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 • 1 966

  • G Boy
    G Boy  3 hours back

    Kobe was his reason

    • Mitchell Liddell
      Mitchell Liddell  7 hours back

      Do untitled Joe Thornton!

      • Matt Kramer
        Matt Kramer  15 hours back

        Do Iverson next

        • JohnnyRingo
          JohnnyRingo  15 hours back

          He'd probably trade those two league mvp trophies real quick for a championship, but overall, careers have ended worse.

          • Bookem Danno
            Bookem Danno  19 hours back

            Because basketball is a team game so regardless of individual talent, no one is guaranteed a title. I saved you 28 minutes of listening to last picked SB Nation commentators attempting (and failing) to be clever. You're welcome!

            • captainjack8319
              captainjack8319  19 hours back

              I was such a fan of Nash, and the 2007 season was brutal...the playoffs that year was painful.

              • captainjack8319
                captainjack8319  20 hours back

                He was a favorite player of mine. Got to see him in career game 1,000.

                • Surya Susanto
                  Surya Susanto  1 days back

                  What a devastating story. I just loved to see kidd and nash pass. Their passes are mind-blowing

                  • Brett Spier
                    Brett Spier  1 days back

                    Untitled Melo, AI, Vince Carter, TMAC, Ewing, Malone/Stockton... just some ideas

                    • MarloSoBalJr
                      MarloSoBalJr  9 hours back

                      Vince Carter still playing... for the Hawks tho. Yeah, might as well.

                  • Azrael Games
                    Azrael Games  1 days back

                    Do an untitled on Dan Marino, Allen Iverson, Jerome Iginla, Ken Griffey Jr or the Bills the made four straight super bowls and lost

                    • Jon Hitch
                      Jon Hitch  2 days back

                      Watching Steve Nash during warm up was the most entertaining thing. He would kick balls into the basket his soccer skills were just as impressive as his Basketball skills. Stand-up guy who deserves recognition on the court and off.

                      • Alby
                        Alby  2 days back

                        Please do Allen Iverson that man deserved a ring

                        • Rp Webx
                          Rp Webx  2 days back

                          One of my favorite player Steve Nash.

                          • Gabriel Torres
                            Gabriel Torres  2 days back

                            Nothing worse in sports in general than a legit Hall of Famer without a ring, period.

                            • foocw
                              foocw  2 days back

                              i think i can quite safely wait for chris paul's video when he retires. but if branching out from the NBA, ichiro suzuki is probably one of the greatest sportsmen of all time to have never won a championship.

                              • i brillo
                                i brillo  2 days back

                                Because of San Antonio Spurs

                                • Kshitij Das
                                  Kshitij Das  2 days back

                                  All done and said this years' suns does look like a real powerhouse

                                  • Dan Baseley
                                    Dan Baseley  2 days back

                                    20:40 Fra-kaa: it's pronounced 'Fra-kaa': not 'Fray-cus'

                                    • Harley Mathieu
                                      Harley Mathieu  2 days back

                                      Next two titles or you can combine them in one video.
                                      1) How Kevin Durant avoided being teased like Barkley from Bullies like Shaq by joining Warriors
                                      2) Wrestbrook and James reunited for a last chance

                                      • Crowned Guilty
                                        Crowned Guilty  2 days back

                                        Because......


                                        KOBE

                                        • Y2kSd4
                                          Y2kSd4  2 days back

                                          IN WINS OR HEARTH BREAKING LOSSES,
                                          NASH HAD THE BALLS!!! 😡

                                          • Andrew Jude St-Fleur
                                            Andrew Jude St-Fleur  2 days back

                                            I'm blessed to have witnessed this storyline unfold. It's sad Nash didn't win a ring.

                                            • Mark Swindell
                                              Mark Swindell  2 days back

                                              Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Robert Horry.

                                              • Adam Morrison
                                                Adam Morrison  2 days back

                                                If anyone is like me.... Jay Z feat Nas. Black Republican

                                                • Ade Sango
                                                  Ade Sango  3 days back

                                                  If you want to veer out of basketball, then Steven Gerrard would make a great subject for an Untitled episode. One of England's greatest midfielders stayed loyal to his hometown club and missed out on winning the premiership in several heartbreaking ways.

                                                  • Franklin Gonzalez
                                                    Franklin Gonzalez  3 days back

                                                    Do one for Cal Ripken Jr. He was with one team longer than most baseball careers. I always wondered what got in the way of all those Oriole teams from reaching the World Series, let alone the playoffs. I know the answer will most likely be The Evil Empire but still. Your editing and narration and background music gives it a storylike vibe that is unmatched.

