Steve Nash wanted to wait until his NBA career was over, but his old friend Rowan Barrett kept bringing up the names, over and over. Andrew Wiggins. Anthony Bennett. Myck Kabongo. Trey Lyles, maybe. Finally Nash agreed: if the two old friends wanted to have some influence on the golden generation of Canadian basketball, there wasn’t much time.
“Steve clearly wanted to wait,” says Barrett, the assistant general manager of Canada Basketball. “We couldn’t, though.”
“If Steve had waited until his career was over,” says Mitchell Wiggins, the father of the best young player not in the NCAA, “it would have been too late.”
So Nash agreed, and in October 2011, he and Barrett approached Wayne Parrish, the CEO of Canada Basketball (and the chief operating officer of Postmedia, which owns the National Post). Parrish flew to Phoenix. Nash and Barrett had conditions.