who is the first player you would draft if you were starting a team from scratch and why?

Andrew Wiggins - most potential.

What was your favorite moment during an NBA game that you played in?

Wow - I don't think I have just one.

Now that you are getting towards the end of your career, what are the things you have been thinking about doing the most after it is over? You're a good one, and thanks for the letting us AYA!

Thanks! Giving my kids more time, working on my production company, my Foundation, playing soccer with the kids.

Steve, I grew up watching the Suns with you and Shawn Marion and other guys and it was awesome. I want to thank you for introducing me to basketball and I have one question. What's your favorite memory playing for the Suns?

My teammates -- we had some really close teams over the years, hanging out, and everyone made it alot of fun.

Who do you have winning the World Cup this year?

I'm an England fan, but I'd also like to see Brazil win in Brazil. You a soccer fan?

Nashty! You have been one of my favorite athlete since I was in junior high. Love watching you play basketball and soccer. The goofy attitude, the amazing assist highlight videos, and all of your charitable givings the the Steve Nash foundation makes you my favorite Canadian of all time. My questions are:

Thank you so much for doing this AMA and being a professional athelete that makes a difference!

I've done that tongue thing since I was a baby!

Nashty! You have been one of my favorite athlete since I was in junior high. Love watching you play basketball and soccer. The goofy attitude, the amazing assist highlight videos, and all of your charitable givings the the Steve Nash foundation makes you my favorite Canadian of all time. My questions are:

Thank you so much for doing this AMA and being a professional athelete that makes a difference!

That was a shaving kit! A gift from the Lakers.



Hello Steve- what made you a Tottenham fan?

My dad and grandad are from Tottenham. You?

Where does the Santa Clara - Arizona game rank amongst your team accomplishments?

It was awesome - historical win for the NCAA tourn and for our school, so really special.

Hey Steve, thank you so much for doing this AMA. I’m a huge fan of yours dating back to your early days in Dallas. I was in attendance for the 1st and 2nd Showdown in Chinatown and can’t believe it’s already been 7 years. Congrats!

What do you think about your PHX Suns teams being labeled “critically acclaimed”? I’m not ashamed to say that I cried when you guys lost in the Western Conference Finals in 2010.

Any chance of you playing for the Whitecaps after you retire?

How do you want people to remember you, as a player/humanitarian/owner.

Thanks again, Steve!

Don't think the Caps would have me!

Steve huuuge fan.

I have lived and died with the sun my whole life, and when you were here those were some of the best years of my life.

You and STAT had a crazy connection back in the day and I just want to know if you guys are still friends/talk to eachother.

Also, we all remember the infamous Robbert Horry play, what went through your mind after that play and into the next game?

Thanks for answering my question it really means a lot to me to have the opportunity to ask my favorite basketball player of all time a question.

Amare and I text back and forth and are still friends. Horry play I forgot about after it happened - didn't really dwell on it.

What's your favorite place in LA to get poutine? (No seriously, I live in LA and love poutine and need to know...)

Ha. I don't eat it.

Where is your favorite place to eat

Petro's - in LA.

If you werent in the NBA, what would you be doing for a living?

Who knows?

Hello Steve, who was your biggest inspiration growing up and why?

Terry Fox was one of them.

Hey Steve, I'm currently a student at Santa Clara and I was wondering when we can expect to see you back at the Clara?? The Hut's been waiting!

Love to get back! Hopefully soon!


Never had tips - bleached my whole head and it grew out. That was in Dallas. . . .

Steve, big fan of your Suns teams over the years. What can we expect from next years Lakers? Also, how is your recovery coming along?

Edit: Can we not down vote each others questions in hopes of getting our own answered? It's very petty.

I feel really good -- thanks!

What did you have to do in preparation for lighting the torch at the 2010 Winter Games?

Just a rehearsal - but it was with Gretzky - the night before.

Hey Steve, you're literally the reason why I'm a Suns fan, so thanks for all the memories.

What has it been like seeing Goran's rise to an all-star caliber player? How much of an impact did you play in his career as a mentor?

Awesome to see him - great guy, becoming a great player.

THANKS FOR DOING THIS AMA, these are my brothers (a huge fan) questions for you:

Skating I love - day to day transport, A to B.

Can I watch World Cup matches with you and your buddies?

We're watching the USA v. Germany game in NYC - get tickets for Showdown, and then come out for some pints! On our foundation website:

How did you decide between playing basketball or soccer professionally?

