Happy Steve Nash Internet Day!

The reasons for Nash's greatness extend beyond his skill on the basketball court. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The reasons for Nash's greatness extend beyond his skill on the basketball court. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Bright Side of the Sun has decreed today, the ninth day in the twelfth month of the great year 2009, as Steve Nash Internet Day. Here’s my take on what makes the man known as Two Time so unique:

We all should aspire to be more like Steve Nash. No, none of us possess his court vision, his shooting touch or his flair for the dramatic, but I’m not even talking about basketball. We should all be more like who Steve Nash is at his core: an unselfish performer who strives to lift his teammates up in all situations while being a genuinely good dude just for the sake of being a good dude.

The beauty of Steve Nash transcends sports. Steve Nash is the kind of guy you want on your team whether you ply your craft on the basketball court or in the office because it’s all about the team. His unselfishness exudes from his every pore, and everything’s about the group, nothing’s about him even when he’s the most talented guy out there. Steve Nash is the first guy popping off the bench when the scrubs head back in the fourth quarter of a blowout, and Steve Nash is the guy who knows it’s more important for him to get his teammates involved than for him to take over (until the fourth quarter at least).

Steve Nash is unselfishness personified, and it’s the rarest of superstar qualities. Everything for him is about the team, where the team is at and what he’s doing to push the team to be its best. Nash talks about teams playing to their fullest potential, and he can cope with losing so long as that’s the case. Steve Nash is the rare superstar who values having fun and playing with teammates who double as friends above anything else, even the chance to win a token ring on a contender. In a world of Allen Iversons and Stephon Marburys, Steve Nash represents a basketball player maximizing his potential while playing an unselfish brand of basketball that’s almost unprecedented in NBA lore. In a league of over-inflated egos, Nash checks his ego at the locker room door.

How often do we in life perform an act for the pure sake of getting credit for that act, such as giving to charity purely for the recognition of doing a good deed? Or how often do we help somebody at work because we want to be seen helping that person rather than helping them purely for the sake of helping them, no strings attached? On this very Steve Nash Internet Day we should all think about doing fewer things to boost ourselves and more things like Steve Nash would.

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