Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Steve Nash Likes Trades Suns Made

Despite playing for a flawed team, and the restless rumor mill, both Steve Nash and management in Phoenix and say that they will stick together through thick and thin. The Arizona Republic reports: “I’m optimistic that it can help us short- and long-term,’ Suns guard Steve Nash said. ‘It sounds like it would’ve been tough to keep J-Rich in the summer anyway so it was a chance to take a move in a new direction. I think all three of those guys are good offensive players so I don’t think that it’s going to hurt us. It gives us more size that we needed. It should be a good opportunity for us.’ Nash said the trade was an indication that management was being critical of its own summer moves. Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby was clear Nash is part of the future and all indications are that Nash is in Phoenix to stay. ‘I signed the contract extension to stay,’ Nash said. ‘I did that for a reason. I wanted to play with these guys, some of them. At least some of them were here when I signed. I still think we have a chance to be a good team. You just got to roll with it. What are my options? Quit?’ A two-time MVP could demand a trade. ‘I could be in a city that maybe doesn’t have the guys we have,’ Nash said. ‘I want to be positive and make this a great opportunity and a great season. I know a lot of people are telling me to demand a trade. If I demand one, does that mean I get to pick my team? No. It’s not that simple. Maybe somebody could explain to me the reasoning. You can’t just go in and tell management where you want to go. I signed to play here and I want to make this team a really good one.’”

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  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    This is why he is my favorite player ever.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Class act all the way.Phoenix got a lot better. Despite what people say, vince still has a lot in the tank and can more than make up for j-rich’s production. Pietrus can even start and gortat will finally get his chance. I see them making the playoffs as a 6th seed.

  • biged

    n i see them loosing in the first round…so whats the point. he was dumb to sign again.

  • Bo Diddly

    “despite what people say, vince still has a lot in the tank”.

    Er…says who? Can I just say then that, “As people rightly say, Vince DOESN’T have much in the tank, and certainly will NEVER have the mindset to help lead a team deep into the playoffs. He WILL bottle it (‘choke’ for you yanks).

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    Oh, Vince will have plenty in the tank after the Suns medical/physical therapy team are done with him. Just ask Grant Hill or Shaq or Amare, who had two microfracture surgery.
    I’m just glad they didn’t get Rashard Lewis because the Suns team can’t turn bums into winners.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @bo diddy: You sir are an idiot for thinking vince doesn’t have a lot left in the tank. He is still better than most of the starters in his position. He had a bad playoff last year but vc has always been clutch. He’s been clutch his whole life. At the end of games since toronto or nj, he was always creating even up to orlando. Vince probably leads the league aside from the usual suspects, in scoring to tie the game or to go for the lead with seconds remaining. I’m pretty sure they have a stat for that. Dude has nailed more game winners than anthony but people don’t remember. I’ll take vince any day. The system will be perfect for him because he can create unlike in orlando where he was restricted.

  • fourthree

    Class act all the way. Way to be professional. Some might say he’s a tool or that he’s just saying it coz it’s what management told him to say. But with Nash there’s a certain amount of sincerity and a general sense of affinity to his team. Some of the younger generation of players could learn a thing or two from Mr. Nash.

  • PapaBearATL

    Vince having more in the tank? From what I’ve seen, whatever is left in the tank is heavily governed. You gotta come to play every game in Phoenix, so that remains to be seen. I think Pietrus and Gortat getting more minutes will open up their games so the world can see how talented they are. Suns definitely got more out of this trade than Orlando, who lost a lot of depth that will be missed in the play-offs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Not my favourite player in the world but RESPECT.

  • AT33

    Nash should have demanded to be traded to Orlando for Nelson/Gortat/Carter and take JRich with him. I’m sure Phx would have done it. Lewis for Arenas deal is stupid.. i don’t think it’s gonna work out.

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal

    When he saidI signed the contract extension to stay,’ Nash said. ‘I did that for a reason. I wanted to play with these guys, some of them. At least some of them were here when I signed. Was he talking about Amare

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    I hope the man forgotten in this trade gets a chance to shine too. Here’s looking at you Earl Clark.

