The lanky dude from Victoria, British Columbia, is finally getting the fateful call. After two incredible decades in the NBA, Steve Nash's legacy will be solidified this year when he joins the pantheon of greats in the Basketball Hall of Fame. ESPN insider and bomb dropper, Adrian Wojnarowski, broke the news on Thursday morning with a tweet and the story has since been confirmed by representatives from the Hall itself. Nash will be joined by twelve other legends, including two former teammates in Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.
Arguably the greatest Canadian basketball player, Nash is a two-time MVP winner and eight-time NBA All-Star. Aptly dubbed Captain Canada, Nash has represented his country at the Olympic Games and is currently the national team's general manager. In the NBA, the point guard has played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers. His elite basketball IQ and slick hands made him a passing master—Nash sits third in all-time assists behind only Kidd and John Stockton.
In a public statement released today, Canada Basketball executive, Rowan Barrett unsurprisingly praised Nash's game and character. "Steve has been a trailblazer for the game of basketball in Canada and worldwide," he began. "He was a consummate professional and a tremendous example of what can be achieved with hard work, discipline and true belief in yourself. As a friend that grew with him from our teenage years, and on behalf of our men’s high performance team at Canada Basketball, we wish Steve a heartfelt congratulations on his induction to the Hall of Fame."
Nash, Kidd, Hill and more will be honoured with a ceremony later this September in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the meantime, you can watch some of Steve's best moments below via the NBA's YouTube channel.