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Nash Gold Jr. is one of the main antagonists in the Kuroko no Basuke EXTRA GAME sequel. He is a member of the famous American street basketball team named Jabberwock which will go up against Kuroko, Kagami and the Generation of Miracles. He is the team's point guard and captain. He is nicknamed as the "Magician" (魔術師(マジシャン) Majishan).

Appearance

Gold has golden-blond medium long hair and a double piercing in his left ear, he is a all white male, although being able to speak Japanese rather well. He has tribal tattoo on the left side of his neck and left arm. He is tall for his position, having the same build as Kagami. He wears the jersey number 4. His height is the same as Kagami's.

Personality

Gold has a two-faced personality. Off the court he is quite calm, polite and even charming. But as a player on the court he is cruel, rude and probably the most arrogant in the team. His arrogance totally humiliated the opposing Team Strky and enraged those who are watching as he spat on Kasamatsu's hand instead of giving him a handshake and even compared the Japanese people to monkeys, telling them to give up on basketball and kill themselves. Because he thinks too highly of himself and his team, he didn't back down from Kagetora Aida's challenge and plans to make him pay in another way once he chickens out.

Aside from that, he seems to have a darker personality when he gets serious. This can be seen when he revealed his "Belial Eye" to Akashi. Gold becomes more arrogant, saying that not even God can beat him.

Despite his bad attitude it seems Gold knows when he has been beaten, as shown when he acknowledges that Team Vorpal Swords was the stronger team while Silver was enraged.

Story

LAST GAME

Gold arrives at the Tokyo airport with his team to be greeted by journalists and photographers who came to greet them into their country. When Silver teases one of the female interviewers, Gold steps in and answers the interviewer's question instead by telling her that they are looking forward to the game and that everyone should come to watch them play.[1] Gold, Silver and the rest then meet with Kagetora who is their official guide. The group then leaves to sightsee Japan and go into a cabaret club, which Kagetora remembers being left in a horrible condition after their visit.

Gold's fast dribble

On the day of the match, Gold's team is announced onto the court with a big cheer from the crowd. The match begins and Jabberwock is in control of the ball. Gold dribbles the ball but Kasamatsu marks him, trying to stop him from advancing. Gold dribbles the ball with lightning speed, mocking his opponent in the process by making the ball disappear like a magic trick before punching the ball with his elbow to his teammate who catches it and scores.[2]

The match continues with Jabberwock being in the possession of the ball and mocking the opponent team. Aomine, Kagami and the rest who are watching a broadcast of the game notice that Jabberwock's style of play completely disrespects their opponents, making them seem completely worthless, even making the audience not enjoy the match even if they wanted to.[3]

Gold and his team accepts Kagetora's challenge

The match finally ends with the score of 86 - 6, Jabberwock's win. The audience is surprised but are also amazed at their strength. Kasamatsu approaches Gold for a handshake but at the same time an interviewer approaches Gold as well, asking him to give his thoughts on the match. Gold tells her that the match almost made him puke and then compares the Japanese people to monkeys. Monkeys who sumo wrestle would get beaten by humans in their natural sport, the same applying to basketball. Gold spits on Kasamatsu's outstretched hand as he tells everyone to kill themselves and to give up on basketball.[4]

Kagetora, angered by Gold and his team, proposes a revenge match in a weeks time, which Gold accepts.

Skill

Gold's skillset is such that he can keep at bay a team like Vorpal Swords by himself.

Along with Silver, Gold is said to be on a level that's beyond the Generation of Miracles. Described as an all-around player and also said to spent countless hours on his fundamentals, Gold has earned himself the nickname the "Magician" due to his irregular movements and erratic plays. Although not as physically strong as Jason Silver, his body is still in top shape. Gold has possession of other skills that can restrain his opponents, including Akashi's Emperor Eye and Perfect-Rhytmed Plays. He accomplishes this by using his amazing sleight of hand while dribbling and passing. And also by covering passing courses which prevents the offense from gaining momentum. As he demonstrated by preventing Akashi to put his teammates into the Zone. Kagetora suggests that Gold most likely got his skills through repeated rigorous training at a young age with a masterful coach.

Streetball Handles

Gold can dribble the ball at a very high level which is difficult for the defender's eyes to follow, making it extremely difficult to steal. Because of the speed the ball is moving, along with the many feints, this gives an illusion that the ball has vanished into thin air. This skill enables him to confuse the opponent, making them believe that the ball has disappeared without a trace. This helps him pass the ball, such as a behind the back elbow pass without even looking, and performing between the legs and getting by the defender. 

