Lakers star Steve Nash still hopeful Vancouver might get another crack at NBA

 

Notebook: L.A. point guard doesn't rule out being part of bid to bring basketball back to city

 
 
 
 
Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.
 
 

Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.

Photograph by: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times/MCT

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LOS ANGELES — Steve Nash was a vocal critic of the NBA's decision more than 11 years ago to give up on Vancouver as a market and allow the Grizzlies to move to Memphis.

Time hasn't completely healed that wound.

Nash has always maintained that the NBA didn't give the Vancouver market a fair shot and he remains hopeful that the city might get another chance.

"I think it's a viable market," said the Los Angeles Lakers' new point guard. "It's a challenge for a lot of markets these days. There are a lot of markets that I don't think have the resources that Vancouver does.

"The dollar is a lot stronger now and we have already gone down that road once so I think the lesson is learned and that would definitely benefit the franchise the second time around. It would be great to get a team back."

Nash, who is a part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, wouldn't rule out being part of a bid to bring the NBA back to Vancouver once his playing days are over.

"You never know, I would never say never," he said. "We'll see."

CAPS FAN: Speaking of the Whitecaps, Nash plans to be at Home Depot Center on Thursday night when the team meets the L.A. Galaxy in Vancouver's first ever MLS playoff game.

"Yeah, I hope to be at the game," Nash said. "Considering the team is only in its second year, I think it's a nice accomplishment to be in the playoffs."

HIGH PRAISE: Nash and Kobe Bryant were selected just two spots apart in what was a very deep 1996 NBA draft. Nash went 15th overall to the Phoenix Suns and Bryant went two spots earlier to the Charlotte Hornets, who then traded him to the Lakers.

Bryant, who spoke to the media after Tuesday morning's shootaround, is delighted to have Nash as a teammate.

"He is one of the greatest point guards of all time," Bryant said. "He's the best passing point guard that I have ever seen. He just comes and does what he has been doing his entire career."

Other active NBA players taken in that 1996 draft include Ray Allen and Marcus Camby. The Grizzlies took Shareef Abdur-Rahim third overall in that draft. Abdur-Rahim is now an assistant general manager with the Sacramento Kings.

PEACE BE WITH US: The Lakers have two players with B.C. connections in Nash, a Victoria native, and North Vancouver's Robert Sacre. A third Laker, forward Metta World Peace, seems to have fallen in love with our province.

The former Ron Artest spent considerable time in B.C. this past summer filming a movie and earlier this week couldn't say enough nice things about the area.

"I love it there, it's beautiful," he said. "I visited White Rock beach, I went to Courtenay, Hornby Island. You know how beautiful that place is? I think you all take it totally for granted. That place is unreal and I never knew it was there. It is amazing and I had a good time."

World Peace plays Detective Garlan Fincher in a made-for-TV movie called The Eleventh Victim. The movie is based on a novel by TV personality Nancy Grace. The two met when they appeared together on Dancing With The Stars and Grace lobbied to get World Peace a role in the movie.

While in Vancouver, World Peace played street soccer with some kids in east Vancouver and dropped by the CTV studios to do the local weather. His on-air delivery was like his media interviews —- unpredictable.

In discussing the 13 degree temperature in Port Hardy, World Peace said "Pretty cold, I'm assuming."

He then looked at the map of the rest of the province and added, "It's raining everywhere. It's amazing."

In discussing the provincial capital, he said: "Victoria, she sounds like she's hot, but she's actually cold."

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Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.
 

Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.

Photograph by: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times/MCT

 
Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.
Steve Nash left Phoenix for the Los Angeles Lakers in the hopes of winning an NBA championship, something that has eluded him during his 16 seasons.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (left) shoots as Sacramento Kings point guard Aaron Brooks defends during the first half of a pre-season NBA  game on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in San Diego.
Steve Nash is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the team's training complex on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in El Segundo, California.
Phoenix Suns Steve Nash, 13, here warming up minutes before the game against the. Portland Trailblazers, in pre-season action inside of Vancouver’s GM Place.
NBA superstar Steve Nash works out and practices with Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program players at Brockton Oval in Vancouver, on September 17, 2009. Nash is also part owner of the Whitecaps.
Vancouver-Phoenix Suns NBA rookie Steve Nash in town for a game against the Grizzlies.
News conference with Steve Nash (SHOWN) and Don Harbich, president and CEO of Steve Nash Fitness Organizaton in Vancouver.
Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns after winning the Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, February 13, 2010.
Steve Nash holds a press conference for his Charity Classic coming to GM Place. The Phoenix Suns, two time NBA MVP, announced teammate Raja Bell will be participating.
Local hero and Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash moves up court during NBA action against the Seattle Sonics at GM Place.
Draft prospect Steve Nash moves upcourt during his individual tryout with the Grizzlies.
Local hero and Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash moves up court against Seattle Sonic #8 Luke Ridnour during second half action at GM Place.
Steve Nash carries the torch at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held at BC Place in Vancouver February 12, 2010.
Steve Nash wears Mark Messier jersey during Phoenix Suns practice at GM Place.
Steve Nash stretches before practice with the Canadian basketball team that will play China.
Draft prospect Steve Nash chats with media after his individual tryout with the Grizzlies.
Steve Nash of Victoria and star of the Phoenix Suns before NBA pre-season game against Toronto Raptors Oct. 6, 2010, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Steve Nash #13 of the Western Conference ties his shoe during the 2008 NBA All-Star Game part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 17, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Steve Nash, #13(R) of the Phoenix Suns battles past Toronto Raptor David Anderson, #13(L) in first half action of an NBA Exhibition game at Rogers Arena Wednesday October 6, 2010 in Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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