j.p sykes wrote:
I am a massive basketball fan, so I also appreciate it Loopy - Nash is a ledge.
As far as international Canadian sporting icons - which are few and far in between perhaps outside of Wayne Gretzky - he's basically the shit. He's also not 6'2. I've got a pic of me standing beside him proving otherwise (I'm 6'1). Not that it matters - 'cause he can dribble circles around me with his eyes closed and his hands bound and still probably find a way to shoot the lights out and rack up game-leading assists.
It actually wasn't our first time meeting. I'd met him a couple of times before when he wasn't as well known and playing at UC Santa Clara and for the Canadian National Team in 1994 at the FIBA World Championships that Toronto hosted. The Canadian team played a couple of exhibition games in Waterloo at the University of Waterloo. They played against a Detlef Schrepf-less Germany and he scored something like 33 points from behind the 3 point line - basically single-handedly winning the game for us as a result. I went up to him after the game to shake his hand and say I appreciated his play. I knew he was going to go places after seeing a performance like that...
Fast forward a week later as my dad and I stood in the tunnel high-fiving the Canadian team as they were running out to the court to play Greece amidst a sea of boos (Toronto has a huge Greek population). Nash came along and I said something like, 'Go get 'em Steve!'. Nash looks at me, says, "Hey man, I remember you from last week! Thanks!" and runs out to the court and lit Croatia up like a Christmas tree. Sadly, Greece won by 3 playing in a stadium holding a largely Greek-supporting fan base. Only in Canada can one of our own teams get booed by another country's fans that live here!
I reiterated that story to him after the DJ gig saying I doubted he'd recall us having met after all of the people he'd encountered over the years. He laughed and said he did because I was the only fan who had come up to him after the game in Waterloo to congratulate him.
That's basically the best story I have to tell.
KLANG times 3.