Steve Nash never won an NBA championship. Here's what left him empty-handed.

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  • Published: 07 November 2019
  • Steve Nash has every individual accolade an NBA player could dream of, but his teams never won a championship, never even made the Finals. Those teams include some of the best, most innovative teams ever to play the game. So ... why? What obstacles stood between Nash's teams and glory?

    The answer is an absolute parade of close calls and heartbreak. Nash's first stint on the Suns had more promise than you might remember. His time as Dirk Nowitzki's co-star in Dallas came pretty close, but ran into injuries and some seriously un-clutch moments. Nash's Suns were amazing, but had one freak accident after another. And the Lakers ... we don't really need to talk about the Lakers.

    Watch the full episode for the dramatic details of how every Nash team fell short. He had one of the most successful careers of any pro athlete ever, but it's still hard not to feel sorry for how things shook out.

    Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
    Shot and edited by Jiazhen Zhang
    Motion graphics by Michael Das and Phil Pasternak
    Sound design by Ryan Simmons

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Comments • 1 881

  • OutsideMax
    OutsideMax  1 hours back

    Sometimes I wish David Robinson never got hurt then the spurs would of never gotten Tim Duncan.

    • Coinraker
      Coinraker  2 hours back

      Very well could have won one if it wasn't for Cheap Shot Bob (Robert Horry).

      • Gladys Skjaerlund
        Gladys Skjaerlund  3 hours back

        Good photoshop on the veins at 8:12

        • Mike Jones
          Mike Jones  3 hours back

          They suspended a Spurs role player and a Suns star player. As an NBA fan that was bullshit

          • ryan akers
            ryan akers  4 hours back

            What an apologetic joke. Nash was a severe defensive liability, and teams exploited him over and over. Kerr in 03 was his man to guard, yet half the threes were uncontested. The 05 Suns had no chance against either the Spurs or Pistons, because defense, once again. And for good measure, if he just took the wrap-up foul from Horry, instead of flopping into the score table, his teammates would have likely stayed on the bench. He may have had all star caliber offense, but not even Y-league defense. One of the most overrated players of all time, period.

            • Berto A
              Berto A  5 hours back

              for as good as his offense was his defense was worse can't win championships that way

              • Matty Jay
                Matty Jay  6 hours back

                Those Kings teams were The Squad dude...way to gloss that over.

                • Top Kek
                  Top Kek  6 hours back

                  Iverson>Nash

                  • Nick
                    Nick  7 hours back

                    After watching this I feel so bad for Nash

                    • Brian Boley
                      Brian Boley  7 hours back

                      Loopsth & Zig Zagsth

                      • Ricardo Sines
                        Ricardo Sines  8 hours back

                        It was a competetive era with big guys dominating, shaq, duncan, ganett, dirk, webber, gasol and wallace’s, although he had amare till 2010, the game slowed down during playoffs, and it’s the suns kryptonite 😓

                        • someguy604
                          someguy604  9 hours back

                          Era of corrupt refs.

                          • BeefPapa
                            BeefPapa  9 hours back

                            Because of Duncan, Dirk and Kobe. There. Saved you 27 minutes.

                            • TheLuxx 91
                              TheLuxx 91  9 hours back

                              I compare these Suns teams to 2010’s Rockets. Good records, MVP(s), deep playoff runs and no Finals

                              • Heater64k
                                Heater64k  13 hours back

                                Do Karl Malone

                                • Sid Michael Fajardo
                                  Sid Michael Fajardo  14 hours back

                                  25:08 Jared dudley wtf are you doing?

                                  • Sid Michael Fajardo
                                    Sid Michael Fajardo  14 hours back

                                    Young Jokic @ 22:21

                                    • ultimatesin5
                                      ultimatesin5  15 hours back

                                      Dwight Howard Thats why

                                      • Graham Dick
                                        Graham Dick  15 hours back

                                        Who's the guy that narrated this, he's awesome

                                        • marcel escoda
                                          marcel escoda  17 hours back

                                          Please stop this. I mean, . The video is very well edited, you tell the story in a perfect historical sense, but...This stories are all about regular failure. Not unusual, not unexpected or crazy, just regular failure. We don't really expect someone to win just because he is good in a team sport. That's why I feel bad for Steve when I watch this. We didn't even got to see a behind-the- back pass (should be a crime in a Steve Nash video) or his soccer skills in the Dunk Contest, we just got to see the failing. Close games between great teams that's all.



                                          Maybe I am just scared of what may be coming, because I'm a knicks fan.


                                          And because being a point guard, european kid, nash made me love the NBA and I realized I didn't want to watch this.


