NBA Star Steve Nash Will Focus on Film Career When Lakers Contract Expires
The newest Los Angeles Laker is a playmaker and a filmmaker, with hopes of growing his production company, Meathawk.
Steve Nash, the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, is happy to be making his new home in Hollywood.
The flashy point guard, who was traded to the Lakers on Wednesday after eight years with the Phoenix Suns (the deal becomes official July 11, per NBA rules), runs a production company, Meathawk, with his cousin, Ezra Holland.
Their first feature, Into the Wind -- about the life of Terry Fox, an amputee who attempted to run across Canada for cancer research in 1980 -- debuted at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and aired as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series.
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"I'd like to play three more years and then get more involved in some of these other pursuits, most notably my production company. It is something I spend a lot of time on," Nash recently told Forbes.
Nash and Holland co-directed the film.
Now the Canadian playmaker, whose new three-year deal with the Lakers is worth a reported $27 million, is said to be working as a producer on a film about Brazilian soccer legend Pele that is timed for the 2014 World Cup.
Nash, 38, also has an ownership interest in the Vancouver Whitecaps, a Major League Soccer franchise.
The future Hall of Famer has appeared as himself in such films as Like Mike (2002) and Life as We Know It (2010) and on episodes of Entourage, The Cleveland Show and Barfly. Meathawk has done ads for Nike, VitaminWater, Toyota and EA Sports, some of which have featured the basketball star.
Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, pushed for the trade to the Lakers. He averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists (second in the NBA) for the Suns last season, and he's fifth all-time in assists, right behind Lakers legend Magic Johnson.