Sunday 23rd April 2017,
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Steve Nash’s Loyalty with The Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash never wanted to hear about his name being part of trade discussions. He never wants to flirt about the thought of playing on another team or winning a championship. He has done that before with the Dallas Mavericks and came back empty handed.

Phoenix would always be his home, his city his comfort zone. A place he built his dreams with and a place he sees his number retired. There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of promising potential on a young roster that it’s hard to let this all go. They are just three wins away from the Western conference eight spot. This is not the time to give up. Nash knows the race is still not won, and he will take this team to where he could get them… Back to the playoffs, back to winning games…

Losing Amare Stoudemire last summer proved to be one of the deepest holes the Suns tried to cover. It’s hard to find a double-double guy who provides the team’s defensive presence and the same time a scoring threat. But it wasn’t a question about loyalty it was just a case of Amare asking for a guaranteed contract without conditions and strings attached. Amare could have stayed with Nash. However, he would never know how to run a team like he is doing now with the Knicks. Steve values loyalty a lot, a trait that influences everybody in the team. Like Grant Hill who signed an extension even though other teams offered him a more lucrative contract. It is not all about winning and legacies are built not by whom you are but how many lives you have touch.

As far as Steve Nash is concern the season is still young and anything can still happen. They are an explosive team with Vince Carter and Grant Hill. Getting traded is the last thing on Steve’s mind. This is a new challenge, a test of his leadership and going out means going the easy way. It’s not how Nash wanted, It’s not he was brought up.

President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby’s said that Nash is ‘the sun, the moon and the stars’ of the franchise. And Steve only responded with a smile because long before he was the sun, the moon and the stars, Phoenix was already his world.

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