TV Timeout with Steve Nash
Posted Aug 6 2002 4:58PM
By Summer Sanders
On the basketball court, Dallas Mavericks point guard Steve Nash runs wild and in '01-02 he led his team to its most successful season ever. Recently he sat down with me to let his mouth do the running and divulge some little-known secrets of his childhood.
Summer: Besides basketball, what is the most memorable job you've ever had?
Steve: I have to say I've worked very few days of my life.
Steve: I used to have to cut the lawn, and when I was in junior high school, I worked at a concession stand at a stadium.
Summer: Was your lawnmower a sit-down model, or did you have to push it?
Steve: [laughs] Oh, come on, a sit-down? Have you ever seen Austin Powers, when he's in the hallway with the golf cart? That's what a sit-down would be in our yard.
Summer: You've played with Wang Zhizhi for a while – say something to me in Chinese.
Steve: I know "shé me ya?" which means "how are you?" And do you know how to say "hungry" in Mandarin? "è," like you just got punched in the stomach or you're really hungry. I was grilling him on his language, and that's what he said.
Summer: I read that you went to Canada's gold-medal-winning hockey game in Salt Lake City. How was that?
Steve: It was unbelievable. Americans can't really relate to how important that is to us. It's bigger than the Super Bowl to us.
Summer: Were you excited to meet the players?
Steve: Yeah, I was like a child!
Summer: When was the last time you played hockey?
Steve: I played last summer. One of my sister's friends plays for the Washington Capitals, and I played with him. I hadn't played in 16 years, but it was fun.
Summer: What's the best part of your hockey game . . . any similarities to basketball?
Steve: Yeah, my hands are pretty good, and so is my passing. But I've lost some of my quickness.
Summer: Ever try curling?
Steve: Do you mean "dusting"?
Summer: [laughs] All right, so have you ever dusted?
Steve: I haven't dusted or curled.
Summer: What is the last CD you bought?
Steve: Marvin Gaye.
Summer: Nice! What were you listening to when I called?
Steve: I was listening to a band called the Turin Brakes.
Summer: Did you collect anything as a kid?
Steve: I used to collect hockey cards. It was like Vegas at my school. You'd go to school with your box of cards, and at recess and lunchtime there were all these games we'd play. There would be Distance, Closest to the Wall and Leaners, who could get it to lean against the wall first. And there was Topsies – you'd flick cards until you could land yours on top of someone else's.
Summer: Were you good?
Steve: Yeah . . . now that I think of it, I have this mental picture of 50 kids lined up facing a wall, playing these games. It was so wicked. I hope they still do it. I want to go back and get it going. Me and my brother used to team up and pool our resources. I've told you stuff that I've never told anyone before. You're reaching deep into my soul. You're like Larry King.
Summer: Oprah, man!
Steve: Yeah, Oprah or Barbara Walters.
Summer: Just don't start crying on me. What was your best subject in school?
Steve: Besides P.E., geography was my best class in high school. I was in this gifted class when I was younger, and it was wicked! They always challenged us with different mind games. I enjoyed it a lot.
Summer: What actor would you choose to play the lead role in The Steve Nash Story?
Steve: Billy Bob Thornton.
Summer: Interesting! Is Angelina Jolie the girlfriend?
Summer: Are there any similarities between Dallas and British Columbia?
Steve: No, not really.
Summer: [laughs] How's the sushi in Dallas?
Steve: There are a couple of pretty good places, considering we're in the heart of Texas. It's not like they're pulling it out of their lakes here.
Summer: What book is on your bedside table right now?
Steve: I have a few. I'm reading two books at the moment. Kind of multi-tasking, but it's pointless. One of them is Huckleberry Finn and the other is a book that my cousin gave me, about the martial art that he practices.
Steve: Other than going home, I'd say Southeast Asia.
Summer: Bird or Magic?
Steve: Impossible to answer.
Summer: Favorite part of Bird's game?
Steve: His toughness.
Summer: And Magic's?
Steve: His passing.
Summer: That's it – thanks!