Steve John Nash is a retired professional NBA player who was the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets until November 2022. He was born on February 7, 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His parents moved to Canada at a young age to avoid raising Nash, who is white, in a country with apartheid. He has won the MVP award twice in his career and has been selected as an NBA All-Star.
In 1996 the Phoenix Suns drafted Steve Nash in the first round with the 15th overall pick. During his first few seasons in the NBA he played primarily as the back-up point guard to Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson. In 1998, Nash was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He quickly took the starting spot in Dallas and played there for five years. After his contract was up in 2004, he decided to go back to Phoenix where he played until the end of the 2011-12 season. Nash signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2012-13 season, but spent most of the year on the injured list.