  • dsleepy21

    maybe it’s bc I’m an arenas fan but I feel like the magic got a LOT better with this trade. They gave up 2 bums in shard and wince, and got back gilbert – who is still a 20 ppg scorer, jrich, and their playmaker hedo. They will miss the defensive presence of gortat and pietrus but a good team defense philosophy that the players buy into can make up for that, no? I see one more trade on the horizon tho, maybe jameer for a decent Big. And man, do they miss matt barnes NOW.

  • http://thegoodpoint.com Sam Joynt

    Vince may have plenty left in the tank, but that has never been his problem, where he’s lacking is in the heart.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    Steve Nash Ready For Future In Politics

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  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Why is he dumb when he signs a good deal with a team that always respected him.
    Maybe he is loyal but dumb is the wrong word.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He got paid better by Phoenix then he would have by anyone else. Plus, he knows what the expectations are in Phoenix, and he likes them. That’s why he stayed.
    They kept him because he’s the face of the franchise and even if he’s not good enough to get them a ring, he can still sell tickets.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com Eboy

    @Sam Joynt thats true. Fell bad for Nash and the Suns though now their going to be struggling to get that 8th seed in the deep west.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wild..card: GOR…TAT.
    I was psyched when Dallas signed him to an offer sheet 2 offseasons ago only go be bummed out when Orlando matched the offer (good one there, Magic crew, u paid him and STILL traded him a season later… savvy)

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Royal, yes he was talking about amare. Its so funny, how he corrects himself a couple times. ….. These guys, some of these guys, guys that were here when I signed. …… Im excited to see what pietrus can do with more minutes, but they still have vince, grant, dudley, childress.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Nash is not one of my favorite players, one of the most overrated based off of pure stats and accomplishments, but for him to think he can lead this SUNS team anywhere, when he could not lead WAY MORE TALENTED SUNS teams to an NBA Finals. Nash is kidding himself and if he wants to rot away in a Suns uniform so be it, but he could have demanded that he was sent to Orlando to or some where else.

  • wilz

    The Seed did u just start watching basketball last year or what?

  • wilz

    any deal involving hedo woulda made him happy

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

    @ Tarzan… As he was saying that, he’s watching them walk out the door…
    All Nash. All Class. All the time.
    I’m glad Jukai got the first comment in.

  • r2j

    The Suns and Steve Nash will have a much improved lineup he can work with.VC/Gortat/
    R.Lopez/Dudley/Frye/Dragic/Pietrus/Warrick. He has a nice cast around him. The Suns might finish 7th seed in the Playoffs.
    Magic has J-Rich, adependable scorer and athlete. Hedo is back with Orlando but will he be what he used to be like he was 2 years ago? Earl clark will improve under Magic system cause he might see some playing time finally. Arenas will make Howard’s life a lot easier offensively but not defensively. I’m looking at Orlando as a 3 seed at best.

  • Justin

    There goes the Seed, hating on Nash again and I’m not even sure for what. Because the little white guy deservedly won MVP two seasons in a row and not one your boys? I always laugh when he brings out “overrated” to describe Nash too. Yeah, you always have to hate those overrated first ballot of Hall of Fame guys. lol On a side note, this guy has been nothing but class throughout his career and right now is the model for how a player should conduct themselves in the league

  • http://google c_cantrell

    the seed is dumb

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nash is not a little white guy.
    He’s 6’3″ and 190 pounds. That’s prototypical size for a point guard, the same height as Derrick Rose and only an inch shorter than DWade.
    I hate when people call Nash little.
    And he didn’t “deservedly” win two MVPs. He won the first one despite putting 15 and 11 with the most talented starting five in the NBA, the same starting five Marbury took to the playoffs two years prior.
    That same year, Shaq put up 22 and 10 with a Miami squad whose second best player was a second year player, and that came within one game of the NBA finals, which Nash’s team lost in five to the Spurs even with Amare dropping 35 and 11 per game.
    Shaq deserved that MVP, and the next year Nash was in the discussion with Kobe and LeBron. He won, but either of them would have been just as good a choice, and in some ways better choices.
    Just to be clear.