Disguising Preparatory Movements/High Speed Passes

Gold's No Motion Pass

Whenever a player is about to make an action, whether sudden or powerful, there will always be a sign as an indicator to it, which is known as Preparatory Movement. Reacting to the opponents' preparatory movement is essential in order to determine and stop their action. However, since Gold has developed his fundamentals to a very high level, he is able to conceal his preparatory movements, making him impossible to predict. Doing this while passing almost always leads to a basket. For those on the sidelines during the "Last Game", making out the no motion pass was near impossible, to the point where they believed the ball teleported. To Kise and the others, the no motion pass was also virtually invisible. This means there is a late reaction from the defense to stop the offense every time. Because of this unique technique he is nearly impossible to defend against. The only ones who could see through Gold's concealed movements are players like Akashi when he uses his Emperor Eye to predict his movements.

Demon Eye

A close-up of Gold's eye

Gold has great court awareness and observational capabilities to predict the movements of others. However, Gold only uses his Eye as a last resort, whenever he feels that Jabberwock has been pushed back into a corner. Though similar to Akashi's Emperor Eye, according to Gold, its mechanics are different and is known as the Demon Eye. The Demon Eye possesses similar abilities to Izuki's Eagle Eye, Takao's Hawk Eye, Kuroko's Quasi-Emperor Eye and Akashi's Emperor Eye.This ability alone makes Gold even more difficult to defeat.

However, when Akashi finally completed his Emperor Eye, the only flaw of Gold's Belial Eye was exposed, which is that he can merely see all the players on the entire court, and what he has to do is simply follow his best possible body movement and passing pattern to predict the future ahead of him since they both have the same eyes.

  • Wide Field of Vision: With his Demon Eye, he can see the entire court. Gold can easily see openings in defenses, as shown when he no-motion passed the ball to his teammate Nick without Midorima suspecting a thing. Simply put, by utilizing his Demon Eye, Gold can immediately make passes the moment he predicts that his teammate is unguarded. Gold can do that without having to look at his target, something the Emperor Eye can't do according to Akashi. Also Gold's vision covers his blind spots, as he was able to double clutch from a dunk into a layup while drawing in the foul from Kagami to create a three-point play.
  • Ankle Break Dribble: Like Akashi, Gold can perform the Ankle Break, a high-level speed dribble that disrupts his opponent's balance and makes them stumble to the ground. This situation occurs when the opponent's center of gravity is on their pivot leg while they're turning. Players collapsing due to this rarely occurs under normal circumstances. However, with his Demon Eye, Gold can predict the moment his opponent is unbalanced, allowing him to perform this technique with ease even breaking Akashi's ankles.
  • Double Clutch: Gold can also perform a Double Clutch, a technique where the player with the ball initially goes for a layup or dunk but then switches the ball from one hand to the other then make a layup. The purpose is to deceive the defender, making them think you were going for a dunk or a layup. When Gold uses this technique in conjunction with his Demon Eye he can easily predict the movements of the defender and draw in fouls while making the shot.

Refined Orthodox Style

In the last minutes in the fourth quarter against Team Vorpal Swords, Gold is shown to switch from movements that use flashy tricks to a refined orthodox style that doesn't waste any moves. When Gold utilizes every aspect of his game such as his technique, speed, and power; he is next to unstoppable to defeat. One can say that it is his "true form". In this state, he could dribble past the other Akashi, perform an ankle break on Midorima and most of all dunk on Kagami – who was in the Zone at that time.[5]

Trivia

  • Gold is likely based on NBA player Steve Nash. The two share their name, height, weight, and position.
    • However, from what he have shown based on his play style, it can be said that he is based on the former NBA player Bob Cousy instead. In addition to play style, the two also share similar nicknames; Gold is the "Magician" while Bob Cousy is "The Houdini of the Hardwood".
    • While there has been no NBA player with a surname of Gold, LA Lakers' uniform does feature golden color for their primary home uniform as well as purple for away uniforms, which is the team where Nash finished his playing career.
  • Nash Gold Jr seiyuu, Hikaru Midorikawa previously voicing Kaede Rukawa in anime Slam Dunk. There are similarities between Nash Gold Jr and Rukawa: both professional Basketball players and both stars in their team.
  • Gold's birthday is the same day as the United States' Independence day.
  • According to BRIGHT COLORS (One Random):
    • His favorite food is Seafood Pizza
    • His hobby is water sports
    • His speciality is boxing
    • His motto is: "Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door"

References

  1. EXTRA GAME chapter 1, page 8
  2. EXTRA GAME chapter 1, page 22
  3. EXTRA GAME chapter 1, page 25
  4. EXTRA GAME chapter 1, page 28
  5. Kuroko no Basuke EXTRA GAME', chapter #8

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