                                          And because I also loved Allen Iverson.

                                          • Maurice Fields
                                            Maurice Fields  20 hours back

                                            Weird comment: Christian Bale could play Steve Nash in a bio film.

                                            • richs4god1
                                              richs4god1  20 hours back

                                              Reasons: Spurs and Lakers

                                              • CP Tarby
                                                CP Tarby  22 hours back

                                                Lest just take a second to appreciate that both of these episodes are about suns players and not the teams people like

                                                • TGC Entertainment
                                                  TGC Entertainment  23 hours back

                                                  David stern cost him his best chance

                                                  • Mike Still Rapping
                                                    Mike Still Rapping  1 days back

                                                    Mike D'antonio + No Defefense = No Rings.

                                                    • El Mestizo gObLiNo
                                                      El Mestizo gObLiNo  1 days back

                                                      Mavericks: it’s ok to be white

                                                      • 286mic
                                                        286mic  1 days back

                                                        Nash playing through broken nose. Meanwhile Kawhi sits out 8 games into the season for "load management" 🙄

                                                        • Frankie V
                                                          Frankie V  1 days back

                                                          Called Tim Donaghy

                                                          • bubmah axr
                                                            bubmah axr  1 days back

                                                            That 26:53 color fading sunk everything in

                                                            • Why Bee McNoMistake
                                                              Why Bee McNoMistake  1 days back

                                                              Hey guys, this actually is one of your best series yet. Please do an episode of Karl Malone & John Stockton.

                                                              • Michael Vaz
                                                                Michael Vaz  1 days back

                                                                I really hope y’all do a AI episode !!

                                                                • Lee
                                                                  Lee  1 days back

                                                                  Suns should have had titles in ‘05, ‘07, ‘10. Basically the Utah Jazz of the 2000s.

                                                                  • s stevenson
                                                                    s stevenson  1 days back

                                                                    Best passer in NBA history.


                                                                    Feel free to argue, everyone has the right to be wrong.

                                                                    • Eddie Munch
                                                                      Eddie Munch  1 days back

                                                                      J O H N S T O C K T O N

                                                                      • germanlo123
                                                                        germanlo123  1 days back

                                                                        What I got from this was:
                                                                        • his teams had bad luck with postseason injuries
                                                                        • Steve Nash wasn't clutch

                                                                        • Eddie Munch
                                                                          Eddie Munch  1 days back

                                                                          hemie looks like he was doin coke all night and forgot to sleep before this video was filmed

                                                                          • skooly
                                                                            skooly  2 days back

                                                                            all them stat numbers an superstar teammates still cant win a ring... nash the most overrated player in nba history

                                                                            • serpico
                                                                              serpico  2 days back

                                                                              seattle..was actually good?

                                                                              • Jaden B
                                                                                Jaden B  2 days back

                                                                                One time at a sports memorabilia store, I found an autographed portrait of Steve Nash when he played for Dallas. I asked how much it cost and the guy said “Oh, JJ! Fifteen bucks”
                                                                                He thought it was JJ Barea😂😂
                                                                                I gave him that $15 so fast and DIPPED

                                                                                • MrZablon
                                                                                  MrZablon  2 days back

                                                                                  The Nash Suns wrote the blueprint for the title run warriors

                                                                                  • Elijah Hennen
                                                                                    Elijah Hennen  2 days back

                                                                                    larry fitzgerald should have seen the writing on the walls left by steve nash

                                                                                    • players_vip_supercars
                                                                                      players_vip_supercars  2 days back

                                                                                      Steve Nash didnt win a championship because the NBA screwed the Phoenix Suns in 2007 when they suspended Amari Stoudamire against the Spurs

                                                                                      • logalogalog
                                                                                        logalogalog  2 days back

                                                                                        Do Tony Gwynn next.

                                                                                        • Gleesh
                                                                                          Gleesh  2 days back

                                                                                          We need a Dan Marino one

                                                                                          • STOCK IX
                                                                                            STOCK IX  2 days back

                                                                                            Subbed for the inevitable Philip Rivers episode

                                                                                            • Duffys
                                                                                              Duffys  2 days back

                                                                                              shouldnt have won one of his mvps tbh

                                                                                              • Akadehmix
                                                                                                Akadehmix  2 days back

                                                                                                You need to do this on Reggie Miller!

                                                                                                • WizManBallin
                                                                                                  WizManBallin  2 days back

                                                                                                  The Suns should have at least 2 titles with Nash. But the NBA didn't want them to be champs...they worked that situation to a T to keep them from winning. Matter of fact, Nash got robbed in Dallas too. Every time his team was on the verge, they broke them up. No coincidence.