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    • When Santa Clara Broncos head coach Dick Davey offered Steve Nash a full scholarship to the university, he had one stipulation. The coach told Steve he had to focus on becoming a complete player. The reason behind this condition was Davey claimed that Steve was flat-out the worst defender he had seen.

    • Steve Nash won three chess titles while he was in elementary school.

    • When he was young, Steve was a passionate fan of professional wrestling. His favorite wrestler when he was a kid was Hulk Hogan.

    • In the 2004-2004 season, Nash averaged 11.5 assists per game playing with the Phoenix Suns. This average is his second-highest for regular seasons.

    • Being drafted in the 1st round, Steve Nash became one of only three players from Santa Clara to have been chosen in the first round of the NBA draft.

    • In 2000, Steve Nash handed the Canadian team's coach Gus Triano $25,000 before the Olympics and asked the coach to distribute the money equally among his teammates to help cover travel expenses they might incur.

    • While playing for the Broncos in Santa Clara, Steve Nash shared the point guard position with his roommate, Dwight Randall "Randy" Winn, who is currently an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants.

    • During the All-Star Weekend in 2005, Steve Nash won the Skills Challenge - a contest that has two timed rounds, in which players complete an obstacle course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations.

    • One of Steve Nash's many interests is filmmaking. He has written and produced a short video ad for Nike. The commercial, dubbed "Training Day", is 81 seconds long. In the video, Steve dribbles a football (soccer), shoots some hoops, skateboards and plays tennis.

    • During the 1994-95 season of his college basketball days, Steve Nash became the fourth player in West Coast Conference (WCC) history to lead the league both in scoring and in assists in the same season - an achievement first attained by former NBA point guard John Stockton.

    • The first triple-double Steve Nash recorded in his career was in November 2003 during a game against the Portland Trailblazers. He scored 14 points, made 12 assists and had 10 rebounds.

    • Steve Nash has a picture of himself with one of his basketball heroes, Magic Johnson. Johnson, a Hall of Famer, signed the picture and wrote this: "Good luck from Big Magic to Little Magic."

    • Steve Nash and his wife Alejandra named Dirk Nowitzki as godfather to their twin daughters, Lola and Bella.

    • Steve Nash suffers from a medical condition, in which one of the vertebrae in the spine moves or slips forward in relation to the one below it. The condition he has is called spondylolisthesis and it can cause muscle tightness and back pain. To keep his muscles from becoming stiff during games or practices, Steve lies in a supine position when he is taking a break.

    • For Team Canada, Steve Nash wears the number 7. He would have chosen 13, but it was not available so he picked 7.

    • As a senior at Santa Clara, Steve Nash shared an apartment with four friends. They called their pad the "Fireplace."

    • Steve Nash set a dubious mark in February 1997, when he fouled out against the Portland Trailblazers in six minutes of play. In his short appearance, he registered no points, rebounds or assists. He became the 12th NBA player to be disqualified in six minutes or less.

    • Steve went to Saint Michael High School in Victoria, Canada.

    • Steve was on the Canadian Olympic Team in 2000.

    • Steve was signed by the Suns to six-year, $66 million contract on July 14, 2004.

    • In 2005, Steve was a recipient for "Best Dressed" in GQ magazine.

    • On Saturday, July 22, 2006, Nash hosted his second annual charity basketball game known as the Steve Nash Charity Classic, at the General Motors Place in Vancouver.

    • In Nelly Furtado's 2006 single "Promiscuous," she asks, "Is that the truth or are you talkin' trash, Is your game MVP like Steve Nash?"

    • Steve suffers from a medical condition called spondylolisthesis, a forward movement of one of the vertebrae in the spine in relation to the one below it, causing muscle tightness and back pain.

    • Steve has been named captain of the "All-NBA Interview Team" numerous times.

    • Steve paid for a new pediatric cardiology ward in a Paraguayan hospital.

    • In May of 2006, Steve was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    • Nash's interest in politics led to controversy during the lead up to the Iraq War when he chose to wear a custom-made t-shirt that stated "No war. Shoot for peace" to the 2003 NBA All-Star Game.

