Interesting and IMO exactly what we need.
Back to yesterday for a minute.
Did the McCown radio show and one of the topics of discussion – this being Canada and it being September 2008 and all – was – ta da! – hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the role Wayne Gretzky would have with the team.
Forget what we said about that – I’m sure the topic will be raised daily between now and the start of the Games (or at least until Mats Sundin makes some decision) – but the role of the most iconic Canadian in team sports is an interesting one when it’s put in the basketball context.
As regular readers – or at least people who read here yesterday – will know, I’m a big proponent of some sort of College of Elders or Advisory Board or something like that – being put in place to oversee the national senior men’s program.
And there’s one guy they must get and that’s Steve Nash.
I know the folks at Canada Basketball have reached out to him several times already and he’s been listening.
His role? I see him as the face of the team, a de facto GM who cajoles players into taking part, does a couple of corporate things to help raise money and awareness and does some media to spread the word.
The team – and it’s only a part of what Canada Basketball does – needs a boost and Nash is the one to provide it.
It’s never too late to start enhancing the profile of the team, maybe so fans can follow players in their European leagues this year and this would be one big step to take.