May 17, 2012 3:56 PM | By Ian Harrison, MSN Sports
Canadian sporting icons

Steve Nash enters the club



Men and women of the Maple Leaf who've achieved the status of sporting icons. (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
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Steve Nash is the new face of Canadian basketball, and there's no better man for the job. The two-time NBA MVP and All-Star point guard took over as general manager of our national team last week and will lead the squad as they gun for Olympic greatness at Brazil 2016. So, why is he such a good selection? Think basketball in Canada and you think of the talented Nash sending a perfect no-look pass through the paint, or knocking down another long 3-pointer. Nash defines the game in this country, making him a true Canadian sporting icon. Which other men and women of the Maple Leaf have earned such lofty athletic status? Let's take a look.

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