12 interesting facts about Steve Nash

Steve Nash has announced his retirement. The NBA legend and two-time MVP has not been able to play pain-free basketball since he injured his leg in the fall of 2012, and the disclosure of his decision ranks as more of a formality than surprise.

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Steve Nash's talents go far beyond his skills on the court. Check out these 12 facts about the intriguing the NBA legend.

Random facts about Steve Nash

During his prime he was “linked” to Elizabeth Hurley and Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls.

Random facts about Steve Nash

Nash was named one of the 2007 recipients of The Order of Canada – the country’s highest civilian honor. He was selected not just for his fame, but for his many humanitarian efforts through his Steve Nash Foundation and the Canadian school system.

Random facts about Steve Nash

Steve Nash became the first Canadian to play in an NBA All-Star Game in 2002.

Random facts about Steve Nash

Steve Nash is Canadian, but that isn't where he was born. Although he was raised in Victoria, he was actually born in South Africa.

Random facts about Steve Nash

Nash bought a house in Manhattan Beach, CA earlier this year. He lives a couple of blocks from the ocean.

Random facts about Steve Nash

His production company, Meathawk, has done ads for Nike, VitaminWater, Toyota, and EA Sports.

Random facts about Steve Nash

He graduated from Santa Clara and earned a degree in sociology.

Random facts about Steve Nash

Soccer runs in his blood. Both Nash’s brother and father played soccer professionally. His brother Martin Nash is pictured dribbling the ball by Demarcus Beasley while playing for the Canadian National Team.

FILE - In this May 19, 1984, file photo, Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers carry off the Stanley Cup in Edmonton, after they defeatd the New York Islanders. The NHL has the best names in the business. Nicknames, that is. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One (Gretzky). Tazer. Bicksy. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougall, File)

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