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Canada Basketball Hopes Addition Of Steve Nash As GM Leads To Success On, Off Court
Published May 9, 2012
A SLAM DUNK: Also in Toronto, Steve Buffery writes under the header, "Nash Hiring A Slam Dunk For Canada Basketball." Short of "winning a medal at an Olympic Games, the announcement that Steve Nash -- the greatest basketball player this country has ever produced -- has been named the new GM of the senior men’s national team is the absolute best of news for the program." Nash's appointment is "much bigger" than Hockey HOFers Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman leading Canada's Olympic hockey team, as the hockey team is "always going to be gold-medal worthy." Nash's presence makes it "that much easier to raise money as the team looks towards the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain" and the '16 Rio Olympics. Though Parrish said Monday that Nash's "primary duties will be as GM, i.e. personnel -- he acknowledged that, from a marketing point of view, having the Phoenix Suns star on board is a major bonus" (TORONTO SUN, 5/9). The TORONTO STAR's Doug Smith writes Nash "still has basketball to play and play at the highest level but the chance to have an impact on a country ... was simply too good to turn down." Smith writes the appointment "may turn out to be a watershed moment in the basketball history of this country" (TORONTO STAR, 5/9).