Wednesday, 25 August 2010



Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash celebrates his team's win over the Los Angeles Lakers during the final seconds of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Phoenix, Arizona May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Superstars come and go in this league. Most make their mark but some fall by the courtside. There are legends and then there are legends of the fall. Sometimes hype becomes humiliation. Sometimes great expectations become 'quantities of debt', word to Charles Dickens. Number one picks sometimes become zero's and starters become 'did not play-coaches decision'. Sometimes being the first one to enter the gym becomes being the last one to leave the club. Throughout all this however Steve Nash remains Steve Nash.

In a matter of weeks all the talented Basketball nations of the world will duke it out (What's up Coach K?) in order to be the FIBA World champions. Whether it is the old glory of the USA, the samba of Brazil, or 'dos celebraciĆ³n' for Spain (nice World Cup win) one thing will remain the same. The greatest Canadian player of all-time will be watching, waiting and working. Still on his grind at 36 years old. Still in the gym 14 years deep. Still the last one out.

Phoenix Suns Steve Nash (R) looks for an opening as San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker (L) moves in during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs at the US Airways Center, in Phoenix, AZ, May 5,2010. The Suns defeated the Spurs 110-102 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. UPI/Art Foxall Photo via Newscom

In a summer where LeBron forms a super group and other franchise guys play the groupie, one man will stay put. When Carmelo's and CP3's look for greener pastures lined with championship gold, one man will pull on a Phoenix Sun's jersey once again. One man will wear his jersey with pride even if numbers diminish and STAT's aren't present. Coaches will be hired and fired this season. There will be 10 day contracts and there will be waivers, blockbuster trades and famous busts. With all the movers and shakers this summer Steve Nash will stick around in Arizona where it all started and carry on wearing the 'Suns' logo with pride. Regardless of 'gain' or 'los' (typo intended, you know what it is).

This year the news in the NBA will be dominated somewhat by bad press and scandal. Referees may blow the whistle on certain allegations, books may be written. Players may brawl on court and some team-mates may take it to the locker rooms, but as some players bring it to pistols the only thing one player will be shooting is the lights out. As other guys try and look macho behind some b.s. behavior one number 13 will be making shot's that doubters didn't think he had in his arsenal. Unlucky for some Steve Nash aint playing...figuratively speaking.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash hits a three-point shot in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Phoenix, Arizona May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The league may face a lockout this year but Steve Nash will still lock it down on the court, defensively, offensively and anything in-between and required. Some big egos will carry a chip on their shoulder but through all this one thing will remain constant. Steve Nash will carry nothing but his entire team on his skinny frame, 1 through 15. Believe that.

There will be draft picks making their mark in this league, players breaking out and superstars becoming celebrities. Players will have off nights and career nights. Throughout all this though Steve Nash will give his all. 100% for 82 plus. When others become MVP's, the former back to back 'Most Valuable' will play like this when critics are watching someone else. All whilst this team leader will graciously pass off the ball and the glory to someone else too.

When others go cold Steve will heat up on his teams request taking the scoring load if needed. When other players in this league have 'Player of the Night' games and reap all the glory Steve Nash will stay on defense and guard that best player. Taking the hits, taking the buckets and taking the loss if need be, because that's the seeds a dedicated worker must sow.

You've got to take the good with the bad. You have to be there, not only in the happy times but the sad ones as well. A true professional gives his all on either side of a blow-out whereas a bust just blows hot and cold. Highlight of the week players may make ESPN and flavor of the month players may make it on to some kid’s wall. Steve Nash however will make the Hall.

May 09, 2010 - San Antonio, TEXAS, UNITED STATES - epa02150799 George Hill of the San Antonio Spurs (C) congratulates Steve Nash (R) of the Phoenix Suns after the Suns defeated the Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA, 09 May 2010. Phoenix won the game 107-101 to advance to the Western Conference finals. Rear left is Spurs center Tim Duncan.

Teams will make the playoffs and teams will take lottery tickets. Teams will make the finals and teams will go fish. There will be a champion and there will be a first loser. Throughout all this Steve Nash will take the Suns as far as they can shine. Steve will remain hot in Arizona even if things on the floor get cold. First round, second round or more Nash will leave it all on the floor. Sweat soaked, Gatorade drunk, legs tired and ankles gone. He'll give his all. Even if his nose is bust by a San Antonio Spur. Even if a 'Where Amazing Happens' border becomes 'Where getting checked hard happens'.Even if he gets knocked down Steve will get back up. Down and blown out it won't be over for Steve until the final buzzer sings. A loss won't be a loss for Nash until it's recorded in the box score. Other plays may have a different opinion; these other players merely give in so give it up for Steve Nash.

May 17, 2010 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) in the first half of game one of a Western Conference Final Playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Monday, May 17, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Give it up for a guy who keeps it 100 when others are thinking 99.999. Give it up for a guy that may look like a surfer but is all ball like a Kobe Bryant foul at Staples. Sure there are more who play like him, but there's no one quite like Steve Nash in this league. Sure others may dunk while he lays it in, and others may take all the glory while he hustles but name another player who works as hard as Steve does? At his age, at his position and with all the abuse he takes and has taken Steve still has nothing but love and dedication for this league.

This year some players will make magazine covers, highlight reels, YouTube footage, tweets and forum posts and then tomorrow who knows. This is the life for certain celebrities or stars, or most 'baller's and 'demigods'. Throughout all this however one thing again will remain the same. Nasty Nash will be in your area, about to cause mass hysteria because Steve Nash bridges the gap and it aint hard to tell, just ask Nas.

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