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Another reason Nash chose L.A.? Future movie career.

Jul 6, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

Steve Nash AP

The primary reasons Steve Nash is a Laker are he could be close to his children who live in Phoenix, there’s ‘s the chance to contend with Kobe Bryant, and there’s the money (three years, $27 million). Put those in whatever order you deem appropriate.

But after that, there’s his future in movies.

Not necessarily on camera (although Nash does do some amusing videos with his production company). But he has a production company that he wants to grow after he retires, and now he is in Los Angeles. There are more people that can help his business in the first three rows of a Lakers game than in all of Toronto (no offense, Canada).

That was not lost on industry trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, which did a story on him Friday.

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….

Meathawk has done ads for Nike, VitaminWater, Toyota and EA Sports, some of which have featured the basketball star.

Was it a deciding factor for Nash? No. Will the Canadian deny it was a factor? You betcha.

Did it hurt when the Lakers were making their pitch? Not in the least.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    I thought he was already an actor. He played Kelly Leak in Bad News Bears when he was a kid right? Figured he gave up the movies to play hoops.

    What?

    That wasn’t him?

    Oh….. never mind.

  2. rexgrossman8 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Steve Nash is a good dude. Even if he is playing for the Lakers. I want him to do well.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      same

    • saint1997 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Goes to show players can leave teams they have been loyal to without alienating the fan base, media, team mates etc.

    • philadelphiafan - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Hopefully he gets that ring. He deserves it.

  3. shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    The Lakers and their “synergies.” It worked out well for Shaq – the black “Meryl Streep.”

  4. kpow55 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Because people can’t commute, video, etc…??? Maybe an unintended bonus, but far from a reason.

    He chose LA becuae Sarver gave him a bunk offer months ago, NY has zero shot of winning a championship in the next 3 years and Toronto has even less a chance.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Somehow, Skyping with someone or having to take a 5-6 hour international flight to see them just doesn’t have the same allure as being a 1 hour flight away. Yes, being close to his family was a reason.

      • BigBeachBall - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        i took a huge skype on someone’s lawn yesterday, then I ran like hell.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Ignorance is bliss. Toronto is merely a city in Canada – not all of CNada. Nash is also from Victoria, B.C. – on the other side of the country from Toronto. Your article is similar to an American band playing in Toronto & saying “Hello Canada!!”. Imagine Rush playing Madison Square Garden & going “Hello America!!”. Also, pointing out that LA has more movie opportunities then Toronto is like saying Nashville has more country music opportunities then Boston .. .. Umm hello, Hollywood is in LA right?

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      “Hello America!!”…brilliant!

  6. dickclydesdale - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Are they making scooby doo part 2? Maybe Nash could play shaggy but he also looks like veLMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  7. cowboyscanada - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Very nice to see how the American people have embraced Steve Nash throughout his career. Canadians are very proud of Nash!
    I hope he can help my Lakers get another championship.
    Thanks to all Americans from Canada!

  8. jayquintana - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Curt Schillling should be a cautionary tale for all these guys. Just because you’re a great athlete, doesn’t mean you’ll be great at everything.

  9. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    I LOVE IT!!

  10. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Schilling’s an ignoramus!! Ever heard of Ervin Johnson?

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