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Steve Nash

L.A. Is a TERRIBLE

Place to Raise Kids

5/30/2013 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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5:20 PM -- Both sides have rested their case, which is now in the hands of the judge. We're told a ruling could take up to 60 days.

4:30 PM -- Nash
just finished his turn on the stand ... saying his ex-wife has been making it EXTREMELY difficult to see his kids in Phoenix ... so it makes NO SENSE that she wants to move to L.A. so they can see him more often.

Nash said he sees the kids in Arizona at LEAST as much as would in L.A. ... and maintained that her only motivation for moving is so California courts can nail him for child support -- which he says would really only support her lavish taste.

“A major reason we divorced was her incessant spending, social climbing, materialism,” he said.

Nash testified about several occasions when Alejandra made it difficult for him to see 8-year-old twin girls Lola and Bella, and 2-year-old son Matteo Joel … including a Christmas homestand, when Nash wanted his girlfriend to escort the kids on a flight to L.A.

“She had none of that,” Nash said.

Nash said he can totally afford child support ... he just doesn't want it to ruin his kids: “I don’t want my high-privileged lifestyle ... to be an artificial environment.”

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Steve Nash
-- who plays for the LOS ANGELES Lakers -- just trashed L.A. in open court ... claiming the City of Angels is NO PLACE to raise a family.

Nash slammed L.A. on the stand in his legal war with ex-wife Alejandra ... saying point blank, "I don't want my kids to grow up in L.A."

Raising kids in L.A.

  • Good idea
  • Bad idea
Nash said he would consider raising his kids in San Diego ... but only because "it's a different lifestyle."

Of course, Alejandra doesn't believe that -- she thinks Steve's trying to block her from moving the kids to L.A. because the Arizona courts aren't making him pay a penny in child support and he's afraid a California judge would nail him.

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16.

Carl    

There are plenty of areas of LA that are good family areas with normal people. If he wants to play up the stereotype nonsense it would be just as easy to claim that Arizona summers are extremely hot and dangerous for children.

324 days ago
17.

Mazor    

He's 100% right. The LA Unified school district is the worst in the country all it does is train gangsters. The city is a ****hole full of rude narcissists and criminals.

324 days ago
18.

Stupidposts    

Any city will have it's good parts and bad parts. Not every part of LA is as bad as it is portrayed in tv and movies. Not everyone is is as bad either.

324 days ago
19.

Carmen    

Steve your really starting to get on my nerves and I don't even know you personally. LA is a great place for kids. I have nothing but positive memories growing up in LA. The kids will love all the amusement parks, beaches and snowboarding in Big Bear there's just so much to do as a family in LA/California. Its sad because Nash kids are going to read all of this mess one day. Stop fighting with your ex-wife and be a good positive father to your kids.

324 days ago
20.

Mazor    

Oh and I forgot to mention the city is full of immoral parasitic jews like harvey that will try to exploit you in any way they can.

324 days ago
21.

yellowpumps17    

Ok I admit it Steve is right but don't keep fighting your going to have to pay child support for just living in Cali go away and let Alejandra ( cute name by the way) live her life with HER kids

324 days ago
22.

Jenn    

So why doesn't he retire from the NBA and fight for primary custody? Then he can move wherever he wants. He wants to continue to rake in his huge salary while she raises the kids and then dictate where she should be allowed to do it. That's just not right.

324 days ago
23.

Lucky_130    

SAN DIEGO IS A HELLHOLE!!! Between LA and SD, I say, How could Hell be any worse?

324 days ago
24.

Brian    

That was dumb of Steve Nash to say. Sure lots of poor areas in LA are bad for raising a family but if you have money it's as good as any other city.

324 days ago
25.

jus do it    

If u were born n raised here at a certain point u do wana move out of state.n for the people who wana move here stick to mtv n tmz stay in ur lil town this city is for the strong only.

324 days ago
26.

Gargamel    

I agree Steve.

324 days ago
27.

Comanchegurl    

Dude trashing ur city isn't cool

324 days ago
28.

melbrooks    

well then get the f*** out and take your squeaky ass side show with you

324 days ago
29.

Mee    

WRONG, where is his RESEARCH on L.A. specifically ?
MAYBE SHOULD SEND HIS SLUTTY EX & KIDS TO A HOLY COMMUNITY BUT THE DEVIL WILL TOUCH THEM THERE TOO

324 days ago
30.

nof    

Steve told me once they're not even his kids.


They're like the assistant mechanics' down at Midas.

324 days ago
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