Steve Nash: The 24 hours exclusive

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

24 hours: Talk about what people can expect on Saturday night.

#13 Steve Nash: "It's going to be a lot of fun, we're going to hopefully have a great show for the fans, and hopefully everyone will really have a great time and we'll all be doing our part for charity."

24 hours: Talk about some of the players you put together for the game.

#13 Steve Nash: "Ex-Raptors Mike James and Charlie Villanueva... Morris Peterson, who's still a Raptor... Michael Finley, Rashad Lewis, Drew Gooden.... They're all great players and human beings."

24 hours: General Motors Place was the site of your first NBA start in 1996 for the Phoenix Suns against the Grizzlies. You scored 17 points, 12 assists. In 1998, that's where the NBA Draft was and that was when your trade to Dallas was announced... four years ago you played for Canada in the 94-66 win over Yao Ming and China and had 25 points.

#13 Steve Nash: "I remember playing in Vancouver as a rookie and having my best games, it was special obviously to be with my family and friends. It's really sad that there's not a team here anymore. I feel really great that we can bring a game back to Vancouver, a city that deserves the NBA. It's one of the premiere cities in the world and it's a loss for the NBA."

24 hours: Fellow Victorian Nelly Furtado is going to be the emcee on Saturday. You're now in her song "Promiscuous." The lyric goes "is that the truth or are you talking trash/is your game MVP like Steve Nash?"

#13 Steve Nash: "It's a great song, and also to be a worldwide number one hit is phenomenal. So we're all really proud of her and I'm really flattered that she put me in the song."

24 hours: You started the Steve Nash Foundation in 2001 ... Talk about the goals of the foundation.

#13 Steve Nash: "Our precedent is to help underserved children and youth ... It is extremely rewarding and more than pays back the effort and energy and time and money we put into it ... Our theme is children, but in what way we want to help children it hasn't been narrowed down to any specific theme. We like it that way, we'd like to be open so we have the flexibility to help projects that come along that we feel like are a good fit for us."

24 hours: What so far has been the proudest achievement of the foundation?

#13 Steve Nash: "Our proudest moment was helping to furnish a neo-natal, cardiovascular recovery room in a hospital in Paraguay."

24 hours: In B.C. you have an impact on the lives of 10,000 children and youths through the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League.

#13 Steve Nash: "Sports is a great way for kids to educate themselves, I know that I learned a lot about life through sports. It gives kids an outlet for physical fitness, and learning to be team players and also playing a great game."

24 hours: You have twin daughters, Lola and Bella, with your wife Alejandra. How has fatherhood changed you?

#13 Steve Nash: "Life's a lot more fun with my two little girls. Obviously she has a lot of responsibility, which I really enjoy. It's just a shift, but I don't know how much it's changed me as a person."

24 hours: Soccer is a big passion of yours, among many other sports you grew up playing. Did you have a chance to go over to the World Cup?

#13 Steve Nash: "It was really special for me. I saw the semi-finals and the final."

24 hours: What was your reaction to the Zidane head-butt?

#13 Steve Nash: "He made a mistake, I felt like the circumstances were really difficult. His whole career was ending and the World Cup was being decided in the next 10 minutes. He was probably exhausted, being that it was extra time. It's just unfortunate that he lost it for a moment there, but I'm sure it was very difficult for him with so many things culminating in that moment."

24 hours: I have to ask you about your new look, the new hairdo. Tell me what the story is behind that?

#13 Steve Nash: "There is no story. I just put some clippers to it and cut my hair off."

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