Steve Nash is moving into a front office job.
Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball program, tweets Eric Koreen of the National Post.
Steve Nash is now the general manager of the Canadian men’s basketball team. Barrett will be assistant GM, and executive vice-president.
This is not unlike when Wayne Gretzky helped take over the Canadian national hockey Olympics program.
Canada has some good young talent coming up through the national team pipeline. Such as Tristan Thompson, the rookie forward with the Cavaliers. At times in the past it has been a challenge to get Canadians like Samuel Dalembert and Joel Anthony to play for the national team, but if Nash asks them it could be different.
The USA is going to remain the dominant power in the region, but there certainly is room for a second strong program to challenge them.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.