Steve Nash arrives in time for Canada's Manila OQT debut in new role as team manager
Steve Nash has inspired a generation of Canadian basketball players. AP

STEVE Nash has joined the Canadian national team in time for their first match in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Nash, largely credited for inspiring a generation of players to lead Canada's resurgence in basketball, attended the team's practice on Wednesday morning at the Mall of Asia Arena in his capacity as team manager.

The former NBA MVP is also expected to be on the bench for Canada's opening match against Turkey at 6:30 p.m.

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