I’ve had a couple days to digest the Phoenix Suns trading Steve Nash to the Lakers…yes the Lakers. All the Suns fans I talk to are heartbroken. They have suffered and played second fiddle to all the Lakers’ glory. The last thing they wanted to see was the best player in franchise history get traded to the enemy. Do I blame Nash? No. He went to Suns Management and asked for the trade to LA and team owner Robert Sarver made the deal happen. In this case, the needs of the many (Team and Suns fans) should have out-weighed the needs of the few or the one (Nash).
Nash gets everything he wanted, a three year deal worth roughly 27 million, location to be close to his family and a chance to win an NBA Title with Kobe Bryant. In exchange, The Suns get four draft picks – two first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and two second rounders in 2013 and 2014. The reality, the Lakers are good every year, so expect those picks to be late picks. And historically, the Suns have not struck gold with late picks.
Back to the decision by team owner Robert Sarver, it was a terrible move. Good teams don’t play nice in free agency. Their tough, scrupulous and play to win, something the Suns Owner has lost sight of. Not to mention, he just angered and alienated his dwindling fan base. I would have had no problems if the Suns traded Nash to the Knicks or Mavericks or anyone else, but not the Lakers, the team’s biggest rival.
The Sun essentially assured themselves of four losses against the Lakers next year and gave Kobe Bryant the best point guard he’s ever played with. Scary thought. The Lakers are a great team, now with Nash running the offense they might be the next NBA Champions. So in Robert Sarver’s time as owner, the Suns’ big three of Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash were shown the door. A team that was in the Western Conference Finals a little over two years a go, has totally been dismantled. Go Robert go.
It’s a very sad time to be a Suns fan. I hate writing this. But here it is – the Suns are no longer a force in the NBA. While Stunning Steve makes his playoff run with the Lakers, the Suns will probably go through a very tough season and won’t make the playoffs for the third year in a row. The fall guy will be Coach Alvin Gentry, whose operating on a one year contract. I hope that won’t be the case because you won’t find a better coach or person than Alvin. But, like any coach he’s a product of what’s he given to work with and right now, it’s not good enough. So I wish Steve Nash well, he’s a class act all the way. And we’ll miss him more than he’ll ever know. Joe Pequeno over and out!