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South Africa’s not-so-well-known link to the NBA

By on June 30, 2008 in FanZone

After Victor’s recent post about Thierry Kita’s link to the Champion Boston Celtics, I couldn’t resist including this one.

For those of you who aren’t aware of South Africa’s other influence in one of the world’s greatest professional sports, here’s a little known trivia fact about Steve Nash [currently with the Phoenix Suns], who was the Most Valuable Player in the NBA for two consecutive years [2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons], following in the footsteps of greats like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley.

Steve was born in Johannesburg and spent several years here while his dad played professional soccer. He later moved to Canada, and is now sadly billed as Canadian. So while it is officially a Canadian that was the NBA MVP two years in a row, we know better – he’s South African!

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  1. Cabby says:

    Understandably so, I think if he said he was South African, that would have created other undue issues….just kidding. Anyway, this seem to be the trend. Check Thabo Sifolosha,all SA but he sees himself as Switz. Cant blame them though, what have we done for their bball skilz? So we cant claim what we didnt help create. My take!