There’s a different swagger on Steve Nash’s gestures lately. It has been 6 years since he formed a different kind of friendship that transcends towards a unique partnership on the court with Amare Stoudemire and now Steve will be running the Suns up tempo offense without Amare’s 23.1 points per game with 9 rebounds and a defensive presence on the paint.
I don’t blame the Suns for not giving Amare the last two years full guaranteed contract on a 5 year deal. It’s just that Amare has been through a lot of wear and tear on his career going through operations on both knees and a repaired retina. Stoudemire who jump from high school to the NBA at age 18 could have been beneficial for him to go to college and play 30 games for his body to gradually adjust rather than playing 80 full games. It has been like that with Jermaine O’neal and Kevin Garnett and the Suns wouldn’t risk such action especially with their franchise anchored on a 36 year old point guard that will eventually retire two years from now.
This is a different challenge for Steve Nash as the aging veteran will once again dig deeper on his pockets to produce the 23.1 points and 9 rebounds vacated by Stoudemire. Hakim Warrick the Suns new edition is only a fraction of the solution and the 37 year old Grant Hill is a good help but for how long does his old legs would take him? Losing Amare is inevitable and finding the right fit without breaking the chemistry is still a question. So David Lee enters the picture. I know Amare is way too talented to be compared to Lee but Lee’s 20.2 ppg and 11.7 rebounds is not that bad at all in fact it’s fairly the same with Amare. David is a perfect fit for the Suns run and gun show having played with the same system under Mike D’Antoni in New York and is a more team player who is really good in setting screens and cutting to the basket. He is a hardworking center who gets most of his points in offensive rebounds and hassle plays and a much fresher legs at 27 years old.
Steve Nash would never entertain thoughts of demanding a trade. He had meticulously mold this team to his own mentality defying every odds and playing every game as a unit and with one lost sheep he wouldn’t sacrifice the herd. He wouldn’t trade his bond and loyalty even for his dream of winning a championship ring. This is a new challenge for Nash and it’s a challenge for him to prepare his team for bigger battles ahead but they need all the help they can get and first step is to sign David Lee.