Steve Nash wants to show good & bad in basketball in new film series


steve-nashRetired NBA star Steve Nash will be participating in making a basketball film along with CBC. The one-hour film series will focus on an elite basketball academy.

“It’s a really incredible backdrop to create characters and create storylines that are really relevant, authentic and I think exciting for audiences,” said Nash, The Star reported.

Nash said the plot would circle around the teens, parents, coaches and administrators at a Toronto-area school, and the unique trials young athletes face as they seek superstardom.

Nash, who will be the executive producer, said he doesn’t expect to appear on camera. At the same time, he believes there are a lot of opportunities for NBA players to make cameos in movies.

“I think it’d be great — we have so many Canadian NBA players now that it’d be a lot of fun to have them get involved, so that’ll be something that we definitely would be excited to do,” he said.

Nash said the project is still in a very early stage of development with scripts currently being written. Nash said he envisions stories that would delve into the intense pressures young players face and the “shady” dealmaking that can emerge around them — something he experienced himself.

Since leaving basketball, Nash has indulged his passion for film and television through his company, Meathawk Productions. He said his interest began 20 years ago when he became “a bit of a cinephile.”

“And then initially I made a short for Nike and I was kind of hooked,” said Nash, who co-directed a documentary about Terry Fox for the ESPN series “30 for 30” in 2010.

Nash further said that he eventually made a bunch of digital content for brands, a ‘30 for 30’ documentary for ESPN, and also got involved in several web series.

“It was a fairly natural progression from just becoming a fan of film and storytelling to becoming a participant,” he explained.

Nash said the basketball business has changed a lot since he was a teenager, noting that social media has made everything “so much more immediate and public.”

“They just put a clip on YouTube and text it back and forth to a coach or a recruiter, and the same goes for their behaviour — they get caught out doing something, the whole world knows about it right away instead of it being just some little secret. It’s just a heightened environment and very difficult,” said Nash, who is now the general manager of Canada’s men’s national team.

He said he understands the pressure young players feel and hopes to bring some authenticity to the above mentioned film.

“As a young player you have high hopes and dreams, you have these goals that you’re striving for and then you have all these people around you with expectations, that want a piece of your time or your success and so to navigate that is something that we’re going to see a lot — how these kids navigate these two worlds of one, being a high-profile high school recruit and at the same time being a teenager,” said Nash.

“It becomes very tricky for these kids to land on their feet and to get through all this stuff unscathed,” he said.

During his time in the NBA, Steve Nash was a 2-time NBA MVP and participated in 8 All-Star games. He led the NBA in assists in six seasons, and in assists per game in 5 seasons. He played a total of 1217 NBA games (started in 1053) during 18 seasons, for Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and LA Lakers.

Nash holds career averages of 14.3 ppg, 8.5 apg, and 31.3 mpg. Nash shot over 90 percent from freethrow line and 49 percent from the field during regular seasons.



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