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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Black Caps: An Underdog Story

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final: New Zealand Black Caps vs. Australia, Sunday March 29th 2015, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) #AUvNZ

Sunday, March 22, 2015

End of an Era: Steve Nash the Last True Pure Point Guard

If somebody ask me to pick my all-time five, I would've pick Steve Nash at point guard alongside Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. This doesn't mean he's the very best of his position but he is definitely one of the greatest point guards in basketball history, one of the last remnants of the Jordan era, and probably, the greatest player never get to play in the NBA Finals. Cut from same cloth as Bob Cousy, Pete Maravich, John Stockton, Jason Williams - the "pass-first shoot-later" pure point guards. He was the last of 'em and was fortunate to play long enough to see the Golden Age of Point Guards or to be more specific "combo" guard such as Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Russel Westbrook, Stephen Curry just to name a few.

By winning those two MVPs in mid-2000s, proves that NBA basketball is not all about scoring its also about making your teammates better and playing incredible team basketball. Lakers and Kobetards hated him for "stealing" those MVPs and they hated him even more when he financially screwed their team over on his way to retirement (LOL!). He should've stayed in Phoenix. They got the best medical team in the NBA but oh well, life goes on.

Today, he announced in Twitter (and The Players' Tribune) the end of his long and distinguished career.


Career Highlights

High School:
- British Columbia AAA provincial championship title (1991-92)
- British Columbia High School Player of the Year (1991-92)

College:
- West Coast Conference champion (1993, 1995, 1996)
- 2x West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year (1995, 1996)
- Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America (1996)
- USBWA Honorable Mention All-America (1996)
- No. 11 retired by Santa Clara

Professional:

- 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
- 4x NBA Western Conference finalist (2003, 2005, 2006, 2010)
- 3x NBA Pacific Division champion (2005, 2006, 2007)
- 8× NBA All-Star (2002–2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
- 3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
- 2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
- 2× All-NBA Third Team (2002–2003)
- 2× NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Champion (2005, 2010)
- 5× NBA regular season leader for assists per game: 2005 (11.5), 2006 (10.5), 2007 (11.6), 2010 (11.0), 2011 (11.4)
- 6× NBA regular season leader for total assists: 2005 (861), 2006 (826), 2007 (884), 2010 (892), 2011 (855), 2012 (664)
- 2× NBA regular season leader for free-throw percentage: 2006 (.921), 2010 (.938)
- 7× NBA regular season leader for assists per 48 minutes: 2004 (12.6), 2005 (16.1), 2006 (14.2), 2007 (15.8), 2008 (15.5), 2010 (16.1), 2011 (16.4)
- 4× member of 50-40-90 Club: (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Has more 50-40-90 seasons than any other player in NBA history
- One of only five players to have ever shot 50-40-90
- One of only two players to have shot 50-40-90 more than once
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (NBA award for outstanding citizenship and community service): 2007
- Best NBA Player ESPY Award (2005)


NBA Records:
- 1st all-time in Career Free-Throw percentage (90.42%)
- 3rd all-time in Total Career Assist (10,335/8.5apg)
- 8th all-time in Career Assist Average (8.5apg)
- 2nd all-time in Career 3-point field goal percentage (.428%)
- 5th all-time in Total Career Play-off Assist (1061/8.8apg)
- 5th all time in Career Play-off Assist Average (8.8apg)
- 2nd all-time in Career Playoff 3-point field goal percentage (.406%)

International:
- FIBA Americas Championship silver medallist (1999)
- FIBA Americas Championship bronze medallist (2001)
- Canada Games bronze medallist (1993)
- World University Games silver medallist (1993)
- Olympic Games, 7th place (2000)
- FIBA Americas Championship, 4th place (2004)
- FIBA Americas Championship MVP (2004)

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