    • Steve was the 15th overall pick in the 1996 Draft Pick which he was chosen by the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve scored 1489 points in the 2005-2006 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve scored 1165 points in the 2004-2005 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve scored 1128 points in the 2003-2004 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 1455 points in the 2002-2003 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 1466 points in the 2001-2002 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 1466 points in the 2001-2002 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 1092 points in the 2000-2001 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 481 points in the 1999-2000 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 315 points in the 1998-1999 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve scored 691 points in the 1997-1998 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve scored 213 points in the 1996-1997 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve averaged 18.8 points per game in the 2005-2006 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve averaged 15.5 points per game in the 2004-2005 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve averaged 14.5 points per game in the 2003-2004 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 17.7 points per game in the 2002-2003 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 17.9 points per game in the 2001-2002 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 15.6 points per game in the 2000-2001 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 8.6 points per game in the 1999-2000 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 7.9 points per game in the 1998-1999 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Steve averaged 9.1 points per game in the 1997-1998 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve averaged 3.3 points per game in the 1996-1997 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Turnovers Per 48 Minutes, 4.74 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Turnovers Per 48 Minutes, 4.74 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #7 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking Per 48 Minutes, 32.76 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #10 in the NBA in Total Efficiency Points, 1908 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Assists, 826 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Assists Per 48 Minutes, 14.2 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Free-Throw Percentage, 0.921 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #16 in the NBA in Field-Goal Percentage, 0.512 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #3 in the NBA in Turnovers Per Game, 3.49 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #12 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking, 24.15 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #2 in the NBA in Total Turnovers, 276.0 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #10 in the NBA in Assists Per Turnover, 2.99 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #16 in the NBA in Three-Point Field Goals Made, 150 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #6 in the NBA in Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage, 0.439 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve ranked #1 in the NBA in Assists Per Game, 10.5 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Steve Nash became the second point guard and eighth player to win back to back MVP awards.

    • Steve scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive playoff games on May 11 – 28, 2005, the most by a Suns player in the postseason since Charles Barkley did it 12 times in a row from June 5, 1993 – May 11, 1994.

    • Steve scored career-high 48 points in Game 4 of conference semifinals at Dallas on May 15, the second-highest point total in Suns playoff history and followed that effort up with the fifth career triple-double in Phoenix postseason history, his first in the playoffs, with 34 points, career playoff-high 13 rebounds and 12 assists in Game 5 vs. Dallas on May 18.

    • Steve joined Wilt Chamberliain and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 40-plus points in one playoff game and then collect a triple double in the next game.

    • Steve was a First Team All-NBA selection for the first time in his career, and was first Suns player to appear on the first team since Jason Kidd.

    • Steve became only the second player in franchise history to receive the NBA's top individual honor and joined Hakeem Olajuwon as the only international players to win the award.

    • Steve joined Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Allen Iverson as the only guards in league history to be named NBA's Most Valuable Player.

    • Steve averaged 21.3 points and 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds as a senior at St. Michaels University High in Victoria, British Columbia.

    • Steve was named Canada Games honorary chairperson.

    • Steve is the subject of the book Long Shot: Steve Nash's "Journey to the NBA" by Jeff Rudd.

    • Steve played hockey, lacrosse and soccer while he was growing up.

    • Steve created the Recycle with Steve Nash Program for the Mavericks' four adopt-a-schools.

    • Steve is the sponsor of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League in British Columbia that has grown to over 10,000 participants.

    • Steve attended the premiere of the movie Wedding Crashers in July 2005 and met actor Owen Wilson in New York.

    • Steve recently partnered with Canadian-based computer manufacturer MDG Computers, Inc. and will appear in various TV, radio and print advertisements.

    • Steve founded The Steve Nash Foundation in 2001 to aid underpriviledged children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.

    • Steve hosted the first Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic basketball game in Toronto in July 2005.

    • Steve was named to the new Athlete Advisory Board of the Olympic Spirit Toronto, which has the world's first and only Olympic Discovery Center in August 2005.

