It’s the third time the NBA legend has stepped out with the team since his ‘debut’ at our old HQ Spurs Lodge back in 1999.
A life-long Spurs fan whose father was born in Tottenham, Steve was a regular at the Lane as a youngster with his father and granddad before his family moved to Canada.
Below: Steve with Mauricio Pochettino
The rest is sporting history. Steve had two spells with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and finished a an 18-season career at LA Lakers in 2014 having twice been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (the ‘MVP’ in 2005, 2006 with the Suns) and was selected eight times for the NBA’s All-Star Game.
His love for Spurs remained throughout his stellar career. He hooked up with the squad during our tour of the US and Canada in 2014 - impressing Mauricio Pochettino and the players in a full training session in Toronto - and was back for a first visit to Hotspur Way, now as a retired NBA legend, on Thursday.
“I first trained with the team back in 1999, so to be here 17 years later and still able to get involved a little is first of all a bit of luck on my part and secondly, to see the growth of the Club, this incredible new training facility and then a new stadium on the way in our old location, it's all fantastic,” said Steve.
“Training was great. It’s a bit of a funny story. I tweaked my back a couple of days ago lifting weights and knowing that I was perhaps going to get a little kick-in with the players, I was devastated!
“Luckily I was okay and it was a light day, I think I handled myself okay and more importantly, I got to be out there with my heroes.”
Below: Steve shows how it's done with a basketball
Now 42, Steve admitted retirement was ‘very difficult’, so did training with us help a little?
“Yes, amazing. In some ways I’m out here and I’m like a little kid at Christmas, I’m with these guys who I live and die with every weekend,” he explained.
“On the other hand, it feels so familiar to be out there in training, the banter, the boys smiling and laughing, it feels like home.
"I'm fortunate to get opportunities like this. They are a dream come true and I know there are millions of Spurs fans out there who would love to be in this position, but every time I do get a chance to do it, it’s like 10 Christmases at once.”