People might try to tell you that “Captain Canada” is Steve Nash’s nickname, but it’s not on his Wikipedia or Basketball Reference page, so that can’t be true. Besides that, it’s not a very good nickname. And as far as I can tell, pretty much everyone always calls him “Steve Nash” (both names) most of the time anyways. Ergo, 38-year-old Steve Nash could use a nickname.
Luckily, Kobe Bryant has the hookup, holler if you hear him. From the Los Angeles Times:
“I’m not working too hard, to be honest with you. The shots that I made were all jumpers. It doesn’t take much energy to knock those jumpers down,” he said. “Bringing the ball up and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I will when Gatsby gets back.
“When Gatsby gets back, I don’t have to do that. The game’s going to become even more easy for me.”
While I don’t think “Gatsby” will stick at all, that is a solid nickname for Steve Nash. Just look at him — side part, three-piece suits,
constructed persona created to attract one very specific woman is white — it fits. For as long as Steve Nash is on the sidelines dressing all fancy, I’m very OK with this. Especially if someone can convince him to start wearing a driver’s cap.
At the very least, this is way better than any other nickname Kobe has ever come up with. Sure, topping “Black Mamba” and “Mini Mamba” isn’t much to brag about, but at least he’s added a new skill in his old age, though I do worry this is just an excuse to start calling Pau Gasol “Daisy.” Only time will tell.