    • Steve and Alejandra have twin daughters Lola and Bella.

    • Steve married his girlfriend, Alejandra Amarilla in June 2005.

    • Steve played a career-high 55 minutes against New York on January 2, 2005.

    • Steve posted a career-high 16 free throws attempted against Portland on December 11, 2001.

    • Steve posted a career-high 13 free throws made against Portland on December 11, 2001.

    • Steve posted a career-high 13 three pointers attempted against New York on January 2, 2006.

    • Steve posted a career-high 7 three pointers made against Indiana on November 30, 2005.

    • Steve posted a career-high 25 field goals attempted 3 times.

    • Steve posted a career-high 13 field goals made 2 times.

    • Steve made a career-high 22 assists against The New York Knicks on January 2, 2006.

    • Steve made a career-high 39 points against The Portland Trailblazers on December 11, 2001.

    • Steve: (Marion) is playing unbelievably well. He scores, he rebounds, he blocks shots and also does a great job defensively for us. He's amazing. He fills all the gaps for us.

    • Steve was named NBA MVP for the 2004-2005 season.

    • Steve is a four-time NBA All-Star, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006.

    • The Suns offered Steve a $63 million contract to come back from Dallas.

    • On June 25, 1998, Nash was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Dallas Mavericks.

    • In Steve's first 2 seasons, he had teammates such as Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson with him.

    • The Phoenix Suns drafted Steve Nash in 1996.

    • Steve was the first freshman named MVP of a WCC tournament.

    • In Steve's freshman year at Santa Clara University, Steve led the Broncos to a NCAA Tournament berth.

    • In Steve's senior season at high school basketball, he led his team to the BC AAA provincal championship title, and Nash was named player of the year.

    • In Steve's senior season at highschool basketball, he led his team to the BC AAA provincal championship title, and Nash was named player of the year.

    • Steve and Martin Nash played for the St. Michael's University School basketball team.

    • Steve became close friends with Dirk Nowitzki came to the NBA from Germany, as they both like soccer.

    • Nash thought about basketball, but still played soccer throughout high school.

    • Steve's sister, Joann, was the captain of the University of Victoria Soccer team for 3 years.

    • Steve's brother, Martin Nash, has made 30 appearances for the Canadian national soccer team.

    • Steve was born in South Africa because of his father's soccer career, but they soon went back to Canada.

    • Steve went to Santa Clara for college.

    • Steve weighs 195 lbs.

    • Steve's height is 6'3".

    • In Steve Nash's entire NBA career, his jersey number has always been 13.

    • Steve plays as a point guard for the Phoenix Suns.

  • Quotes

    • Steve Nash: My approach has been that a player with determination and a willingness to work harder than anyone else can accomplish anything. It's a simple formula. I've found it works.

    • Steve: My goal is to eliminate positions where I can't function.

    • Steve: (on the times when he can't believe he's gotten to where he is) Not so much now in the games, but every once in a while, more and more rarely, but every once in while, I will realize how far I have come and that will be enough to shake my head at what is my reality nowadays, as opposed to dreaming of this reality as a kid and it seeming so far away.

    • Steve: All my favorite memories as a kid playing basketball were just playing with my friends, playing one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three with my school friends that were on my team. They were my best friends. We played everyday. Those are my favorite memories.

    • Steve: You have good games, you have bad games. You have good years, you have bad years. I have always been kind of philosophical about that.

    • Steve: I love being part of a team, any team. Not just playing, but the camaraderie, the whole thing. It's just what I get off on.

    • Steve: (what the basketball court meant to him growing up) It was my outlet, to challenge myself and to be creative.

    • Steve Nash: (on his biggest obstacle) I am not really sure what my biggest obstacle was. I guess just the numbers. You have to separate yourself from thousands and thousands of people throughout the world playing basketball. I guess I did it by working harder than other people and believing in myself.

    • Steve: (on his first basketball) I started playing basketball when I was 12 or 13. So I must have been 13 when I got my first ball. It felt good. It felt like a new friend.

