Immigrant success storytime !
A little fun and widely unknown fact about former NBA League MVP and current Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash!
He was an immigrant
He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974 and emigrated to Canada at the young age of 1 year and 6 months old.
He became a top-class basketball player in Canada
After a successful high school basketball career in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Nash earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California.
He was Player of the Year in University
In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and he was twice named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year. Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team’s all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.
By his fourth season with the Mavericks, he was voted to his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection.
He won the prestigious MVP title in the NBA…Twice!
In the 2004–05 season, Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals and was named the league’s MVP. He was named MVP again in the 2005–06 season and was runner-up for a third consecutive MVP to Nowitzki in 2006–07.
Named by ESPN in 2006 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.
Main take away
Whenever you feel some doubts or discouragement about emigrating to a new country in Canada and starting a new life, remember the success story of Steve Nash for some encouragement and motivation. Hard work and dedication produce success but opportunities and the environment you are in play an equally important part.
That’s why emigrating to Canada could be one of the best decisions you could make in your life, it opens up a whole range of possibilities, potentials, opportunities for you. Canada has a track record of having an environment that cultivates success.
Steve Nash and his team are set to face the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Photo creds: Rocky Widner/NBAE, via Getty Images
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