Ed Odeven Reporting

Steve_Nash_00054446Steve Nash dished out 10,335 assists in his NBA career. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

This feature on future two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash appeared in CAGE Canada Basketball News’ summer 1998 edition.

Nash shines in Valley of the Sun
Canadian makes huge strides in second NBA season

By Ed M. Odeven

Steve Nash heard the boos.

He recognized the disappointment of the Phoenix Suns fanatics who were less than thrilled when the organization selected a little-known point guard from Santa Clara University with the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

After all, the Suns already had a dependable All-Star named Kevin Johnson manning the point and the squad desperately needed an intimidating defensive presence inside.

The easy-going, humble Nash understood the fans’ initial skepticism.

“I don’t look like I’m going to be a tremendous basketball player,” the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Victoria, British Columbia, admitted during his rookie campaign.

“I probably would’ve…

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