PHOENIX — Media members were met with a strange memo at halftime of Wednesday night’s Phoenix Suns game against the San Antonio Spurs: assurance that Steve Nash would not be leaving the team to run for mayor in his native Victoria, British Columbia.
Was there any doubt? Apparently so; enough to warrant a media advisory that read like this:
A humorous article has been published by the Phoenix New Times joking that Steve Nash is retiring to enter Canadian politics. We want our fans to rest easy. THIS IS A HOAX!! Happily, Steve continues to be a member of our team.
This little gem came in response to a five-page New Times “story” that had Nash quitting the game Nov. 15 with ultimate aspirations of becoming Canada’s prime minister. It is quite the read and had to have taken some serious time, despite the fact that it has no sourcing.
Be it a good-natured hoax or a ploy to up traffic to their website, the New Times certainly created quite a stir with the story. Check back later, as we’ll try to have a (undoubtedly) funny reaction from Nash after the game.
Update: After the game, Nash told reporters that he didn’t hear about the story until some point during the game.
“I don’t know what to say about that,” Nash said with a laugh.
Asked further about his aspirations to rule the Great White North, Nash couldn’t help himself.
“I mean, obviously I’ll be prime minister one day,” Nash said. “Just not until after I finish playing basketball.”