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Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:31 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 7:58 pm
Posted by Ben Golliversteve-nash

Man, it sure is a tragedy watching two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash wasting away on the also-ran Phoenix Suns. That has been the international consensus from everyone for the last year or so -- everyone except Nash and the Suns, apparently. reports that the 37-year-old Nash, who has had his name in trade rumors for years, refuses to request a trade from the Suns. 
"One, it's not my style. Maybe I'm old school, but I feel like that's not my place to give up on my team, give up on my teammates. I signed a contract and made a commitment.

"And two, I don't feel it's like choosing a restaurant. It's got to be a situation that works for two teams. And I don't know how simple that is. But before we even get to that part of it, I just feel that I owe it to my teammates to stay committed to them. I feel that I owe it to the fans and the organization to fight."

Nash is adamant: He will not go to his bosses and ask to be traded. The Suns likewise haven't budged: They insist they will not trade Nash unless he comes to them and says he can't bear another day detached from relevance.  

The Suns are just 2-4 on the young season and are almost certainly headed for the NBA Draft Lottery. Nash's numbers through six games -- 11.5 points, 8.7 assists -- are way down, although he's been dealing with a bruised rib. It's been more than a decade since his numbers have been at those levels and he's currently shooting a career-low 42.2 percent from the field.

Certainly, there's the school of thought that says it's in the best interests of basketball for Nash to hook on to a contending team, a veteran, savvy, playoff-tested point guard who can potentially push a team over the top before he hits free agency next summer. 

On the flipside, there's a noble beauty that comes with playing the tragic hero, and the desire to want out of a situation can only come within. One of the league's most respected and trusted floor generals, Nash is calling these shots too.  

It's also possible that Nash has now passed the "checkout" point of his Suns tenure. At some point over the last few years, as owner Robert Sarver turned over the roster time and again and allowed All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire to leave for New York, there must have been a moment when Nash seriously contemplated leaving the desert. That flight reflex would be natural and human. At his age and with the end of his contract approaching, though, it doesn't take a psychologist (amateur or otherwise) to realize that the pressure to stick it out and leave Phoenix and its fanbase with his head held high, knowing he gave them every possible chance to turn his talent into wins, has increased dramatically. 

The only problem with that: his clock is still ticking and he's passed the 1,000 games mark. If there's going to be a meaningful post-Suns chapter in Nash's NBA career, it needs to begin sooner rather than later. Here's hoping that team and player -- who are both reportedly too steadfast and respectful to make the first move -- realize what's at stake over the next two months and get a deal done prior to the deadline.

Category: NBA

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:45 pm

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

two time mvp means it happen in the past. nash is an old player. nothing to be ashamed about that.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:27 am

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

Classy Canadian. There are so many goofs in the NBA, but Nash is not one of them. Why wouldn't the Raptors be doing everything they can to bring this guy to Toronto? At the same time, it would be great to see Nash get a Championship. Nash on the Celtics or Lakers would be cool.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:49 am

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

How many parents did Steve Nash have growing up ? I'm betting two. earned, not entiled. It's a concept that punks never learned.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:23 am

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

I've always liked Steve Nash. Now I respect him. Well played, sir. Thanks for being an exampleof maturity and ethics in a league where those things are in very short supply (see DeMarcus Cousins).

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:46 am

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

Raptorsdelight , has not been to a montreal Canadiens game at the old forum or molson center , to make that comment

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:41 am

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

well good for nash. he signed a contract and wants to honor his word. that is the minority action, in sportss, but the right one.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:43 pm

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

ben golliver and steve nash need to get a room.

wow Nash is loyal to a fault, as if that is admirable.   Steve Nash needs to do what's best for him, the same way the Suns are going to do what's best for them.   a guy like derek fischer is going to have 5 rings and steve nash will have none.   that is a freaking crime.    wise up nash, get down off your cross and get that ring.  

Nash would look great in a heat uniform.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:57 pm

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

Steve Nash embodies the kind of player that other players want on their team. He's obviously one of the most unselfish players ever to play the game, he makes the players around him better and gets the best out of them, he's a leader, and now he's showing them a loyalty that says, despite the Sun's record and Nash's diminishing chances to get a championship ring before he retires, he's going to stick it out and share the successes and failures that come with the guys he's with now. That is so admirable. For the fans, having the star player not willing to give up and go somewhere else when things aren't going so well, just elevates his legacy. Finally, as a man, he signed a deal with the Suns organization to play for them and give his all for a given number of seasons, and until that time is up, he'll be true to that agreement.That says an awful lot about his character. Other players- Dwight Howard included- would do well to emulate that sense of personal responsibility. All of this is a part of what makes Steve Nash such a class act.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:06 pm

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

I've been a 15 year fan of the Suns in the desert and cannot recall another player so loyal to his team.  He's beyond a class act - a role model for athletes in today's age.  As a Suns fan, I honestly hope management can trade him to a contender in order to bring his career to a crecendo as it winds down.  We've been blessed with his selfless play for six seasons and admire him to a point where we all want what is best for him.  A rare, heartfelt relationship with an entire city.  Any team getting his services will realize what a class act this individual is.   

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:51 pm

Steve Nash: I won't request trade from Suns

man Canadians are classy

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