Despite being a Celtics fan, I have always been a major Steve Nash guy. In the mid to late 2000s, he led the Phoenix Suns as one of the premier teams in the NBA. They had a high-octane offense that was exciting to watch. Those Suns teams never made it to the NBA Finals, but definitely had an impact on the way the game is played. This years NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, have perfected this style of play and it is now clearly a winning model. It was Steve Nash and the Suns who paved the way. Steve Nash has always been a great player to watch.
The two-time NBA MVP led the league in assists for many years and always had a pass first mentality. He had a great shooting stroke and could pull up and hit threes or spot up. He was a dangerous offensive weapon. He was also a great guy off the court, which, only added to his fan base. He did a lot for charity and was significantly involved in the communities of Phoenix and Los Angeles. His last few seasons in LA were a disappointment, but he did everything he could to get out on the court. He was criticized by some Laker media, but they should be blaming Jim Buss for a stupid and incompetent move in trading for a 39 year old point guard and expecting him to bring you a championship.
Since he announced his retirement, I was hoping to see him around the NBA in some capacity and I couldn’t be happier it’s with the Warriors. Steve Kerr and Nash have a great relationship and I am excited to see what Nash can bring to the Warriors coaching staff. There will be stiff competition out West from the Spurs and Clippers, among others, but this move only gives the Warriors more of an edge. All I can say is that I hope to see him out there on the hardwood next to Steve Kerr.
By Spence Roush @Spence_BBS