    • Steve Nash: (when asked to what lengths he would go to play basketball) I don't know what kind of lengths, but I definitely would find a way to shoot everyday. No matter what, I would find a way.

    • Steve Nash: I have a tendency, especially when I'm playing with great players, to try and get them the ball.

    • Steve: My closest friends in the league are Dirk Nowitzki and Rex Chapman. Although I think Michael Finley and I will be friends forever.

    • Steve Nash: Let's face it, I weigh 175 pounds. Nobody could have predicted this with a guy like me.

    • Steve: It's about not looking for outcomes, but just enjoying the process. That's when you become in the moment.

    • Steve: (on his game) I feel very comfortable going at full speed.

    • Steve Nash: For the most part I try to just stay focused, not on my play, but on our team.

    • Steve: I met her once - with my wife - when she performed at the game. That's the only time we ever met.

      - Steve denies the rumour he and singer Nelly Furtado are an item after she sings about him in her new song, Promiscuous.

    • Steve: I am not too accusatorial or defensive by nature. I have always been kind of philosophical about it, remembering that it is just a game. People take these things too seriously.

    • Steve: It's fun to watch him. His speed is unbelievable and when he gets opportunities to use it, it's such a weapon for us.

    • Steve: I just try to win as many games as we can, be as prepared as I can every night, be a good teammate, try to be the best player I can be with this group, and then all that other stuff is secondary.

    • Steve: To come home and play is a very special night on the schedule. I'm sad that it only happens once a year.

    • Steve: I just love watching him when I'm not in the game with him. I'm like a fan. His speed is unbelievable when he gets to the opportunity to use it. He's such a weapon for us.

    • Steve: You've got your buddies, you've got the media requests, you've got all the business and charitable requests. To kind of manage all those things in 24 hours or less. it is difficult, but it's great. I feel lucky I get to go up there and play and see everybody.

    • Steve: I live and die the whole game with each play, and he looks like, 'We're fine, Steve will win it in the end'.

    • Steve: We are not a very good team without the running game. After losing the last two games, we did not want to err on the side of caution. We were determined to come out here tonight and run.

    • Steve: I've always been a reluctant scorer. It's not the strangest thing in the world for me, but obviously, when you're getting 20 a game, it hurts your team.

    • Steve: I take full responsibility for hurting us. I give full responsibility to Jason for his defense.

    • Steve: Him at 75, 80 percent is still pretty good and pretty difficult to stop.

    • Steve: For somebody not to be 100 percent and be as effective as he was is a tribute to his talent. He's a dominant presence, even when he's not at his best physically.

    • Steve: For somebody to not be 100 percent and be as effective as he is a tribute to his talent.

    • Steve: I think offensively most nights we will be fine, but I thought in the second half we played much better defensively. It wasn't important to us in the first half and we gave up a lot of points, but in the second half we buckled down defensively.

    • Steve: It's very uncharacteristic for us to play that poorly. It's very frustrating, and I think it's a good wake-up call. Hopefully, we can pick it up a few gears and really prepare ourselves for the playoffs.

    • Steve: I think we can play with this team. It's not like we don't think we can beat them.

    • Steve: We have the ability to play at a high level, but tonight it just wasn't there. We missed little things like hustle plays and calls here and there. We just do a tiny bit better with each one of those and they add up to six more points.

    • Steve: Things aren't going to go well every night. But if you have the right attitude and you're active and you play with a lot of heart and play together, you make up for a lot.

    • Steve: Boris is a terrific passer. I pass to him and he passes to the shooter and it's a good combination. I like it.

    • Steve: We weren't really sharp tonight, but I thought we were tough enough to get through it and to put in a winning performance.

    • Steve: We all knew this was a big game for us and in many ways it would be tough not to say this clinches the division. We had that frame of mind going into the game and we played like that the whole game, from start to finish.

    • Steve: We feel really lucky to get a guy like (Thomas) who can play and a guy who fits our system pretty well. We are still trying to incorporate him. It's a little difficult for him to feel really comfortable, but he's a nice compliment to our team.

