The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Steve Nash

Basketball

2005


Photograph of Steve Nash

Photograph of Steve Nash

Date
May 9, 2005, p. A17
Collection
Toronto Star

MVP Award goes to the Team!

Steve Nash’s very first words after receiving his 2005 NBA most valuable player award at a Phoenix Suns press conference tells you everything you need to know about the man…“fittingly, for me to receive this award, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates…I don’t know if this is proper protocol…I’d like you guys to all come up here and kind of hang with me and share this with me. There’s no way I could have been here without you guys.” With the team at his side he concludes, “me being able to win this award is a reflection on this group and I’m really proud to be part of this team.”

This isn’t contrived or rehearsed and he means every word of it. This is Steve Nash, an unselfish team player that by NBA standards is virtually egoless.

While Nash modestly attempts to deflect credit for the NBA’s highest individual award, it’s universally clear the Suns point guard was at the helm of the team’s revitalized up-tempo style of play. He sparked one of the most amazing turnarounds in the NBA that took the Suns from a dismal 29 victories in the 2003-2004 season to an NBA-best 62 and all the way to the Western Conference final in the 2004-2005 season. Nash constantly pressed the tempo and piloted the fast wide-open offence that produced a 110 point average, the most the league has seen in a decade. Nash was pure point guard and playmaker averaging a league high 11.5 assists. And to blow the team horn again, all five starters had 30-point games. It is Steve Nash’s first year back with the Suns. It looks like the shoe fits.

Steve Nash is energized by perpetually trying to improve. He’s a gutsy player with a big heart and he’s smart. His play is cerebral and creative and he executes on the fly under game pressure. The difference seems to be his ability to visualize scenarios before anyone else. That’s how the lean 6’3” Victoria, British Columbia native is leading one of the most feared fast break teams in the NBA.

Steve Nash is the first Canadian to be named NBA - MVP. Dr. James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of the great American game would be very proud.

Interesting that Steve Nash revered Wayne Gretzky and the imaginative plays of the 1980’s Oilers. Nash has been compared to Gretzky. They have much in common

Huge basketball I.Q.

There’s no question the Suns formidable unit came together and made Steve Nash a better player.

Steve Nash, star guard with the Phoenix Suns, is the unanimous choice for Canada’s top athlete of the year Adobe PDF Transcript


Highlights

1996
NBA Draft – 15th Overall, by the Phoenix Suns
2002, 2003, 2005-2008
NBA All-Star
2002, 2005, 2006
Lionel Conacher Award – Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year
2005
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
2005, 2006
NBA Most Valuable Player
2007
Named to the Order of British Columbia
2007
Named to the Order of Canada
2007
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award - NBA award for outstanding community service