Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  21 responses

Steve Nash Turns the NBA Green

The Suns’ floor general spearheads the L’s enviro-friendly initiative: ‘”I think it’s great that we’re taking the first steps to changing the culture and to moving in the right direction,’ he said. Teams will be outfitted with shooting shirts made of 100 percent organic cotton and take part in community events such as tree plantings and recycling drives. Autographed Spalding basketballs, made from 40 percent recycled materials, will be auctioned on NBA.com, with proceeds benefiting the Natural Resources Defense Council. The league will launch a Web site (nba.com/green) that will offer greening tips, including some its own teams are already using to modify their arenas to minimize energy consumption.”

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  • Tuomas

    Thank you Steve, only been waiting for these sort of NBA-related news for years. That is all.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Steve Nash can’t defend on the court, he’s too busy DEFENDING THE ENTIRE ENVIROMENT PEOPLE.

  • Fred34

    Steve Nash MVP – most valuable PERSON

  • rav

    “Autographed Spalding basketballs, made from 40 percent recycled materials, will be auctioned on NBA.com”

    wouldn’t it be more environmentally friendly not to make those balls in the first place??

  • riggs

    “by your powers combined i am captain planet”, nash necessarily didnt add.

  • elchinas

    I second @rav. I smell green-washing, big time. If the NBA really is about being green, stop making new jerseys and shoes, fireworks etc. for every game. But hey, why front if it gets the message out there, even if the msg is diluted.

  • Coach Master

    Steve is a “citizen of the world” who pitches the highly refutable notion of man-made global warming…what a joker!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Coach, it’s pretty much universally and scientifically ACCEPTED that global warming is being sped up by man. The dispute is over how much, and will it matter as technology advances.
    But it’s cool to be stuck in the early 1990s, I guess.

  • James aka…

    Ooo ooo I have a tip: turn off the f@@@ing music during timeouts. It will save energy and cut down on hearing loss amongst fans. A double win.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    How many cups/bottles/napkins get thrown out at every game? Does every arena recycle? Does Nash use a washable cup for his Gatorade? Does he drive a hybrid? Does he have solar panels on his house(s)?

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Jukai, you couldn’t have said it any better. Anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming at this point, where concrete scientific proof exists, is just a stubborn @ss

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    ^In my opinion, they’re just ignorant. But I think that people are totally entitled to their beliefs, and if they believe in Intelligent Design, more power to them.^

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Jeez my brain isn’t working. I was referring to Evolution. DAMMIT! Yeah I agree baconator.

  • SK

    It would be interesting to see the players with their own sippy cups for games…and we’ve all seen the towel guy hand out those towels without thought for a player to use for 1 second and then chuck it…only to have to do, what, 4 loads of laundry a game?….Rasheed’s tirades don’t help much either

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Baconator: You do realize that without greenhouse gases our Earth would be too cold to live on? Lol, I know, we should still try to reduce global warming.

  • nate the great

    mhmmm… thats all i have to say.

  • wilz

    ahaha…i didnt realize there were ppl who didnt “believe” in global warming. and teddy, ur point is completely irrelevant. of course our planet would be cold if it had no life. but life=co2 and other gases, which count as greenhouse gases.

    anyways, we should stop making basketballs altogether? ya that makes a lot of sense..

  • Blinguo

    They should make the auto-balls out of 100% recycled materials, its not like they’re going to be seeing court time; rather they’re just going to sit and collect dust. Even in a hypo-thermo-allergenic case. Tell Arenas to recycle his high altitude training gear. Its not like it helped him come back any faster this year, so it also probably collects dust in his crib.

  • DJR

    If the NBA really cared about saving the environment they would reduce cross country road trips that require teams to hire private charter jets to get their teams everywhere. Have alot more games played within the same division/conference to reduce travel. Reduce the season to only 72 games a year and that cancels 150 games – reduce playoffs to 5 game series.

    There is a million ways to actually do something to “green” the NBA – none of which concerns making sh*tty shirts and getting balls signed.

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  • http://yahoo Brad

    At least their getting the concept of going green to the general public. Now im not one who recycles, but I’ll bet they’re doing more for the environment than everyone who criticizes them.