    • Steve: In the second half we really fought for it but it came down to the fact that we really couldn't stop them tonight.

    • Steve: It's a good thing to be able to do things with your son. It gives you a chance to work side by side with them and build something.

    • Steve: What concerns me is the shooting percentages. Everybody's eyes light up when they see us. We've been less than focused.

    • Steve: It's got to be up there. There's a bunch of other guys who aren't here that are having terrific careers, played in All-Star games, gotten max contracts. It's a very deep and talented class.

    • Steve: I was lucky. I felt great. I felt pretty confident before the game, but there was definitely still some uncertainty. As the game went on, I definitely gained confidence and didn't feel any problem with it.

    • Steve: I think it's day to day.

    • Steve: I don't think it's horrible.

    • Steve: He has a great demeanor, a great personality. He's bright. He's creative. He's competitive. He holds us accountable. He's fair and he makes it fun for us. He deserves all the praise that he's getting and more.

    • Steve: Avery has got them really defensive-minded and really controlled offensively and defensively. They're programmed to be really responsible.

    • Steve: Shawn has been playing awesome right now. It was disappointing that the ball didn't bounce his way and he didn't get that record. But nonetheless it has been an incredible stretch of games and it has been awesome just watching him play and to play with him.

    • Steve: It was one of those nights we just weren't playing our best. They were making an unbelievable amount of shots and they were geared up. We have a bit of a target on us and people are going to come after us. We were able to shut them down at the end.

    • Steve: The addition of Tim Thomas was pretty seamless. I am amazed that the guy can come after not playing for so long and not even practicing with us and score 20 points.

    • Steve: He fits our style of play perfectly. He's a versatile, athletic guy who has a terrific skill level. He can handle the ball, pass, shoot - he's a terrific three-point shooter. And I think his length will really help us defensively.

    • Steve: It's very difficult for (the Rockets) to adjust to our style of play. We try not to let them get the ball inside to Yao. Yao is a huge disadvantage for us, but we also tend to wear him down with our style of play. It's a big adjustment for (the Rockets).

    • Steve: He's going to get better and better as he understands the offense and what we're trying to do. I'm amazed that the guy can come in after not playing for so long and not even practice with us and get 20 points.

    • Steve: I just stepped on someone's foot and it just rolled over.

    • Steve: It would be nice to score 130 points every night. We have to find a way to make up for his (Thomas) absence with other activity.

    • Steve: I think they lost to Sweden in Salt Lake City and came back to win. They have a really strong group mentally. They'll be fine.

    • Steve: He didn't do anything wrong. I don't know why everyone's making a big deal out of it.

    • Steve: He deserves all the credit in the world. He does an incredible job of putting us in the right position to succeed, and I think a lot of times it looks like we're out there just playing so people maybe don't necessarily give him the credit. But it's very calculated.

    • Steve: I can't explain that. I'm not disappointed. I'm really just a little embarrassed.

    • Steve: We were pretty good for the most part. We got some really good looks, and we knocked them down.

    • Steve: I feel like the Seattle Seahawks. It's remarkable. There's like five games this year where we've not gotten a call in the last 30 seconds. After awhile, you realize you don't get those games back, and it's tough to take.

    • Steve: We fought through any fatigue. Then, we knocked our shots down.

    • Steve: It's always a tough place to play. It's great to get the rest. The rest probably pays off down the road. If anything, it probably hurts you (tonight).

    • Steve: He's pretty, on the outside, cool. I think that counts for a lot, even if inside it's not as much. It's important to give the impression for you and the opposition. He does a terrific job of being pretty poker-faced.

    • Steve: For stretches, he's already back there. He's a tough kid. I'm telling you, he's going to improve.

    • Steve: It's pretty common for us to give up big leads. But I'm just looking at the big picture, which is we got another win.

    • Steve: It's nice to feel good at 32. I don't feel old. I don't feel like this is getting harder. I feel like this is getting easier, if anything.

    • Steve: I feel younger almost every year. I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like the season gets easier for me the last two years.

