Doubt can be a huge motivator. (And I’m not talking about the movie starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. That was just depressing.)

You have likely had that moment in life where a teacher, boss, loved one or complete stranger has doubted your ability, in one way or another, so much so that it pushed you to achieve something you didn’t quite know was possible. They become the type of person you use as motivation as you continue to push yourself. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you will eventually get to join the club.

At this point you’re probably wondering exactly what this has to do with the Phoenix Suns. Well, after Sunday’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, head coach Alvin Gentry started his postgame press conference with this statement:

“I’d like to start this off by saying, to all you Tebow Haters, take that. That’s right. For all those expert analysts on there who said ‘He can’t do this. He can’t pass. He can’t run a pro offense.’ Take that.”

Once again, the connection between that comment and the Suns isn’t quite clear (outside of Gentry using his press conference like an open mic night to prove he may have a little Louis C.K. in him). That is until you look at it a little deeper.

Gentry spent Sunday talking about a player who spends his time running around wearing orange, throwing passes and making plays to help his team win.

Sound familiar?

Gentry’s original comments may have been about the Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow but they seem to also apply to his own signal caller, Steve Nash.

On the same night that Tebow served up a thrilling 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime, Nash did his best Red Cross impression, dishing assistance at a dizzying pace. He doled out an exciting 17 assists in just 28 minutes of play against Milwaukee. It was Nash’s own version of ‘take that’ to the ‘haters’ who had once again started to wonder if he was about to experience a major decline due to his age.

Sure, Nash was off to a slow start, but time and time again, like Tebow, he proves his detractors and critics wrong.

Nash was Tebow, when Tebow was still in pampers and reading the picture-book version of the Bible. He’s the ultimate, “no one believes in me, so I have to prove them wrong” story.
The odds have been against Nash for a majority of his career. Being a good high school point guard in Canada with dreams of playing in the NBA is kind of like being the cute girl in Kentucky with dreams of being the next Julia Roberts: a long shot. When you add in the fact that he had to sit out his junior year in high school due to transferring schools, the road to major college basketball, let alone the pros, was a difficult one.

That didn’t stop him. He was recruited by Santa Clara, a smaller Western Athletic Conference team, and guided them to the NCAA tournament three times in four years. Even that didn’t mean he was a lock to be an NBA starter, let alone a star. He was viewed as too small and too slow to be an impact player. Two MVPs, almost 16,000 points and almost 9,400 assists later, he still has to prove people wrong.

So I’d just like to end this by saying to all you Steve Nash haters, take that. For all those who said ‘He can’t do this.’ ‘He’s too old.’ ‘He can’t pass anymore.’ Take that. Now all we have to do is figure out what the Nash equivalent to Tebowing is.

My vote? Nashing should be pushing your hair back out of your eyes while passing something along to a friend.

It’s your turn. What do you think Nashing should be? Leave your answer in the comment section.

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Hi, my name is Greg Esposito, my friends call me Espo and I’m a Phoenix Suns-aholic. I also happen to be the team's Social Media Specialist as well as one of the online content creators. You'll find my sarcastic musings here on Blog.Suns.com as the Suns Retorter.

  • wendys68

    Nashing very cooly bouncing the ball down the court, stopping short of the 3 point line, shooting, and swishing it; just because I’m that good! :-)

  • Greg Esposito

    Love the response Wendy. Problem is, most average people can’t dribble or hit threes the way Steve does. Maybe it’s like the Rat Pack or Oscar winners. An exclusive club of people who are good at #Nashing unlike #Tebowing that everyone can do.

  • Markus

    Licking your fingertips and pushing your hair back behind your ears, then licking them again and wiping them on your shirt. It’s disgusting, but it’s unquestionably Nash.

  • Greg Esposito

    @Markus You are probably right. That is unquestionably Nash.

  • Marco Dela Cruz

    Nashing is making people believe in you for years, even if the chances are slim. #RESPECT

  • Corie

    Having been “beaned” in the head at a home game when JRich didn’t keep his eye on Steve….I’d have to add that Nashing has to be throwing accurate and blinding “behind the back” passes at lightning speed to his teammates when moving and looking in a completely different direction!!!
    He is truly amazing and a thrill to watch him play. Number one rule – keep your eyes on Nash.

  • http://Netzero.net Margaret Stowers

    Nashing is dishing passes to your teammate when you have a open shot yourself. Steve needs to shot more himself.

  • Ter

    Tim bowing a knee before a game is a response to a scripture: he is seeking first the kingdom of God and giving thanks to the One who gave Tim the talent and gifts to play. What did George Washington do at Valley Forge? He took a knee and how did that turn out? Steve taking a knee would be the same thing and he wouldn’t be mimicing anyone, just giving thanks for his talents and gifts and chance to play a game he loves. Jesus took a knee at Gethsemane and He became the Saviour of mankind. Taking a knee isn’t about us, it’s about Him. our Creator.

  • B MARSH,QUESNEL B.C.

    NASHING IS BEING A COMPLETELY GENUINE,ARROGANCE FREE CAUCASIAN MALE ATHELETE FROM VICTORIA, B.C.,CANADA WHO HAS ACHIEVED SOMETHING NO OTHER CANADIAN BASKETBALL PLAYER ,PAST OR FUTURE, WILL EVER ACHIEVE AGAIN. BEING BORN AND RAISED AS A HOCKEY PLAYER AND HOCKEY BEING MY #1 SPORT, STEVE NASH’S,BACK TO BACK NBA MVP AWARDS, IN A GAME DOMINATED BY BIG MEN, IN MY OPINION IS THE GREATEST CANADIAN ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT EVER. HE HAS AND STILL IS “DOMINASHING” THE NBA AND WILL DO SO FOREVER IN THE CANADIAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND THE NBA HALL OF FAME

  • Patti

    Nashing? There’s too many trademarks associated with this man (He is just a man, right?!) to narrow it down to one. All of the responders have brought to mind memorable moments from watching his wonderful style of play and unquestionable talent. I think his ability to dribble the ball equally with one hand or the other while weaving thru all the much larger bodies under the basket and somehow re-emerging out the other side; easily passing it to teammates in traffic or between his own legs or over the heads of others; making passes and baskets from anywhere, even with his back turned. Memories of his many hard hits and injuries, yet playing thru: broken nose, one eye swelled shut to name a couple. His obvious and immense pride when he carried the torch at the opening to the Olympic games coupled with his obvious and immense heart when he picks up his twin girls, one in each arm outside the locker room or one on each knee while he conducts a press conference. His shocked look with his hands on either side of his head while he watches a teammate fail to block out his man and save the game; his ability to move the basketball as if it was a soccer ball after the whistle is blown, just for the fun of it. We’ll be “gnashing” our teeth when we no longer have “Nashing” to watch. (Thanks Steve!!!!)