From playmaker to filmmaker?
NBA veteran Steve Nash is broadening his horizons as the Phoenix Suns point guard as the director of a documentary film portraying Terry Fox.
“Into The Wind” will air Tuesday on ESPN as part of its “30 For 30” series. The film has appeared on Canadian TV and was shown at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
“You’re always questioning your decisions,” Nash said of his first attempt at filmmaking. “You have a clear vision of how you want it to go. You try your best to execute it to the intent, but you continually question whether that’s the right way to go. Just trying to find a balance between being positive and progressively critical and at the same time not debilitating yourself or overanalyzing.”
Fox, who had lost his right leg to cancer, attempted to run across Canada in 1980 in an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Nash, who was 6 years old and living in Victoria, British Columbia, at the time of Fox’s “Marathon of Hope,” was captivated by what he saw each day as Fox’s journey was chronicled on TV. But the 21-year-old Fox couldn’t overcome his cancer and never completed his journey. He died in 1981 with one-third of his run unfinished.
Nash’s cousin, Ezra Holland, convinced Nash to join him in the film project. Nash said he was “fascinated by the conflict between being this humble, quiet kid who wanted to shy away from the spotlight, and at the same time his quest was built on attention.”
■ MORE JETS WOES — The NFL season is just two weeks old, but the New York Jets have had enough issues, particularly off the field, to last an entire year.
There was the Darrelle Revis holdout. Then the X-rated HBO show “Hard Knocks.” On Monday, receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for DWI. Now, things apparently have extended into the stands, as “Fireman Ed,” one of their most visible fans, could be charged with assault after an incident Aug. 16 at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Fireman Ed, whose name is Ed Anzalone, faces a simple assault charge after allegedly shoving Christopher Black during the Jets’ preseason game against the rival New York Giants.
Anzalone, a retired New York City fireman who leads the “J-E-T-S” chant after every Jets score, pushed Black out of the way after Black intruded on Anzalone’s cheer during the first quarter. The incident, which became a big hit on YouTube, shows Black, wearing a Giants jersey, stepping in front of Fireman Ed, who shoved him out of the way.
Somehow, Black and his attorney are construing this as assault. The court system, which should be dealing with more serious Jets matters such as Edwards’ DWI, has yet to issue a warrant for Fireman Ed to appear regarding the assault charge.
Instead of prosecuting Anzalone, the court should make Black wear an Islanders jersey and sit in the blue seats at Madison Square Garden during a Rangers game.
Then he’ll understand the true meaning of the word “assault.”
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP
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