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Stephen John Nash was born on February 7, , to British and Welsh parents in Johannesburg, South Africa, he returned as a CBS correspondent to the World Cup into an athletic family: his father, John, played semi-professional soccer and his mother, Jean, netball. After two years in South Africa, the Nash family immigrated to Canada to avoid raising their children amidst apartheid. In , Steve moved to Santa Clara University on the only basketball scholarship offered him. In the fall of , he welcomed a son, Matteo Nash. In September , Steve married Lilla Frederick, with whom he welcomed son Luca to the family in and daughter Ruby in
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He currently serves as senior advisor of the Canadian men's national team and as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors. After a successful high school basketball career in British Columbia , Nash earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team's all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He made minimal impact and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in Named by ESPN in as the ninth-greatest point guard of all time, Nash led the league in assists and free throw percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history in three-point shooting , free throw shooting, total assists, and assists per game. Nash has been honoured for his contributions to various philanthropic causes. In , he was named by Time as one of the most influential people in the world. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in and invested to the order in , and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in Before the family settled in Canada, his father played professional soccer in various parts of the world.
For three seasons —05 to —07 , Steve Nash was the most important—if not the best—player in the NBA. The partnership was inspired; Nash captured the NBA Most Valuable Player MVP award in and , and he might have done so in if not for fears that he was getting too decorated. Nash was raised in Victoria, British Columbia—not exactly a basketball hotbed—and was recruited by a single American college, Santa Clara University. Santa Clara was not known for its basketball prowess, but it did not take long for Nash to arrive on the national radar.