Who is Lilla Frederick?
Lilla Frederick was born on 3 July 1990, in Orange County, California, USA, and is a former professional volleyball player, but probably best known for being the wife of former professional basketball player Steve Nash. Her husband previously played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for a total of 18 seasons, with teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers.
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The Net Worth of Lilla Frederick
Lilla Frederick’s net worth is estimated at close to $1 million, earned largely during her time playing volleyball.
She also probably benefits from the success of her husband, as Steve Nash has a net worth estimated to be over $95 million. High caliber professional basketball players like Nash during his prime earned huge contracts.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Lilla grew up with four siblings in California. At a young age, she became very interested in sports, particularly swimming and volleyball. She attended Cornelia Connelly High School, and during her time there was a part of the school’s volleyball team for three years.
The school is located in Anaheim and is named after Roman Catholic founder Cornelia Connelly.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Pepperdine University, continuing her volleyball playing with the school’s team. The private university is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and is located in Malibu, California. They also have international campuses in locations such as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and more. Her time playing with the school led her to be named as a part of the WCC All-Freshman team, and in 2009, she was named to the All-WCC first team.
She competed with her team in the Pepperdine—SC Tournament, as well as the State Asics Classic. Following her graduation, she joined the TCA Volleyball Club, known for winning three National Championships since its inception in 2000. She also played for the US Junior National Team in volleyball.
Husband – Steve Nash
Steve Nash was born on 7 February 1974, in Johannesburg, South Africa, but his family moved around before settling in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
His father is a former professional soccer player, which led to him playing the sport as well. He also enjoyed ice hockey, but when he was 12 years old, was introduced to basketball. After learning the sport, he aimed to become a part of the NBA. His success during high school helped him get a scholarship in California’s Santa Clara University. He played with the university team the Broncos and helped them reach the NCAA Tournament three times. During his time with the university, he was named as the West Coast Conference Player of the Year two times.
After graduating from the university, he joined the 1996 NBA Draft, and was selected as the 15th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns. During his first few years, he made very little impact and the Suns soon lost interest, trading him to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998.
Steve Nash’s Rise to Basketball Stardom
Nash gradually improved during his time in Dallas, and during his fourth season had the makings of a star, leading him to his first NBA All-Star Game selection. With Dirk Nowitzki, he helped Dallas get to the Western Conference Finals in 2002.
After his contract ended the following year, he opted to go back to the Phoenix Suns.
In his first year back with the Suns, he helped the team reach the Western Conference finals once more, and was named as the Most Valuable Player of the entire league. He repeated that achievement the following season, and was even considered for a third run at the title in 2006-2007, but lost out to former teammate Nowitzki. He made his final three year run in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tons going on, but always excited when we can fit more footie in – hope to see everyone at #ShowdownNY; if you’re out west, join us at the @SteveNashFdn #CharityShield in L.A. this fall! Register to play #soccer or own a team + have dinner w me & friends : https://t.co/Tb1m1d2BKy pic.twitter.com/Vsaqows0Vp
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) May 16, 2019
At the end of his NBA career, he had played a total of 18 seasons, becoming an All-NBA selection seven times and was voted into the NBA All-Star game eight times. During his playing career, he never won an NBA championship. Several teams made offers for him to return to playing, but he declined due to health concerns. Instead, he became a consultant for the Golden State Warriors during their record-breaking 73-9 2016 season, and helped the Warriors win the 2017 NBA Finals. This marked his first NBA championship and ring.
Lilla wasn’t Steve’s first marriage, as he was previously married to Alejandra Amarilla. He had three children from his first marriage, which ended shortly after the birth of his third child. After dating for some time, he became engaged to Frederick in 2016 and the two were married in September that year, and have a son, Luca born in 2017. He has also been previously linked to singer Nelly Furtado due to a reference to him in a song entitled “Promiscuous”, however, Nash denied that they were ever linked in any way.