Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Someone needs to tell Steve Nash what the word “retirement” means. After officially announcing his retirement from the NBA in March, Nash has stayed busy over the past few months. He is currently the general manager of the Canadian National Team, has been mentoring young players including Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell, and has decided to get into the film industry. Always a fan of film production, Nash helped produce some commercials when he was still an NBA player. Now he will help executive produce an independent film that will explore the 1980s party scene in Dallas including the use of ecstasy AKA MDMA AKA “Molly.”
Speaking to Dave McNary of variety.com, Nash talked about how playing in Dallas interested him in this project:
“Having played in Dallas for six years, I was drawn to this project for its relationship with the city. After poring over the material I found an incredibly unique story with so many vibrant characters and a bold history known as the origin to the rave scene ecstasy culture. Its footprints are now all over the world.”
It will be interesting to see how the NBA handles this situation. While former greats are certainly free from any league obligation, do you think the NBA would allow, say, Nash to appear on NBATV to promote a movie about drugs? I highly doubt it especially considering the widespread drug use that went on in the league during the 1970s and 80s.
Nash should certainly have the money to help fund the project thanks to his final NBA contract. In three years with the Lakers, Nash made nearly $28 million for 65 games played (or about $430,000 for every game played).
If he’s in need of some cameos, there are no shortage of athletes who can lend their first-hand experience of the drug. He could go with Mike Scott of the Hawks, fellow Canadian Jarrett Stoll, or even Dallas’ own Orlando Scandrick.