    • Steve: We're looking at how other counties are doing it. We need to all work together in this county to make it work.

    • Steve: Being up by 20 after three periods is better than being up by 20 at halftime. After halftime, it gives them more time to get back into it. Being up by 20 after three periods demoralizes them.

    • Steve: In the third quarter, we did a great job of moving the ball and getting good looks, and at the same time, we were really active defensively.

    • Steve: He's been good all year, but particularly tonight. He's playing with guys who are unselfish and move the ball, so he's able to highlight what he can do.

    • Steve: For many reasons we missed Raja tonight. But we were up 17 in the third, so you can't make too many excuses. We didn't play well. We had the game in our control, we gave it up, and we couldn't get it back.

    • Steve: Any way you slice it, we very easily gave up a 17-point lead. It was disappointing. We went cold. We probably didn't get enough penetration or ball movement.

    • Steve: It's just a better percentage than giving it to Shaq.

    • Steve: I don't think you can blame it on anything but a lack of intensity. We were pretty passive to start the game and never got going.

    • Steve: I don't think we can blame it on anything but lack of intensity. I thought we were pretty passive to start the game and never got any sort of determination going against a team that has been playing well.

    • Steve: It's not fun to have a poor game and lose, but getting a win when others are playing well is great for me. Eddie's been on a real roll and it was great to have more options on the bench tonight.

    • Steve: It was a tough game for us, considering that it was our fourth game in five nights. We scrapped, but we just struggled offensively and couldn't make any shots. We missed a lot of shots that we can make, but they also played well.

    • Steve: He was obviously unbelievable. He just got in rhythm. I don't think it mattered what kind of look he got, he was just making shots.

    • Steve: We played pretty well tonight. They made some phenomenal shots in the fourth quarter. At some point, you've just got to congratulate them.

    • Steve: We showed a lot of toughness to come back from last night's game. We showed a lot of determination to not let that game carry over in tonight's game.

    • Steve: We try to take what they give us. A lot of times when we get in the paint they are going to leave our 3-point shooters alone. We have confidence that over the course of the game and the season we're going to win most of those.

    • Steve: We try to take what they give us. A lot of times when we get the ball in the paint, they're going to leave our 3-point shooters open. We're confident with anyone taking a shot in their comfort zone and we feel like we can create shots for one another.

    • Steve: We showed a lot of toughness and determination to come back from last night and not allow that to carry over.

    • Steve: The great thing about (Bell) is he doesn't pride himself solely on scoring. He's a team player who comes and plays hard every night, no matter if he's getting the looks or not.

    • Steve: We share the ball. We play the game in a way that allows everyone to be at their best. We're fairly unpredictable in a predictable sort of way.

    • Steve: Raja and Kurt are always there for us, physically and mentally. They always make it difficult for the other team and always give us a chance to win.

    • Steve: We're not going to win too many games last year with our defense. We certainly won with our defense tonight. It's great. It gives you a new source of pride.

    • Steve: Well, you only get an assist if your teammates make the shots. My teammates made a lot of shots, and they deserve part of that record.

    • Steve: It was just one of those freaky quarters. We got hot and kind of got on a roll. We were unconscious. We didn't realize we were on such a roll. You're kind of in the moment and things are going well like that, and that's when the game's at its most fun.

    • Steve: We had the game won and all of a sudden they shoot two free throws. You foul out your whole team and you're fighting on fumes after a nine-day road trip. For us to just hang around at that point was outstanding. For them to just be shooting free throws out of thin air, that killed us.

    • Steve: We had the game won and then all of a sudden they shot two free throws. When you foul out your whole team and you have the rest of the guys running on fumes after a nine-day road trip, for us just to hang around at that point is outstanding.

    • Steve: A lot of guys shot the ball well, and I thought we played extremely hard defensively even though they made a lot of shots. It was a pretty solid performance.

    • Steve: You hear about poor Houston and poor Denver and poor this team and that, but we lose one of the top five players in the game and a weapon like (Barbosa) and it's like an afterthought. Yeah, we should be even better, but we know we're going to get better, and that's a good feeling.

