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After 18 years in the NBA, 8 NBA all star titles, and 2 consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player awards, Steve Nash has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Inducted on Friday, Nash remained humble as he accepted his award and spoke with the other 12 inductees. “It’s a real honour to go in with all of you guys.”

Steve Nash was born in South Africa and moved to Victoria at an early age. He attended Mount Douglas Secondary School and St. Michael’s University School.

In his final year of high school he was named the province’s Player of the Year, and helped lead his team to a B.C. AAA provincial championship title. Nash would later attend Santa Clara University in California, the only American university that offered him a scholarship.

“The secret is to build the resolve and spirit to enjoy the plateaus, the times when it doesn’t feel like you’re improving and you question why you’re doing this,” said Nash in his induction speech.

“If you’re patient, the plateaus will become springboards. You’ll never be more alive than when you give something everything you have,” said Nash, after thanking his family one last time.