Mike D’ Antoni nods his head in appreciation after the Phoenix Suns scored100 plus points thrashing their opponent for their final season game and went on to become the NBA’s best record 62-20 in the 2004-05 season. Signing talented point guard Steve Nash from Dallas proved to be viable in their magnificent run to the post season.
Nash teams up with Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and Joe Johnson giving Nash the MVP award while Amare and Shawn were named All-stars and D’Antoni was named coach of the year.
Their run and gun offense shattered during the Western conference finals facing the defensive minded Spurs. The year after that the Suns traded Johnson for Boris Diaw and acquired the services of Raja Bell and Kurt Thomas grabbing Nash second MVP award in that season.
Mike D’ Antoni got fired after Michael Collangelo decided his system doesn’t work and opt to a more organized and set play team. Shawn Marion got traded for Shaquille Oneal and lately Boris Diaw and Rajah Bell got traded for Jason Richardson. Nash was left out and at age 35 his years in playing is coming to a close. Terry Porter the Sun’s new coach knew it would take some time to embrace his system after years of run and gun.
Amare is now demanding the ball and Shaq is asking for the post. Some who work well in D’Antoni’s system is still finding their niche and although losing Diaw and Bell could leave a gap but it’s beneficial to their careers since Diaw and Bell struggled as role players playing in Terry’s system.
Jason Richardson has to fill a bigger hole but with 20 and more points per game Jason could easily fit in.
Now Nash wanted out and wanted to be in a place where he can run and do whatever he can. He could opt out on his contract next year or be traded. Many teams would want a Steve Nash on their roster.
Mike D’ Antoni met again with his former team the Sun’s run and gun era is over and little by little Mike has learned to move on… He sees Nash and he nods to him…a sign that though things will not go our way in the end everything’s gonna be ok…That’s why moving on is called an art.
Nash will just make the best out of it.