The questions have been circling Steve Nash for years now. After Amare Stoudemire headed to NYC, it became apparent the Phoenix Suns were definitely not a championship team. At the moment, they are best described as a bottom-of-the-barrel squad.
Nash is clearly the ace on this roster being paid over $11 million for the 2011-2012 season, but really is money all that matters to this 37-year-old veteran? Nash wants to win. He is known as a fierce competitor and was the 2005 and 2006 MVP of the league averaging 14.5 ppg, 14.5 apg, and 43% behind the 3-point arc. Those are serious numbers. Yet, the one number that still eludes Nash is a championship ring. Zero.
When asked why he doesn’t ask for a trade Nash responds, Do I go in and say, ‘Trade me to a top two or three team?’ I think it’s a lot more difficult than people think.”
Yet, if the LeBron, Anthony, CP3, and Stoudemire trades the last 2 seasons have shown us anything it is that sometimes it is exactly that easy. The real question Nash might be asking himself is if he is willing to take a pay cut to get a championship ring. Since he’s on the back-end of his career, he will likely have to go the path of Jason Kidd and lower his asking price to play on a top tier team.
When pressed on the subject Nash goes on to say he feels he owes it to the owners and players of Phoenix to build their team into a winner as opposed to heading to another situation to win. Wow, this is a stark contrast to most of the quality players in the NBA today who have teamed up in spots like Boston, Dallas, and most recently Miami to try and build championship worthy teams.
Is Nash that naïve? That loyal? Or that old that he still thinks that’s how the NBA works. These days it’s all-for-one and one-for-all in the NBA and teams are simply stay-overs on careers that players sculpt around money, goals, and needs. Maybe Nash is simply a good guy in a league that sold-out long years ago.
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