    • Steve: You can't expect the world. I'm sure a lot of people felt we'd be 10-15 instead of 15-10, but if you ask me we should be 17-8 or 18-7. We lost some very winnable home games, or we're right with San Antonio and Dallas. I'm pretty happy with where we are.

    • Steve: A lot of teams in that situation wouldn't fight through it.

    • Steve: All these teams are really dangerous. They've all beaten good teams this year. Somewhere along the line, one of them is going to be waiting for us. We're going to have to try to play extremely well to get just Charlotte, let alone all three.

    • Steve: This is a chance to get a little bit of separation if we play well. We blew one in Denver but tonight was a good one and we've got a few coming up here.

    • Steve: You have to look at the personnel and realize maybe it's not a great fit. If it is going to be a fit, it takes time. Guys have been playing a certain style for a long time. To come to our team and expect them to run their butts off every single play is breaking a lot of habits.

    • Steve: If my career has somehow inspired or gained interest in kids across the country, that would be unbelievable to have that sort of impact.

    • Steve: I thought he really was great at being in the paint, knowing when to finish, when to pump fake, when to pass. He made the right decisions. It's really difficult to guard him when he makes those decisions.

    • Steve: They will definitely enjoy it, no doubt about it, especially those who have never been. It will be great from a personal standpoint, but it will also benefit the group. Coach will also be able to help us, too, and pass on his experiences from the time he spent in Italy. So all in all, it will be great, the players will be able to absorb the culture and it will bring them together.

    • Steve: We had no rhythm, momentum or confidence. We gained an attitude and belief.

    • Steve: We played pretty well tonight. They made some phenomenal shots in the fourth quarter. At some point, you've just got to congratulate them.

    • Steve: Anytime people step up at the end of games to close teams out, that's the sign of a good team. We had a couple of guys who made some big plays and made us a winner tonight.

    • Steve: We maybe learned a little bit from the first game, where we had them beat and couldn't withstand the flurry at the end.

    • Steve: They played better than us at key times. I think we just made mistakes.

    • Steve: [Turnovers] really cost us. It was just carelessness. A bunch of them were plays we normally complete and the ball just went through guys? hands or whatever.

    • Steve: Tim really puts a ton of pressure on our defense.

    • Steve: They were great to me. I appreciate that.

    • Steve: I thought we had a really good camp.

    • Steve: They had great facilities, and the people have been very hospitable. It's been a blast.

    • Steve: It's not real hard to play with Kurt.

    • Steve: It's out of our control, so we've got to go out and make the most of what we have and not worry about the piece we're missing. We'll try to build our team and hopefully be a better team when he returns.

    • Steve: We want the best for him. We want him to be as healthy and happy as soon as possible. But it's out of our control. With a veteran group, you realize that more than doom and gloom.

    • Steve: It's huge for the franchise. He's the cornerstone of this franchise.

    • Steve: We're going to go on for the moment without him and prepare for the worst but obviously he's a huge part of the team.

    • Steve: A lot of people can relate to me because I'm normal size and came from humble beginnings. It's probably easier to (relate) to than some guy 6 foot 7 who can jump out of the gym.

    • Steve: They were great to me, and I appreciate that. Hopefully, the Wildcat fans can stick behind us.

    • Steve: Bruce Bowen switched out on me. I didn't have much room.

    • Steve: I was bummed, but I'm happy for him. I told him, 'I just want you to go where you're happy. Obviously, I want you to be here.' I thought he was pretty close to coming.

    • Steve: Obviously, I'm going to miss Joe a lot. He wanted to try something else. What can you say? You wish him the best.

    • Steve: I talked to him before that, too, and his heart wasn't into coming back.

    • Steve: I'm very excited about that. He's a great player, a great teammate and a great guy.

    • Steve: We got a lot of great character guys and some great players that bring a lot of experience and toughness. Those things go a long way. If you're going to lose Joe Johnson, you can only make so much happen. We did about as well as we could do, minus the Finley deal. We're ready to make it work. I'm really excited. I'm happy with the moves we made.

