Nash has a Band-Aid solution

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:36 AM ET

I have always loved Steve Nash, but now I love him even more.

There has always been something super cool about this scrawny little guy from Victoria who defied the odds and earned a spot in the NBA.

What is even cooler is how, since his arrival on the scene, Steve Nash has changed the definition of the most valuable player.

Nash has made "dishing" cool -- made an assist on the scoresheet as much a badge of honour as a dunk or three-pointer.

Now, Nash is bringing the geeks of the world relief as he has now made wearing a Band-Aid across your nose cool. I kid you not; a Band-Aid across your nose is now en vogue in Phoenix.

This all started late in game one of the Suns Western Conference Semifinal series vs. San Antonio Sunday.

Nash collided with Eva Longoria's main squeeze Tony Parker -- and when the pair came up from the hardwood, Nash looked more NHL enforcer than NBA point guard. Bleeding like a prize fighter, there was one nasty gash, on the schnozz of Nash.

Of course this wouldn't keep him down for long, and he was ready to go Tuesday night in Phoenix, albeit with one ugly Band-Aid present and accounted for. Fans embraced the fashion statement and donned home-team bandages in support of their go to guy who had the real deal on his beak.

All kidding aside, Steve Nash is a man who really should be recognized as the rare breed that he is.

Rare is an athlete who deserves the title of role model -- one who never speaks in cliches because he has the smarts to express his thoughts and opinions clearly and concisely -- whether he is calling out his teammates for a lacklustre effort of giving his opinion on something a little more political.

He is an inspiration for so many -- particularly here at home when it comes to young boys with NBA dreams.

Did I mention I love Steve Nash?


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