Looking Back at Steve Nash’s Legacy

Steve Nash suffered a back injury that will keep him out for this season and most likely will end his career. I want to take a moment to look back on his career as well as what it meant to Canada.

Steve Nash was a dynamic point guard that dominated the game unlike anyone else in history. His combination of quickness, passing ability and basketball IQ made for a player that will go down as one of the best at that position of all time. In fact I have him only behind Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas in the PG category. Steve Nash was simply the top pure point guard of his era and his numbers back it up. He will finish 3rd on the all time list for assists but this isn’t the stat that most impresses me. What stands out to me was his teams offensive production with him at the helm. Steve Nash was the leader of the best offensive team in the NBA for nine seasons in a row. Yes, NINE in a ROW. This wasn’t a coincidence or by chance. Nash was able to navigate offenses like maybe no one in history ever has. From the 2001-02 season with Dallas until 2009-10 with Phoenix, Nash’s teams dominated the NBA offensively. Throw all that together with his two MVP’s, eight All-Star teams, seven All-NBA teams (Three first teams) as well as his five times leading the league in assists, you have a player who should be a no brainer to be a first ballot hall of famer.

But his remarkable NBA career isn’t the only place that he made his mark, Steve Nash is Mr. Basketball in Canada. Canadian basketball took a huge step forward because of what Nash did. At the time Nash broke into the league Canadian basketball was still very raw. The Raptors and Grizzlies were still in their infancy and success on the world stage didn’t seem like a possibility. What Steve Nash showed kids in Canada was that the NBA was a possibility, that you can do more than watch it on TV, you could be on TV. Nash wasn’t a 7’5″ monster or 6’8″ athletic freak. Nash inspired a nation to pick up a ball and start shooting. It isn’t a coincidence that this recent surge in Canadian talent comes from the generation that grew up watching those great Suns teams. It is fitting that he is now the leader of that generation as the head of Canada Basketball. I have no doubt that this next phase will be just as, or more successful that his playing career was.

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2 thoughts on “Looking Back at Steve Nash’s Legacy

  1. Saw your post on NBA.com- wanted to give some feedback on your first few posts.
    You’ve got a good start- here are a few of my thoughts:
    Content: Keep the content fresh and original. The appeal of any blog is that it’s the author’s original work, and not the regurgitated spin of another NBA writer or talking head. Do I think Wiggins will score 18ppg this year? No. But you do, and that’s what’s important. There is no right or wrong, just make sure your ideas and arguments are grounded, and where possible, backed up by stats. Which brings me to Stats… Include them!

    Including stats (which you’ve done here) only strengthens your stance and provides deeper roots for your article. Also- find some things that stand out about the topic on which you’re writing. For example, I’d have mentioned that Nash was a four-time member of the 50/40/90 club. That’s two more than Bird, and three more than any other player in League history. That’s a stat that jumps off the page and really gets the reader’s attention. Strong content = interested readers. Also regarding content- pictures are a great way to keep the reader’s attention. We tend to get fatigued after reading two to three paragraphs consecutively, so pictures break up the word concentration and provide a good second layer of depth to the blog experience. For example- with the Nash write up, you could include a pic of him from the ’96 draft, one of him with the eye swollen shut, another with team Canada, etc. Do a little research and see what you can post in term of copyrighted material. I like what you’ve written on in the first few posts, keep the ideas flowing.

    Your work can have a great voice, strong opinions, and wonderful stats to back up your points, but if your grammar and spelling are poor, you lose credibility with the reader. So this brings me to my next point. Be a grammar Nazi! Poor punctuation and spelling are distracting and will lose you readership! Use commas to avoid run-on sentences. Get an APA style book if that’s helpful.

    Finally- Write as much as you can. Every day if possible. If you only have an hour to work on your post, map it out and write. 10 minutes to plan, 30 for content, 10 for revisions, 10 for final proofs and submission. Boom, done. Even if your content is thin in that 30 minute period, at least you’ve written something. You may also want to plan out your posts for the week. So maybe on Sunday night you write out your topics- Monday is contenders in the east, Tuesday is contenders in the west, Wednesday is new coaches, Thursday is your favorite unis, whatever. Leave some flexibility for things that pop up, (injuries, deals, Steph Curry dropping 60 on the Lakers) but have a plan so you don’t end up sitting around wasting time trying to figure out what to write about. Post something every day, and read lots of other blogs as well. Learn voice and style from other writers, and you’ll continue to develop your own.

    A random thing, but read your work aloud, and take a step back and work on revisions after a 5 minute break away from your computer. Also- really think critically about what you’re writing. ‘Remembering Steve Nash’ makes it sound like he died. Find the words and phrasing that fit the occasion. ‘Reflecting on Steve Nash’s Career’ or ‘Examining Nash’s Legacy’ would’ve been layups for titles, instead you bricked it by implying that the dude kicked the bucket. If you want to get cute with it, try things like ‘The Canadian Wizard Runs out of Tricks’ or ‘Lakers Submerged with Nash out for Season’. You don’t have to go with the play-on-words route (it’s a little corny), but it’s something to consider. Just a few things to look out for. Keep working on it and posting to NBA.com, and I’ll continue to read. You have a good start, so keep it going. Good luck!

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    • Thanks for the awesome feedback. It really gives me some things to work on. This is the first time I’ve done anything like this so it’s a work in progress to say the least. I’m trying to learn on the fly and hopefully I can make this work!

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