Nash asked to sing a Canadian song

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

HOUSTON -- Barry Bonds and Kobe Bryant may be on to something.

Journalists, at least those who cover sporting events, may be the dumbest, most clueless human beings on the face of the Earth.

You think Wayne Gretzky's farewell media conference last week in Toronto was an embarrassment?

That dog and pony show was, at least, newsworthy, to some extent. There was a common theme, people wanting to know about The Great One's connection to that so-called gambling ring.

When Canada's other Great One, Steve Nash, the favourite son of Victoria, B.C. and the reigning NBA MVP, arrived at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Houston yesterday for his pre-All Star Game media availability, all stupidity broke loose.

Nash is having another MVP-type season and is positioning himself as a possible future Hall of Famer. You think his presence may have prompted a relevant question or two from the gathered media horde. And while there were a few of those sprinkled into the mix, the interview was dominated by a group of so-called TV journalists who continually asked the most inane questions imaginable.

"Hi Steve. What kind of women do you like?" one female "journalist" wanted to know.

"Uh, I love my wife," an embarrassed Nash replied.

"A lot of women, married, I am one of them (love you). How do you deal with it?" she continued.

Remember. This was a journalist, accredited by the NBA. At least she wasn't dressed up like a groupie, as a number of other "reporters" here are.

Another TV guy asked Nash: "Could you sing a song from Canada for us?"

"It's not in my contract," Nash replied, attempting to be a sport.

And then one Canadian journalist, and we use that term lightly, asked Nash if he could be his campaign manager when the voting for next year's all-star game gets underway. He then gave Nash a button.

"What's the stupidest question you've been asked today?" another Canadian TV person asked.

Nash mentioned the woman who asked him what kind of women he liked.

"Would you suggest I not go ask Kobe Bryant what kind of girls he likes?" the talking head continued.

And on and on.

The NBA allows fringe journalists, from the most marginal of publications, to cover this event under the guise that the all-star game is a celebration of basketball. It's more like a lobotomy.

Surprisingly, it took a former NBA great to make some sense out of Nash's presence yesterday.

During a press conference to announce the 16 finalists for the NBA Hall of Fame, which includes Raptors assistant coach Gene Keady, Barkley, who is eligible to be voted into the Hall this year, spoke out on in his support of the modest Canadian.

"What he did last year for the Phoenix Suns was pretty incredible," Sir Charles said. "But what he's done this year is even better. There's not a person who thought the Suns would be winning their division. He lost (Amare) Stoudemire, but he also lost Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson. And the guys Phoenix is plugging into the lineup, we didn't even know they were alive last year."

He was pressed for some more MVP candidates.

"Nobody. Nobody ... Elton Brand, maybe," Barkley said. "Chauncey Billups is having a fantastic season, I love Chauncey. But my question to you would be, if the Pistons lost Chauncey Billups, would they still be the best in the East. I think they would be."

Barkley does not believe the Suns would be anywhere near as good without Nash.

"I signed Charles as my agent about a year ago," Nash said.

"He's just doing his job."

At least somebody here is.


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