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Nash Documentary Seeks Final Kickstart


VIDEO: A clip from the “Nash” documentary.

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – With any luck, by spring Steve Nash won’t have to visit a Canadian movie house to remember how good it felt to be healthy, relatively speaking, and playing in pressure-packed postseason basketball games.

“Nash,” the movie, is a documentary film that delves into the two-time MVP’s life on and off the court through rare, behind-the-scenes access. It gives fans a backstage pass into his home and private life that few have entered. It captures the Phoenix Suns’ unexpected March to the 2010 Western Conference finals against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, and all the way through the stunning trade in the summer of 2012 that put Nash in purple-and-gold (in fact, production was halted to re-make the ending after the trade).

“People will see that he’s just the guy next door, just a humble guy and never complacent,” director and producer Michael Hamilton said during a phone interview from his home in Vancouver. “I think, for me, I’ve known Steve, I know his story in and out and followed him along the way. But making this film, that’s one of the biggest things I pulled from the film, that all the stuff that this guy’s accomplished — and I’m not saying he’s done — he’s never complacent.

“He’s got a lot of money, he’s got a great career, etc., but he’s never complacent — he always strives for more. That’s what I hope people will take from this. He’s almost an anomaly for the pro athlete with the kind of things he believes in and how’s a normal guy trying to navigate through pro sports.”

The plan is for the Canadian premiere to be in either Vancouver or Toronto in mid-April, just as the NBA playoffs are set to begin. Hamilton, a longtime acquaintance of Nash, hopes to then deliver the film south of the border to art houses in the NBA’s largest markets, starting in Los Angeles.

And that’s where this project truly gets interesting. Much like Nash’s career, the film will only reach the goal of gaining widespread exposure through a determined grassroots effort. The marketing and distribution of it depends greatly on securing enough “backers” who make financial pledges through the arts-funding website

Hamilton recently launched a campaign to raise $30,000 (Canadian, about $28,000 U.S). The fundraising lasts through Jan. 10 and currently has 44 backers contributing $4,565 (Canadian). As with all campaigns, the final stages of the project will only be funded if the pledge goal is reached. In September 2013, the Nash project started a Kickstart campaign that ultimately met the its goal of raising $110,000 in funding.

A portion of the contributions, Hamilton says, will go to the Steve Nash Foundation.

The film features some of Nash’s closest friends and rivals in the NBA, plus wide-ranging celebrities sharing their unique viewpoint into what makes Nash tick. The list includes pal Dirk Nowitzki, a very candid Bryant, Yao Ming, Tony Parker and international soccer star David Beckham. Others include Snoop Dog, Oscar-winning director and producer Ron Howard, illusionist David Blaine and actor Owen Wilson. Oh, and some kind words from President Obama.

“It’s kind of a funny name,” Wilson says in the film’s trailer. “I’m just saying, Steve Nash — it’s a little bit like an action hero. It’s a cool-sounding name.

“Steve Nash.”

With a little luck, Nash’s unique skills will soon be back on the court. And with a bit more backing, come spring his unique journey will be coming to a big screen near you.

Reports: LeBron, Beckham Discuss Leading New MLS Franchise In Miami

VIDEO: LeBron James flies in for a power jam on the Bobcats

From staff reports

Since joining the Miami Heat in 2010, forward LeBron James has amassed two MVPs, two Finals MVPs, three Eastern Conference championships and two NBA titles, all while cementing his place as perhaps the best-known athlete in both the Miami area and the world today. Now it seems James is looking to further his lore in South Florida by pursuing a Major League Soccer franchise there with another world-renown sporting icon: David Beckham.’s Ethan J. Skolnick reports that James has spoken with Beckham about bringing an MLS franchise to the Miami area. The region had an MLS team in the early days of the league, the Miami Fusion, but that team folded in 2001 after three seasons.

The MLS’ website reported last week that Beckham was in Miami scouting for an area where a team could play, citing a Miami Herald report that Beckham, potential business partner (and billionaire) Marcelo Claure and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez had dinner together to discuss the potential of bringing a team to South Beach.

Skolnick has more on the James-Beckham talks and the possibility of an MLS team in Miami:

“There’s some interest on both sides,” James said. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There’s interest on both sides, but it’s preliminary talks.”

As part of his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham received the option to buy a franchise for $25 million, and he has targeted Miami. Miami, however, already has four major professional teams, and three of them — the Florida Panthers, Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins — aren’t drawing especially well. The Heat are the exception, largely due to James’ presence.

At best, James would be in an owner’s box for a soccer franchise. Small-stake ownership hasn’t proven a boon for the Dolphins, who brought Serena Williams, Jennifer Lopez and others aboard.

Still, James appeared to be sold on the potential of the project.

“I think it could be huge,” James said. “You never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There’s a lot of soccer players, there’s great youth soccer players here and people love the city as well. That definitely would help.”

Last season, when I asked James to name his five favorite athletes in other sports, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona was on his list.

“I’ve grown a great interest in watching the game and learning the guys,” James said. “It’s a pretty intense sport. My kids love it as well. I’ve grown to the point where I know exactly what’s going on when I’m watching the game.”’s Michael Wallace and Marc Stein also confirmed the news of the James-Beckham talks via Twitter:

The bigger question for Heat fans, though, is how this potential dealing for an MLS team in Miami affects James’ future with his NBA team. Speculation has already started to bubble about where James may land next summer, when he can enter free agency. Skolnick addresses those concerns as well:

This interest in a major Miami project might curtail some of the growing speculation that James will explore free agency this summer, when he can opt out of his Heat contract. At the very least, this endeavor suggests that he’s acclimating to South Florida.

James, according to sources close to him, has explored commercial real estate opportunities over the past year, and his wife Savannah recently opened The Juice Spot, an organic juice and smoothie shop, in the trendy Brickell area of Miami.

Maybe they’ll open a soccer shop next door.

Lavish Opening Ceremonies Officially Kicks Off Games For U.S. Men’s Team

LONDON – Russell Westbrook was fighting the urge to surrender himself completely to the moment Friday afternoon.

Sure, Olympic competition in some sports had already begun, but not for the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team. The opening ceremonies had yet to begin and Westbrook, experiencing the Summer Games for the first time, didn’t want to false start.

“Maybe later tonight, when we’re in there for the opening ceremonies,” he said when asked when it would hit him that he was really here. “Maybe then, but not before that. Right now, I’m just happy to be here and be a part of this team.”

After the extravagant, brilliant and simply breathtaking production from famed British filmmaker Danny Boyle at the Olympic Stadium, complete with Sir Paul McCartney ending the show with a rendition of “Hey Jude,” it’s safe to assume that Westbrook and the rest of his teammates who were diving into the Olympic phenomenon for the first time are completely immersed in the moment now.

They were warned.

“It’s not something you can really prepare anybody for,” said veteran point guard Chris Paul, making his second appearance in the Games for the U.S. “We went through it in Beijing and you don’t understand the magnitude of what’s going on until you get here [to the site of the Games] and realize what it means to the people hosting it and all of the people who are involved in putting it on. It’s unreal.”