Ah, the wise one. In this interview with Hardcore Sports Radio, the always eloquent Steve Nash speaks out on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, claiming that people want honesty, but at the same time, they want sheep. It’s true that whenever anything even the least bit confrontational is said by anyone in the public eye, we all ‘oooh’ and ‘aaaah’ because that’s what we’ve been trained to do. That is why “media” outlets like TMZ exist, because we, as a general public, eat up that crap. So, what Nash implies is that players will likely get in to hot water as we saw with the Brandon Jennings incident on Twitter. Nash also gets in to his season last year, and states that he hasn’t dropped off one bit, but the system hurt him. I know Nash takes impeccable care of his body every year, but he must have a tiny bit of extra motivation this offseason to prove those people who said he was over the hill wrong in the fall.
How do you see the future of NBA players utilizing social platforms like Twitter and Facebook?
“The filter is off. That may be a good thing for the fans because they get access to the players, probably, inevitably get more honesty if the players are fingertips away from voicing their opinions or comments. But, it’s a difficult position for the players because people want them, and the media wants them to be honest and open, at the same time, the minute they get an honest, open opinion, they get killed for it. So, it takes a strong person, it takes a person with intelligence and conviction to navigate those waters, and I’m sure we’ll see a whole lot of scenarios play out with the accessibility of digital platforms that exist today.”
How has your role changed as you’ve gotten older?
“It hasn’t changed at all. I still have to score points, get a bunch of assists, and lead my team. Physically, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt; if it wasn’t for the experiment that was the first four months of our season last year, I think my production was the same as always. So, my role’s stayed the same, some expect the same out of me, and there’s a lot of responsibility with that, but that’s the way I want it.”
How do you feel when you’re asked about winning a championship over and over again?
“[...] If I don’t ever win a championship, it’s not gonna ruin my day. I fight for it everyday to be as good a player as I can and help my team be as good as it can, and after that, I think you’re dealing with outcome rather than process. You have to stay rooted in the process I think if you wanna be anywhere near your potential, so I’m much more rooted in those types of goals than I am in championships, or thinking about a championship everyday. So, the question is a question, I know it’s gonna come, but there’s many players who have had great careers who haven’t won championships. I don’t think they should necessarily feel like their career was a failure.”