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Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 1:55 pm  |  15 responses

Steve Nash Thinks Phoenix Suns Can Be a ‘Surprise Team’ This Season


Now that Steve Nash is a Laker, just about everyone thinks the Phoenix Suns will be terrible. Well, everyone but the former Suns point guard and the man brought in to fill his shoes (Goran Dragic). Per Yahoo! Sports: “Phoenix Suns fans recently eating at a local Mexican restaurant found it curious when they saw their beloved former point guard Steve Nash dining with his replacement Goran Dragic. Several of those fans let Nash know what they felt about him leaving to join the rival Los Angeles Lakers. Some fans ‘were saying, ‘Steve come back, Steve come back,’ Dragic said. ‘Other fans were saying, ‘Steve we got a new point guard now and we are going to beat your ass.’ [...] Dragic will need time to get used to seeing Nash in a Lakers uniform, especially considering how much Nash used to detest the Lakers. ‘I was shocked,’ Dragic said. ‘Every time we played against the Lakers he was like, ‘Let’s beat ‘em. I don’t like the Lakers.’ Now, he’s over there.’ [...] Suns coach Alvin Gentry thinks his team has the talent to be better than expected this upcoming season. Nash agrees. ‘They can be a surprise team this year,’ Nash said. ‘They brought in a lot of guys who can play. They brought in some young guys and put themselves in a position to build. I think they did a great job.’ [...]Gentry has told Dragic the Suns are ‘your team.’ Dragic ‘has a lot more confidence now than when he left here,’ Gentry said. ‘He feels like he belongs. He feels like a real solid player. We’re happy to have him. I told him, ‘We are not replacing Steve. We are starting Goran Dragic as our point guard.’ Dragic is looking forward to the challenge of finally proving himself as an every-day starter. ‘When I was a kid, I dreamed about the moment of when I’d be a starter in the NBA,’ Dragic said. ‘Everyone wants to be a starter in the NBA. …It’s going to be a real challenge for me, but I’m not scared.’”

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  • LakeShow

    I kind of agree.
    If Beasly tosses up an efficient 22 points, 7 boards. Scola plays his game. Dragic keeps improving. Wes Johnson becomes a starting caliber SG. And if The Hammer is still the hammer without Nash aiding him…… Then that’s a surprise 8th seed.
    That’s allot of IF’s and BUT’s though.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i agree with you, they got some real talent

  • Trojan AZ

    Not one starter on the Suns is a top 10 player at their position, let alone a top player in the league. Gortat is close to being a top 10 center, but according to the FoxSports.com poll he doesn’t make it in the top 10.

  • Beas weed

    If Beasley puts up an efficient 22 and 7. I haven’t laughed that hard in some time.

  • LakeShow

    Really?
    Do you have no idea what is going on here?
    Beasley, a guy with a career 15 PPG average in 27 mins, is going to a team with no go to scorer except him and you think he can’t put up over 20 PPG?
    That’s on you man.

  • Flighter

    I agree. Nash knows what he’s talking about. Suns have IQ players this time around. Oneal, Dudz, Beasley, Scola, Marshall, Dragic these guys knows what they’re doing.

    It’s ashame Suns fans insulted our one time hero Nash. To me Nash will always be a hero. I don’t care if he joined the Lakers. What he did with the blood sweat and tears he gave for Phoenix is what I will always remember.

  • Fat Lever

    “I dont know how to quit you”

  • RowdyTexan

    Look at Kobe and look at Nash. Two Great players. Former MVPS. Then look at the classiness of how they respect their teammates.

  • roscoe

    surprise! like a toy in a kids meal, but really a piece of crap that last a day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bishop.SeanMagicJuan Sean MagicJuan

    The key word is efficient. Beasley might average 24 this year, but he will shoot around 43% from the field.

  • justin05

    Yeah he may average 20 but his fg % will be so low that his ass will get benched lol. He might try to take over too much and make dumb decisions (Vince Carter anyone?)

  • Datkid

    Beasley really isn’t an “IQ Guy” but I see what you’re saying

  • Datkid

    They have a decent amount of talent. in the East they’re an 8th seed. but in the west… no. not with GS, Dallas etc running around.

  • rainman

    I would like to refer you to Smush parker

  • DMC14

    I hope so..

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