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Steve Nash Agrees To Become Canada Team’s New GM

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0  Updated at 12:57 pm, May 8th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Steve Nash will become a free agent for possibly the last time in his career this summer, but before finding a new team, he agreed to become general manager of the senior men’s national team for Canada Basketball.

“Obviously I love the program,” Nash told ESPN.com. “It was a huge part of my development as a player. Going to the Olympics (in 2000) was the best experience of my career. So if I can help other Canadians experience that, it would be pretty amazing. I want to try to lend my hand to help develop our system and change the image and reputation of this country internationally and be a resource for as many of our good, young kids as possible.”

Nash will be assisted in the job by former Olympic teammate Rowan Barrett, who will run day-to-day operations as assistant GM, according to ESPN.com. 

As for the upcoming free agency process: “I’ve been so busy with this that I haven’t had much of a chance to start thinking about it. In the coming weeks, I’ll definitely start to think about what I’m going to do,” said Nash.

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