Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  24 responses

Steve Nash: Still Mad at Stu Jackson

Steve wishes another person would’ve been running the show before the Grizzlies left Vancouver (video here): “I think the team was unfairly taken and I think the commissioner would probably agree with that – at the time it was probably difficult for him to feel that way, but they had one general manager in the history of the franchise and they never succeeded. I think the city deserved another chance – another general manager, some fresh blood, an opportunity to succeed, and see how the fans and corporate sponsors responded. I thought that the fans were great considering they were a losing franchise, perennially so. It’s a shame and I think all of the players feel that way.”

(h/t: True Hoop)

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  • T Money

    I thought this was about the whole leaving the bench incident.

  • TC

    Man, those Grizzles really did suck donkey balls….

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Kudos Steve Francis!

  • Levi

    we need a team in vancouver!

  • Homie

    There’s a reason his nickname up here was Stu-pid. Nice guy – decent, family man, class act, but not the greatest GM.

  • lawlow

    yay steve nash!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Are they still paying Big Country?

  • Homie

    And the other thing is, I don’t think Steve’s still mad at Stu, it’s just that the press keeps asking about it, even after 8 years. I’ll be the first to admit we were screwed, but can we move on people?

  • jdubbs29

    Vancouver is a great city, but I can’t see them supporting a b-ball team. They’d be better off with a 2nd NHL franchise…they town is hockey crazy.

  • doyouwantmore

    No way, J-Dubbs. It’s a hockey town, but could totally have supported a b-ball team. The problem was the owner! The team got no promotion and no support. No one ever tried to get anything close to a real draw for people to come and see and the Grizzlies were practically invisible on the street and in the media. We got robbed. Vancouver is due for another shot at a team. Throw us a bone. Give us the Clippers or something, Stern!

  • Clark

    They should get the Kings. Sac Town is done with them…

  • http://fjdklf.com Jukai

    Considering how many times Stu Jackson has screwed over Steve Nash, I’m not really that surprised.

  • Tom

    I think if they had Isiah Thomas up there running the show it would be the most sucsessful franchis ever.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    gotta agree wit doyouwantmore on this one vancouver would actually be better off with a bball team or even a baseball team. Vancouver is not really a hockeytown. Vancouver, if given the right oppuortunity, could embrace their team in a huge way

  • Dave

    agreed, vancouver needs a bball team for when i move there.
    come on we need a team.

    the closest to me will be portland, that is ridiculous!

  • AL 29

    Even Toronto can’t hold onto top-tier talent, and it’s a much larger market than Vancouver. Really, which superstars would have voluntarily signed with Vancouver? The team was here from 1995 to 2001, and who were our biggest names? Mike Bibby and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Great players have a choice of location in today’s league, and no great NBA player, except for Nash, would choose Vancouver as a place to build his career. Meanwhile, Carter, Stoudamire, McGrady and Marcus Camby have all passed through T-Dot before moving to bigger money. I love the NBA and I live in Vancouver and frankly, the game does not belong here… it belongs in Seattle.

  • AL 29

    And let me just say one more thing: it’s one thing to attract big names, it’s another to create a winning culture that motivates those players to perform at their highest levels and strive for a championship. Vancity is a nice enough town to attract Baron Davis, but seriously, would he step-up here? As Michael Heisley and Donald Sterling demonstrate, an NBA franchise can turn a profit without winning games, and I suspect if we ever get another team, that’s exactly what we’ll get- the type of team that signs Allen Iverson to fill seats.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @The underrated one – OK. That is plain silliness. I agree: Vancouver can support a basketball franchise. But…. it’s not really a hockeytown!? Don’t pretend you know the city if you clearly haven’t spent 5 minutes in it!

  • danglez

    Hiesley = shady, lying, good-for nothing piece of crap who basically ‘effed Vancity when he said he wouldn’t move the team if he bought it. Then went ahead and moved the Grizz when he actually bought it.

    Vancity is more than capable of supporting an NBA team. Like Memphis’ attendance was any better. No disrespect to the city of Memphis but… Our team was stolen!

    Just like the Sonics were stolen by Oklahoma!
    Where’s the love for the Pacific North West?!?!

  • chintao

    I don’t think we have the entire equation in front of us. The Grizzlies had the second-worst attendance last year (only the Kings were worse). In fact, there were more people (563,218) in attendance at Grizzlies games in Vancouver in 2000-2001 than there were in attendance in Memphis in 2008-2009 (509,806). The missing piece of the puzzle is the sweetheart arena deal that the Grizzlies have in their new hometown. For that reason (and possibly others relating to marketing in the U.S. versus Canada), while fewer people attend games, revenue is up. What does all this mean? It probably means that Vancouver’s fans are better than the fans in Memphis; however, the local government is more supportive in Memphis. [Sources include forbes.com, basketball.ballparks.com, and espn.com]

  • TO

    I bet Steve Francis didn’t feel that way!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Jhaney

    Steve Nash is overrated anyway. He is a good point guard, but in my opinion not good enough to get MVP of the league not only onnce, but twice? Go figure that one out. But they did the right thing by moving that team out of Vancouver. Good city, but not a basketball city.

  • Homie

    don’t forget that the Canadian dollar was at 65 cents US when the Grizz left. Now it’s about 90-95. Makes a big difference in revenue.

  • http://www.nextgg.com DMC14

    maybe they shoulda played on ice.