Back in March I wrote a post explaining how I thought Nash was disingenuous about his true desires. He claimed throughout the previous two seasons that he was a Sun[s] and wanted desperately to win a championship and retire here.
Yet immediately after the trade deadline, Nash let slip that he was interested in the possibilities elsewhere. My argument was that his comments were timed as such that lead me to believe that he simply held back talking of other teams in order to give the FO the idea that they had him in the bag. I believe it was his strategy to ensure that the FO would not trade him at the deadline so that Nash would have complete control over where he would ultimately end up, rather than letting the Suns dictate the purgatory he would face [most likely someplace like Sacramento].
Well played, Mr. Nash!
Up until a few days ago, Nash had remained relatively quiet. The typical chatter from him was the concept that while the Suns were still high on his list, but he remains open to all possibilities - with one exception. Nash clearly indicated his distaste for a certain team West of us, saying how hard it would be to don their jersey.
Apparently it wasn't difficult at all.
Back in March I took a lot of heat with my stance. Most said that I was taking Nash's comments too literally and blowing things way out of proportion. Funny thing that hindsight...
Now, well the tide has turned.
Some of you are downright angry with Nash and have already burned his jersey, changed your kids name from Nash to Kendall and won't allow that name be uttered in your home.
A few of you wish him well and hope to see him win a championship, because you are still in love and cannot fathom a life without your pass-first super fantastic team playing totally honest perfect human being.
Others fall in between. Where are you in the process?
A poll after the jump...a pole jump!I happen to grow up next to a former NBA great. The guy was a superstar - he was our franchise player. This guy had a great reputation. Anywhere you went, people had nothing but great things to say about him. The national media labeled him the nicest player in the NBA, always friendly and willing to chat and give an autograph. He was loyal and honest to a fault they said. Teammates loved him and coaches loved coaching him. He was a model citizen who was perfect in every way. When he moved into my neighborhood, I almost exploded. Here I was, this little kid that loved basketball more than my own parents [kind of kidding], and my superhero moves next door.
Ah, to be young and innocent.
Everything they said about him was true, but only partially. He was a nice guy to everyone, just not that nice to you if you knew him. He was a great teammate in public, but not real reliable in the locker room. And when it came time to be loyal, he sung like a canary - to the feds that is. The model citizen we all believed him to be turned out to be a drug addicted turncoat.
The person the public knew was very different than who he really was. He wasn't a bad guy really. When he wasn't coming down from a alcoholic coke binge, he was pretty nice and easy going. But certainly knowing him like I did showed me a lot about how we formulate opinions about our superheroes.
Steve Nash was your superhero. One of the few unselfish players, honest to a fault and loyal till the end. But is that who he really is?
Looking back, I can separate my personal feelings about my hero. As a player, I still believe he was a great. In fact, I think if he had played today, he would be talked about in Hall of Fame proportions. Imagine if he had not been a drug addict throughout his career?
As a person, he disappointed me dreadfully. It was this experience that jaded me regarding famous people. No longer did I believe the hype surrounding anyone. Never more would I be impressed with someone simply because they were famous. I met many many NBA players since and not one time was I interested in an autograph or even talking to the guy. I didn't have it in me. it was better to leave well enough alone and accept what I hear in the papers rather than ruin the myth and learn the the guy is an idiot.
Many of you have placed Nash on this pedestal, anointing him Zeus, god of the Suns. Granted, we all loved his style of play. It WAS unselfish. Nash did make the players around him better. He was a great player.
But like my former neighbor, Nash is fallible off the court. He isn't perfect, but he isn't Hades either. He obviously had issues in his personal life that show he isn't a God. He has also shown that he made some small missteps in this Journey to LA LA Land.
I don't hate Nash. In fact, on the court, I still believe everything I thought about him. He is a fantastic team player who made everyone better. He was a great player for the Suns and propelled us to success in a manner that I could be proud of.
But as with my hero, I am not one to fall for the persona that is put forward. To me, Nash is a cunning strategist. He portrayed himself as this free-thinking guy open to all possibilities and not closing any door. In reality, I believe that he had definite plans and found a very smart way to try an implement that plan. It is no accident that LA just happened to get in the picture at the eleventh hour and a deal somehow took shape. I don't buy that.
I do feel that some of his tactics were unnecessary. I am not saying that he shouldn't have played coy with the Suns in order to earn his control [after the deadline]. I am also not saying he shouldn't have concocted a secret plan to land in LA. These are the things that happen in business. It is negotiation and game play and there is nothing wrong with it.
My issue, if it really is one, is that Nash portrayed himself to the public in a manner that was contrary to his actions. He played the fans by saying everything he was supposed to say, but did the opposite. Nash isn't the bad guy everyone feels him to be now, but he also isn't the Sun God. He is just a guy that likes the sound of his own voice, and maybe he should have kept his mouth shut.