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 Steve Nash hired as GM of Canada's national basketball team
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Steve Nash has made his first big basketball decision of the summer, agreeing to become general manager of the senior men's national team for Canada Basketball.

Nash, who will be a highly coveted NBA free agent this summer, will be introduced in his new role at a news conference Tuesday in Toronto. The arrangement will be similar to the one Wayne Gretzky had with Hockey Canada in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"Obviously I love the program," Nash told ESPN.com. "It was a huge part of my development as a player. Going to the Olympics (in 2000) was the best experience of my career.

"So if I can help other Canadians experience that, it would be pretty amazing. I want to try to lend my hand to help develop our system and change the image and reputation of this country internationally and be a resource for as many of our good, young kids as possible."

Long known back home as "Captain Canada" after leading a team of unknowns to within one win of the medal round at the 2000 Sydney Games, Nash hasn't played for his country since the qualifying rounds for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

As part of his new job, Nash will have a strong say in the hiring of Canada's next coach. Former Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was in charge for the Sydney Olympics, is regarded as an overwhelming favorite for the post after he completes his summer stint as an a.ssistant to Mike Krzyzewski with Team USA at the London Olympics.

There is quiet optimism that Canada's basketball fortunes could be on the rise after Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph were first-round picks in the 2011 NBA draft. Nash is optimistic the number of Canadians in the NBA could rise to double digits "in the next five years."

"Maybe the timing of this will seem a little bit odd because I'm still playing (in the NBA), but this is about trying to impact a bunch of kids, trying to be a good resource and a source of some good. We have a lot of developing talent in our country and I'm excited to help them," Nash said.

Nash will be a.ssisted in the job by former Olympic teammate Rowan Barrett, who will run day-to-day operations as a.ssistant GM. The next major competition for Canada's national team isn't until summer 2013, when it will try to qualify for the world championships, which FIBA is rebranding as the World Cup.

As for his forthcoming return to free agency in July for the first time since summer 2004, Nash said: "I've been so busy with this that I haven't had much of a chance to start thinking about it. In the coming weeks, I'll definitely start to think about what I'm going to do."

Nash, 38, told ESPN.com last month that he wants to play in the NBA for at least three more seasons. He's also said in recent weeks that he has not ruled out re-signing with the Phoenix Suns, but intends to test the open market.

Suns owner Robert Sarver, meanwhile, told Phoenix radio station KTAR-AM last week: "If the situation's right, both parties would like to continue working together."

Steve Nash of Phoenix Suns to become GM of Canada Basketball - ESPN
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Inb4canadastillsucks..








Canada still sucks.
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GM?? lol wtf??
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1992 said:
GM?? lol wtf??
He will recruit all of the amazing Canadians players like Wiggins :dancingcool: you mad
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dude hasnt played for the national team since he was a young dude

Canada has decent young talent though. Thompson, the Joseph family, Pangos, etc. Might be a good team in a few years
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More and more rumors about canada maybe hell go to the raptors play 2 seasons call it a career and then coach? Or front office
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then he signs a deal wit raps and then bring in reke for demar :applause:
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Nash reppin canada hard... see ya later Jose
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I duno how I feel about this. I mean it's a dope move, and it will help recruit players, but at the same time this dude NEVER played for team Canada in his prime, which was some bi*ch sh*t. So, again, I duno how I feel about this.
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Nash is going to have it so easy when he retires. This is just setting him up, with down the line landing a GM job in the NBA(Paxon Kerr) without having to coach a single game or have any executive office experience what so ever..
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how many canadians in the nba? i just know him and dalembert.
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Nash is going to have it so easy when he retires. This is just setting him up, with down the line landing a GM job in the NBA(Paxon Kerr) without having to coach a single game or have any executive office experience what so ever..
hes white
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hooligun said:
how many canadians in the nba? i just know him and dalembert.
Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Joel Anthony, Jamal Magloire
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GOOD sh*t NASH, HOPE HE GOES TO A CONTENDER IN THE OFF SEASON, ID LIKE TO ATLEAST SEE THE HOMIE GET A CHANCE FOR A RING
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