by Marcel Mutoni

Throughout his career, Steve Nash has never shied away from pesky reporters and their pesky questions. He has always been one to share his honest opinion, whether it be on trades, the war in Iraq, or any number of other topics.

Which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s willing to admit that the end of the Suns – as presently constructed – could be in the not-too-distant future. The former MVP also spoke with Yahoo! Sportsabout the Shaq Effect:

Asked if he could imagine Kerr liquidating the Suns and starting over again, Nash confessed. “I can imagine that,” he said. “I don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility. I would imagine that we’ll be together, but if you look at it, it’s 50-50. We could make a great run at this year, or they could find an opportunity to start afresh. We’ve got a lot of older guys in here.”

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“Everyone other than Shaq plays that system, that style better,” Nash said. “It’s great to go into Shaq. We love his advantage. But if we’re going to be great, we need to have a balance. He can’t do it alone. And he doesn’t want to. We’ve got more than enough guys that are capable. But we can’t just stand and watch. Guys lose their rhythm. We lose our connectivity with one another. It’s important for us to find the balance of both.”

It remains to be seen just how far O’Neal and his soon-to-be 37 year old body can take them, but for now, the Phoenix Suns are going to ride him for all he’s worth.

Whether that will be done happily or not is another matter altogether, of course.