Steve Nash hired as GM of Canada's national hoops team

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Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash celebrates after they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Suns won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash celebrates after they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Suns won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill

TORONTO (AP) -- Steve Nash has been selected general manager of Canada's national basketball program.

The star of the Phoenix Suns will guide the men's team, which will try to qualify for the London Olympics. The men's and women's team haven't played in the Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Games.

They'll play in the final qualifying tournament next month in Turkey. Nash (@SteveNash on Twitter) led Canada to a seventh-place finish in Sydney.

Also hired Tuesday was Rowan Barrett as assistant general manager.

The men's team has been without a head coach since Leo Rautins resigned in September after Canada's disappointing performance at the Olympic qualifying tournament.