I gave up soccer early to play basketball, because all my friends - oops! Beacuse all my friends were playing. But my brother played pro, and my sister played soccer in university and with the Canadian women. Showdown brings it all back together for me.

Hey Steve, fellow Canadian here. My question is: As the GM of Team Canada and seeing all this new talent coming out of the North, how far do you see Team Canada going in the 2016 or 2020 Olympics?

I think we have a chance to be a very good team - '16 we'll be really young, and it's just a test to qualify, but '20 we could maybe be an elite team with a lot of the guys hitting their prime.

Steve, I bet you're excited about Andrew Wiggins being a future member of the Canadian national squad, aren't you? Not to mention the GOAT Robert Sacre.

Yes to both -

Dear Steve,

What is your secret to being able to play with people bigger and faster than you? What helped you figure that out the most growing up?

Working on my skills and trying to play with intelligence.

When/why did you choose Basketball over Soccer?

All my friends were playing in Grade 8, so really to just have more time together. But I love soccer. That's really why we do Showdown every year - great cause, but also gets my two sports passions together.

This was his outfit, how do you think it went?

NO comment.

Hey Steve! I'm a huge fan of yours!

Who was the best PG defender you played against?

Such talent across the league -- that's a really tough one to answer. Not dodging it, just honestly can't pick one.

My mother asks: When you retire will you move back to Arizona, the most wonderful place in the world?

I want to know if you've entertained the idea of being Tom Petty for Halloween.

For your mom: I'm not sure. What a special place - kids were born there, and I have so many great memories, but my family's all in California now. We love returning to the desert though - my Foundation has our Educare Arizona site there, something I'm really proud of ( Showdown actually benefits that, too). For you: no. But maybe now I will.

Hey Steve, if I recall you have british citizenship, have you ever thought about promoting basketball in Britain? If you do I'll be your best friend! Also what's the secret to the perfect shot?

Why don't you win the trip to NYC and we can talk about it! Only a few days left, guys: - we'd love the support, and it would be cool for someone from this chat to win!

COYS -- Steve, where do you watch spurs games in LA? Watch any with keano? Big spurs supporter and Laker fan in LA, so pulling for you and lamela to both get healthy asap.

Mostly at home with the kids -- but we're going to be watching that USA v. Germany match in NYC the day after Showdown, if you want to come!

Hey Steve I'm a big fan... Always hated you on the Suns, you were one of LA's ultimate villains and I love that you're on the Lakers now. I'm sorry about your injuries, and as a man with chronic back problems, I literally feel your pain.

My question is, what are your plans (if any) post-retirement from the NBA?

Thanks for doing this, and good luck next season!

I'm too focused on getting back healthy next season to think about retirement too much -- I have my kids, my production co, the Foundation, etc. to keep me plenty busy, though.

Steve, you're a great guy. As a Canadian, I wonder, do you have any interest in closing your career out with the Raptors? Great club here. All the best.

One of my all-time favorite cities, but I love the team I'm with.

Hey Steve! I've been a huge fan for a long time now and I was wondering if you would ever consider visiting Windsor, Ontario sometime? I'd really love for an opportunity to meet you.
Also, is there anyway I could apply for a job at your foundation?
Thanks! Hope to hear from you!

Foundation isn't hiring, but lots of ways to support!

I am so glad I caught this!

You're one of my favorite players in the NBA since I started watching. I loved that Phoenix team and was always my go-to team in NBA 2k.

What is one piece of advice/knowledge you've followed throughout your success that you think others should as well?

Thanks! Effort. Practicing every day, learning from others -- putting in the effort.

How do you think your background playing soccer has helped you play basketball better?

Agility and skills, and just the field of vision thing. You'd be surprised how many NBA guys grew up playing soccer - that's what makes Showdown so much fun for all of us. Who's coming this year?

If a zombie apocalypse were to suddenly happen what players would you want on your survival group. And who wouldn't you want on your team. I wouldn't want Kobe personally, I think he would throw me at the zombies if it would give him a half second more to get away

I really don't know how to answer this.

Hey Steve. Huge Lakers fan here but a soccer enthusiast as well.

Who are you rooting for in the World Cup?

Who do you think will win?

Also, can you tell us your most interesting Kobe story?

Always rooting England, but cool story if Brazil wins in Brazil. I've been able to play with 22 soccer players in Showdown that have played in a World Cup, so I'm pretty happy just to see great sport happening.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Steve Nash conducted on Reddit on 2014-06-04. The Reddit AMA can be found here.