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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  45 responses

Steve Nash on the Suns: The End May Be Nigh

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! Sports about 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.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Truth hurts.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Boston Celtics backup.

  • Colin_England

    Start over, I was so sad agter the run and gun days and now I just find them hard to watch. Even with Nash still there and a Shaq playing well, there’s just something I can’t put my finger on that makes me dislike this team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Don’t forget “Hall of Fame lock,” Moose.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I was just thinking wishfully, Mr. Jones.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ah. I thought it was a diss. Fair play by you then, Mr. Moose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Although there’s no way in hell that Steve Nash is backing up Rajon Rondo.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Have things gotten bad enough to where we can start saying, “Free Steve Nash”?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I know that it’s not gonna happen. Sorry about the misunderstanding, Ryan. Again, just wishful thinking :) .

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Shaquille O’Neal: Dynamiting Franchises Since 1995.

  • Coconut

    Wow Nash really knows what he’s saying! I like that he doesn’t use the cliché’s most players use: “You know man we just gotta go out there and play basketball knowwhaamsayin, play hard and have some fun man…” next question – same answer…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It Is What It Is™

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    Nash should come and play in Europe(for Olympiakos of course…!!) he is getting a little bit slower but this won’t be a problem for the more normal rythm here. And his basketball IQ and shooting would make him a better version(since he is in a better shape now)than Jasikevicious.

  • Andy

    To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where else Nash would fit in. He’s on the best PGs of the last 10-15 years, I’d say, but he’s committing a lot of turnovers this season, which are all the more noticable in the substantially slower offence of Porter. The obvious destination is New York but 1) Duhon is doing a surprisingly decent job and 2) the Knicks are hardly likely to offer him a big deal in the midst of the 2010 mega sale.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    ^please stop

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Steve needs to go ahead a sip some pina coladas on the beach somewhere with whatever Brazilian model Tom Brady isn’t with at that time.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Since Nash is always daydreaming about d’Antoni and the “old days” does anyone think he’d take less money to go to NYC? He’ll be getting up there in age and might nothave too many potential suitors… I think its definitely a possibility.

  • Felix

    Marc Cuban is going to replace Jason Kidd with Steve Nash.

  • Andy

    How about Golden State?

  • a_whiteman

    Come home steve, we desperately need someone to play 20 a game behind jose!!!!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Meh

  • Young Chris MP3

    I think if they had a point guard who could stay in front of his man, they would be tough to beat in a seven game series.

  • Homie

    TAD, he married a Paraguayan model, so he doesn’t need Tom Brady’s (insert Sean Avery joke here)

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    steve nash is retardedly overrated. he is what he was in dallas, phoenix padded his stats, hes not that good, system.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    haha I can imagine how being on the Suns for Shaq is like being a summer camp counsellor: gotta look after the kids, keep them in line, play a game every once in a while, show off your facial hair.

  • Jay

    Nash will sign with the Knicks summer of 2010 along with 1 or 2 superstars has been the rumor I’ve been hearing for a few months now.

  • http://nba.com Big J

    Tarzan he is not entirely overrated he can lead a team with his amazing court vision and he can still shoot lights so teams still want him

  • http://www.illoz.com/michaelcho/?section=portfolios&gallery_id=1198 M Cho

    Its sad to see the slow disintegration of the Suns. I put a lot of the blame on Steve Kerr, but Matrix and his whining is what started this whole chain of events.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    Ciolk – I think NY is the most likely destination for Nash if this Amar’e and Nash for Calderon, Bosh trade happens (which won’t but thats the crazy rumor going around the PHO)

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    doesn’t**

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    M Cho
    Damn, you’re going to blame Marion?
    I think that’s silly. The team failed because the team failed. Every player had a flaw and they caught some bad breaks in the playoffs. It happens. It’s not one person’s fault, it’s every players’ fault in my mind. Plus, it’s Mike D’s fault.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Big J: Tarzan is the local idiot. No need to refute him. It’s sort of just, “let him speak and ignore it as usual”

  • http://www.illoz.com/michaelcho/?section=portfolios&gallery_id=1198 M Cho

    Allenp:
    For real? I don’t blame D’antoni at all. He coaches his system and it worked. Marion with all his complaints about not being The Man spoiled the atmosphere on a team that was winning 55+ games a year. IMHO, he forced a trade, and Kerr got Shaq for him. Which is like putting a bear in with a pack of fast running deer. That’s what started this slow decline into the dustbin of hoops history.

