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Steve Nash is really old…

Today is Steve Nash’s 36th birthday. Now, I’m sure that you know Stevie through his greatest claim to fame… dating my sister almost 15 years ago. What you might not know is that in his time since then Nash has gone on to become a pretty decent basketball player. I think he might have won an award or two.

I’ve long said that in baseball 300 game winners are made in their 30s. It’s not that it doesn’t matter what a guy does in his 20s, but the difference between guys who wins 175 games and guys who win 300 are what the latter guys do in their mid to late 30s. Basketball on the other hand is a game for young, strong, athletic legs.

Yet, somehow Steve Nash has defied the influx of younger, more athletic players and the inevitable advancement of age to redefine his legacy. Had Nash retired after his eighth year in the league, or when he was 29, he would have been a very good player, who had a solid career. No shame in that, but what he’s done over the last five years is what makes him a certain Hall of Famer, and one of the ten greatest point guards in NBA history.

There is a considerable amount of evidence that in basketball, the closer a player is to 6’10, the better he will age. Steve Nash is 6’3, in shoes, with a small step ladder. His achievements in his 30s have been nothing short of remarkable. So, Happy Birthday Steve, may you continue rocking, dipping, weaving, passing, shooting, and flipping those little runners for many more birthdays.

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  1. bbb
    April 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I was watching Steve last night in the Utah game – is he really 6’3″?? I know that’s the height one reads, but he looks so tiny out there – like there’s more than 3-4″ between him and most of the others. If I had to guess I’d say he’s closer to 6’1.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Well, NBA players are notorious for inflating or deflating their height to achieve a certain goal. Small guards list themselves as bigger and bigs often list themselves as smaller. My only evidence about his actual height is about as anecdotal as it gets, but… When Steph brought him home those eighty-three million years ago, it he didn’t *seem* 6’3″.

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