Steve Nash has made a career out of defying expectations, and with two MVP trophies, the third-most assists in NBA history, and a surefire spot in the Hall of Fame, it would be hard to blame him if he carried himself with a chip on his shoulder. Only, that’s now how Nash operates. The cerebral Canadian instead speaks softly and lets his play do the talking, speaking only in the most calm and pleasant tone possible away from the court.
His ability to break ankles and throw seemingly impossible passes would make most players puff their chests out, but that just isn’t how Nash is wired.
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In hindsight, the whole anti-Tim Tebow movement seems strange. Never has there been so much backlash against an athlete who never did anything wrong, never had a bad word to say about anybody, and enjoyed nothing but success on the field. The fact that he had a weird throwing motion and was an especially devout Christian seemed to rub people the wrong way, completely ignoring his accomplishments as a teammate and a true humanitarian off the field. While it seems his future is as an analyst rather than playing, there’s always a chance a desperate team will come calling.
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Finding a popular professional athlete who maintains his humility despite his fame is no easy task. And we can’t say we blame them; when you’re the best in the world at something, it’s hard not to want to tell people about it. But for a superstar like Kevin Durant, staying true to his roots is simply encoded in his DNA.
KD can’t help but deflect praise to his teammates even as he is winning scoring titles and collecting his MVP trophy, and that’s what makes him one of the most inspiring athletes of this generation. In honor of Durant and in celebration of his upcoming Nike KD7 “Calm Before the Storm” colorway dropping at Champs Sports this weekend, here’s a look at the definitive sports Humble Rankings among athletes of today.
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