HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We’re raising the question because no one else wants to, because no one else wants to say what needs to be said.
And let’s be real, it’s the two-ton elephant in the room with nearly every other star’s name on the trade rumor radar these days. But is it time for the Phoenix Suns to swallow hard and do what’s right by Steve Nash and trade the All-Star point guard?
We’ve read over and over again about Nash refusing to ask for a trade, refusing to play the game that so many others have late in their careers when it becomes clear that their championship-chasing window is closing and they are stuck in a now-or-never predicament.
Nash is a class act and no one can take that away from the two-time MVP whose play this season belies his 38 years on the planet.
“It’s up to the team,” Nash told The Arizona Republic during last Friday’s media availability session in Orlando for All-Star weekend. “I’m happy where I am. I’m not happy with our record. I feel like I made a commitment to the fans and my teammates. But at the same time, I’d understand if the team wanted to make a move, so I’m completely open. To be honest, I just occupy myself with trying to prepare to play and play as well as I can.”
I don’t know what it looks like from where you are, but from here it seems like a felony crime against basketball for Nash to go another season without sniffing the playoffs, without a chance to at least see what he could do at this stage of his career with a championship in his sights.
His name came up numerous other times during All-Star weekend in Orlando, including this one instance where I asked the fellas from The Basketball Jones if the homeland was ready for a change of venues for Canada’s favorite son.
Nash’s name will continue to surface in trade talks with the March 15 trade deadline approaching. Some of the chatter will make sense, while some of it will seem totally off base (this Nash back to Dallas for Lamar Odom rumor is a favorite of the day here at the hideout).
But it’s obvious to us that now is the time for the Suns to weigh their options, consider Nash’s wishes and then make a decision about what’s more important, the long-term health of the franchise and doing what’s right for one of the most loyal players the league has ever seen or sitting and watching yet another opportunity for the franchise and Nash to start fresh?