Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash is set to be enshrined in FIBA’s Hall of Fame in June, the international federation announced Tuesday.
Congratulations to the #FIBAHallOfFame Class of 2020
— FIBA (@FIBA) March 30, 2021
Nash headlines the 12-player Class of 2020 — whose announcement was delayed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A two-time NBA MVP over his decades-long career in the Association, Nash remains one of the most celebrated players to ever represent Canadian hoops. Highlights of his time on the court with Team Canada include suiting up for the 1994 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Toronto and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 1999, Nash earned MVP honours after leading Canada to a second-place finish at the 1999 FIBA AmeriCup.
American coach Tara VanDerveer — who became the winningest coach in women’s college basketball history in December 2020, and led Team USA to Olympic gold in 1996 — is among the inductees as well, with the 10 others representing France, Poland, Hungary, Korea, Lithuania, Japan, Ukraine, Slovenia, Argentina and Serbia.
The inductees will be celebrated in an online ceremony to be held on June 18, together with the Class of 2021, which will be announced on April 1.
The full list of Class of 2020 inductees is below:
Isabelle Fijalkowski (France)
Mieczyslaw Lopatka (Poland)
Steve Nash (Canada)
Agnes Nemeth (Hungary)
Park Shin-ja (Korea)
Modestas Paulauskas (Lithuania)
Kenichi Sako (Japan)
Alexander Volkov (Ukraine)
Jure Zdovc (Slovenia)
Ruben Magnano (Argentina)
Svetislav Pesic (Serbia)
Tara VanDerveer (USA)