    • Steve: Besides P.E., geography was my best class in high school. I was in this gifted class when I was younger, and it was wicked.

    • Steve: We play a different style than other teams. It's effective, but different. We run the floor, block shots and create turnovers.

    • Steve: I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and faced my adversity and my nay-sayers, but managed to do all right. It is a pretty classic tale.

    • Steve: The playoffs are the playoffs. You just play who is put in front of you.

    • Steve: I really don't care about the response to my hair... this is just how my hair is. I don't take care of it, or comb it, or put anything in it, or style it or anything. When people comment on it, it is funny to me that it draws such attention. It makes me realize how insignificant that sort of thing is.

    • Steve: The crowd gives us so much energy and we are able to really feed off of it. Hitting those shots and having the crowd go crazy helps boost our confidence. We love our fans.

    • Steve: I used to collect hockey cards. It was like Vegas at my school. You'd go to school with your box of cards, and at recess and lunchtime there were all these games we'd play.

    • Steve: It's important for us, if we're going to be a good team, to be a good defensive team in the fourth quarter.

    • Steve: My best move is probably my pull up jump shot.

    • Steve: The fans in Dallas were hard on me my first year, but after having a great year last year they are now supporting me. It feels great to have my hard work pay off, especially when the fans made it hard for me.

    • Steve: We've been playing ugly. Without all of our bodies, we've been kicking it all over the shop, but fortunately we've been able to make the big buckets and rely on our defense for once.

    • Steve: We've got very few bodies right now so we were tired, but we've also got a lot of character and we want to win.

    • Steve: Our centers spread the floor, shoot the three and block shots. We can play pick and pop.

    • Steve: That's the key to our team. We have so many weapons. You can just pick your poison.

    • Steve: Basketball isn't as popular in Canada as it is in the US. Hockey is by far the most popular sport in Canada.

    • Steve: Growing up in a soccer family I learned some good moves, but I spend a lot of time in practice working on my shots-from free throws to off-balance shots. The only way a shooter can perfect their shots is through constant practice.

    • Steve: We were excited to win, staying undefeated is just the icing.

    • Steve: I am thrilled to be an Olympian, and I think that although we will be underdogs we can beat many teams and will be a surprise in Sydney.

    • Steve: The toughest opponents to defend are Iverson, Marbury and Payton. They are all very talented and can shoot at anytime from anywhere.

    • Steve: I lick my fingers because I don't like when my hands get slick. Licking my fingers helps me keep a good grip on the ball.

    • Steve: When I was in my last year in high school, I decided I wanted to try to make it in the NBA. So I went to college and figured out I could do it. Once I figured out I could play in the NBA, I also figured I could be an All-Star. I knew I could do it.

    • Steve: We love playing together and we love adversity. You know, back-to-back, the two best teams in the East.

    • Steve: My ideal day would be to get a good work out in, listen to music, talk to my family and friends on the phone, read and go to a good movie.

    • Steve: I love playing in Vancouver and Toronto. They are beautiful cities, and I know lots of people in both places. I also love The Garden in New York, and I love going to Miami.

    • Steve: Anytime you play a finalist it's going to be a challenge.

    • Steve: I have to say I've worked very few days of my life. I used to have to cut the lawn, and when I was in junior high school, I worked at a concession stand at a stadium.

    • Steve: What happened in the past is just that, the past. Champion or not.

    • Steve: People have always doubted whether I was good enough to play this game at this level. I thought I was, and I thought I could be. What other people thought was really always irrelevant to me.

    • Steve: I learned at a young age to dribble with both hands, and that allows me to be more creative when I go against bigger and stronger opponents.

    • Steve: I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.

    • Steve: You should be able to voice your opinion and respect the voice of the other side. You should be willing to educate yourself and know what it is you're dealing with.

    • Steve: My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball.

    • Steve: The NBA has the best point guards in the world, so it is important that I come ready to play every night.

    • Steve: I think it's important that people stand up for what they believe in. It's important that people discuss things.

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