Suns star becomes divorced dad

Steve Nash wears many hats

The Globe and Mail

One of the things people like best about Steve Nash is his ability to multi-task. On the basketball court it's the constant threat he provides with his ability to thread passes through the smallest cracks in the defense or open up those spaces with his dribbling and the danger he presents as one of the best shooters basketball has ever seen.

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Also appealing is his well-roundedness; that he has reached incredible professional heights while maintaining a sense of perspective and curiosity about the world around him.

That might be just one reason why the announcement of his divorce - just a day after news that he was becoming a father for the third time - seemed so jarring.

Being rich and famous may or may not make having a 'normal' (maybe idealized is a better adjective) family life easier or harder. Certainly when things don't go as planned it makes it tricky, given the added scrutiny, I'm guessing.

But the flip side to being rich and famous for being utterly committed to work and simultaneously expanding his horizons beyond basketball is being very, very, busy.

A cursory look at Nash's schedule - and this is just the stuff that is fairly public - indicates a guy who's got a lot on his plate. A business associate of his said to me earlier this summer: "the only thing I wish could do with Steve is clone him; there's not enough of him to go around."

Nash's play was the main reason the Suns season went about a month longer than it was expected to last year, as they extended the Lakers to 6 games in the Conference Finals, finishing May 29th.

That cut into an already busy off-season as Nash was in South Africa in June for a week or so of World Cup action; doing video work for CBS Sports.

Later that month he hosted the Showdown in Chinatown; his celebrity soccer game in New York City. In July he was in China for a charity basketball game and in August he announced he was going into business as a partner in a venture capital firm. In September he was in Toronto for the world premiere of his documentary about Terry Fox and left the next day to go to Los Angeles to clean up the shop as part of a promotion for EA Sports, while the Suns training camp opened October 1st.

He's partner in a string of health clubs and an MLS team, the Vancouver Whitecaps. There is no doubt that boredom is unlikely an issue for Nash, who aready has twin girls.

The world is full of busy people trying to balance work and family and travel and new ventures.

And if anyone has shown themselves able to handle all kinds of distractions it's him. The birth of his first son? A divorce? Trade rumours?

None of them seem to affect him at work.

In the first two games since his world changed in immeasurable ways Nash has led the Suns to consecutive wins, including becoming the first team to beat the LA Lakers at home, averaging 24.5 points and 13.5 assists on 65 per cent shooting.

Meanwhile off the court Nash has been keeping up a similar breakneck pace as he expands from basketball star to philanthropist to entrepreneur to artist; proving himself capable of wearing many hats with great style.

Divorced father of three is likely the only one he didn't plan on getting fitted for.

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