                                                    • Aitor Navarro
                                                      Aitor Navarro  3 days back

                                                      'Cos he always ran into Shaq/Kobe's Lakers or Duncan/Pop's Spurs that's why

                                                      • Mr Denz
                                                        Mr Denz  3 days back

                                                        *Am I the only one who when think about Steve Nash first player who always comes to mind and I will always remember this duo is Amare Stoudemire* ?

                                                        • Maiq Knowsmuch
                                                          Maiq Knowsmuch  3 days back

                                                          Fantastic video. Watching the Nash suns was a basketball fan’s dream....defense wasn’t their forte but dammit they were fun to watch.

                                                          • tim nic
                                                            tim nic  3 days back

                                                            could have, would have, should have...
                                                            19:20 btw that is bad defence by Nash.... why he risked a clash of heads and broken nose? crazy.

                                                            • OrgXIII4U
                                                              OrgXIII4U  3 days back

                                                              One thing to wonder: what if Nash had gone to a team in the East around 2005 when Dallas let him go? Philly, to go with Iverson? Chicago, with Ben Gordon and co.? Boston, with Paul Pierce? Or Cleveland, with a really young LeBron? He might've reached the finals a few times...

                                                              • Gene jordan
                                                                Gene jordan  3 days back

                                                                i lived in phoenix from 04 - 08... suns basketball, especially the playoffs, was an event

                                                                • Chris archer is a disappointment.

                                                                  This is really sad tbh, nash really deserved better than this.

                                                                  • William Brüno II
                                                                    William Brüno II  3 days back

                                                                    Tracy McGrady pleaseeeeeee

                                                                    • Merican Freedom
                                                                      Merican Freedom  4 days back

                                                                      Cause Mark Cuban is dumb. There. End of discussion. No video needed.

                                                                      • Undead Trooper
                                                                        Undead Trooper  4 days back

                                                                        Literally the Dan Marino of the NBA, a legend that never made it to the Climax

                                                                        • Undead Trooper
                                                                          Undead Trooper  2 days back

                                                                          aceassn716 Marino Never won the SB tho that’s what I meant by climax, so close but yet so far

                                                                        • aceassn716
                                                                          aceassn716  2 days back

                                                                          Marino did make it to the Superbowl in his second season, when did Nash make the finals??

                                                                      • Thomas Berryman ll
                                                                        Thomas Berryman ll  4 days back

                                                                        Lol um the Lakers, the Spurs and Mike Dantoni are the reasons why the suns never won

                                                                        • sean hurley
                                                                          sean hurley  5 days back

                                                                          Excellent video man!!

                                                                          • Piero Sanchez
                                                                            Piero Sanchez  5 days back

                                                                            We're so sorry Steve!
                                                                            -Mavs

                                                                            • Obi Chukwura
                                                                              Obi Chukwura  5 days back

                                                                              Easy. Because he never went to the Finals. Boom!

                                                                              • Scott Ryall
                                                                                Scott Ryall  5 days back

                                                                                he never played any semblance of defense

                                                                                • Angus Einarson
                                                                                  Angus Einarson  5 days back

                                                                                  You should do Allen Iverson

                                                                                  • david brown
                                                                                    david brown  5 days back

                                                                                    A case of bad luck for Nash.

                                                                                    • Ricardo Giglio
                                                                                      Ricardo Giglio  5 days back

                                                                                      I remember a hyped game between Nash's Suns and LBJ Cavs, the conference leaders. Nash dominated the game scoring only 2 points, but dishing 22 assists! The Suns cruised to win. Those were the days! My favourite player of all time!

                                                                                      • Jerry Jazzbo
                                                                                        Jerry Jazzbo  5 days back

                                                                                        Steve Nash is why nobody cares that Robert Horry has 7 rings.

                                                                                        • Robert Fisk
                                                                                          Robert Fisk  5 days back

                                                                                          Oh wow, a two to one season series. Damn, that close...

                                                                                          • Abdy M
                                                                                            Abdy M  5 days back

                                                                                            Do Allen Iverson next

                                                                                            • LUD WIG
                                                                                              LUD WIG  5 days back

                                                                                              No need to watch the video. He never won a title because he played the game for the love of it. Just like Iverson and many others. They could have teamed up like they do nowadays, but they didn't. Simple as that.