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Solar Flares 3/24: Phoenix Suns links including Nash retires, playoff odds, and the weight of lofty expectations

"We've got a chance."

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After 19 years in the NBA, former Suns guard Steve Nash announced his retirement from professional basketball on Saturday.

We know what he did here in the states. Check out this read about how Nash inspired a generation of Canadian basketball players.

Nash's career: By the numbers.

Last one. Was the Nash trade a "complete disaster" for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Get over that irrational sadness you feel over Nash's departure from the game by celebrating Los Suns Night, on March 25th. Plenty of freebies available.

"I think what kind of screwed everything up was the success of last year." Grant Hill attributes the Phoenix struggles to lofty expectations.

Don't give up yet, though. Eric Bledsoe says, "We've got a chance."

But many are saying there simply aren't enough games remaining to get to the postseason.

Should those playoff hopes fade and you lose interest, here's 10 things you can do in the Valley this week. Ok, nine.

"I'm confident enough in myself to know that I can make the right play, whether it's me shooting or creating for a teammate or getting a stop." Archie Goodwin is looking forward to contributing in crunch time.

Ryan McDonough weighed in on Goodwin's development.

Power rankings and playoff odds!

"Very, very high. Extremely high." Amar'e Stoudemire was interested in returning to Phoenix following his contract buyout from the Knicks.

If you missed it, A.J. Price is now a Sun, Seth Curry is not.

Eric Bledsoe talked about his college head coach John Calipari, and Kentucky's pursuit of perfection.

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