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The Weird Condition That Could've Affected Steve Nash's Career In A Major Way

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Steve Nash will go down in NBA history as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Although he could never capture that illusive Larry O'Brien trophy, Nash finished his career as a two-time MVP, an eight-time All-Star, and with 10,335 career assists, good for 3rd on the all-time career assists ranking.

Despite this, it's been revealed (via Reddit user aceofspadez138) that Steve Nash actually suffers from strabismus, an eye condition where the two eyes don't look in exactly the same direction at the same time, giving the image of said person being cross-eyed. Being cross-eyed leads to the condition in which the eyes do not properly align with each other when looking at an object. The eye which is focused on an object can alternate. Cross-eyed adults may even have double vision, and when you're in the business of distributing the ball on the basketball court, having subpar vision isn't favorable.

During his career, Nash's condition wasn't that noticeable, but as he's grown older, it's quite easy to see the misalignment between his two eyes.

Here are some more examples of Nash's eyes during his playing days:

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Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Nash isn't the only NBA player to suffer from strabismus either. Tracy McGrady also played with the condition during his career, and it's rumored former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both have strabismus, although not as pronounced.

Thankfully for Nash, and us NBA fans, the legendary point guard's basketball career wasn't severely affected by the condition, as proven by his insane assist totals and two MVP awards.