    I gotta wonder how happy Matrix is, right now, though. Now he probably realizes how good he had it in phoenix.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    You can’t win titles when your two best players play no defense. That’s why the Suns led by Nash and Amare didn’t get to the finals.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Okay some quick thoughts:
    1) People are longing for a Suns team that never existed. They were always fun to watch but never a serious, serious contender.
    2) Shaq has been their best player so far. It would be stupid NOT to go to him.
    3) Sorry Ryan, Nash would be backing up Rondo in Beantown at this point in his career. Matador defense wouldn’t sit well with KG.

  • http://spaceshipjay/myspace.com Spaceship Jay

    I love how Russ Bengtson’s 1st comment is so overlooked. Penny the “Whiner”… Kobe the “A***ole”… Wade the “Leader”(and that’s no offense to Wade, he’s a beast!)… and now Nash is the “Honest spokesman”… Sigh.

  • Ken

    Trade Amare. He’s fading away with Shaq getting so many touches.

  • Dejan Bodiroga

    is it me or are the suns like a veteran dream team? Shaq ,nash ,hill (richardson also looks old)
    they need to bring a younger A level player if they want to have a shot at the title. Nash should better go: he used to be the best but not any more, still dominating the suns game makes it predictable, cannot utilize effectively amare and the shooters.he is not fast enough and has trouble defending fast point guards.He would be great for Lakers or Pistons

  • Gaz

    Yeah I agree, Hursty and BETCATS are fairly homosexual.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    M Cho
    Is Nash’s constant pining for the good old days hurting the team? How about Raja and Diaw’s bad attitudes that forced mid-season trades?
    Nobody on the Suns team during their run was perfect, people forget that. Marion did a lot of the dirty work on that team. Was his attitude the best, nah, but it’s ridiculous to try to blame him for the team’s downfall.
    That would be like me blaming Nash’a lack of defense.
    Or Amare’s inability to rebound and defend.
    Or injuries
    Or the refs.
    Or D’Antoni’s refusal to hold his team accountable on defense, develop a bench, or create a backup plan when the game slowed down in the playoffs.
    Bottom line, Marion effed up and everybody else on the team effed up. Marion got made into a scapegoat, which was unfair to him.

  • Monkeyball

    Why has Shaq never gotten the beef he deserves for “dynamiting franchises since 1995″? It’s completely true. He alienated Penny Hardaway and then left Orlando. He couldn’t get along with Kobe. Yes, the Lakers won a lot. Yes, Shaq is an all-time great talent. But he has underachieved in terms of career accomplishments because of his selfishness and lack of class. He has been throwing dirt at Miami, and now even at his current team.

  • http://www.illoz.com/michaelcho/?section=portfolios&gallery_id=1198 M Cho

    Allenp: dude, you make a good case there. When you’re done blogging, you oughta consider being a lawyer.

    Didn’t know Bell had a bad attitude, though. That one’s new to me. Amar’e's lack of D was always a big drawback on that team.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I still stipulate that had the PHX line up of yesteryear (ie with marion) won 1 CHAMPIONSHIP it wouldn’t have mattered…they would probably still be together as that unit. D’Antoni would probably still be around also…. The PHOENIX organisation have been trying to remake themselves one or two pieces at a time… whats going here is what a lot of teams go through – revamp your roster and maintain (or improve) your ability to compete on any given night. Atlanta, Boston, Los Angelese and Utah have done it the most effectively in recent years and Detroit, San Antonio and Phoenix are the ‘older line-ups’ now facing this quandry. If not this year then next…where do you phase out an older competent player for NOW to usher in the younger, mistake making promise for tomorrow?

  • Andy

    Dacre, I agree completely, but who’s going to be the one brave enough to take Nash out of PHX’s starting five, when that time comes? Especially when their back-up is Dragic.

  • Blinguo

    JKidd wants to play until he’s 40 and might get that chance, while nobody here can figure a situation(or agree on a good reasonable fit at least) where Nash can even play outside of Phoenix right now if they break up after this season. Crazy. Nash for Marbury tomorrow, straight up? (don’t flame me for not knowing contracts and situations on the fly, stat junkies)

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