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Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:44 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Nobody is more of a softspoken statesman whose words carry big sound than Steve Nash. He knows how to say just what he wants in order to get what he wants. And in an interview with SB Nation Arizona, Nash surprisingly conceded that the Suns may be ready to take a step back and rebuild. Or if he had money on this season, not to take the Suns.
"To be honest, if I was outside this picture and a betting man, I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys."

"Maybe we need to take a step back, regroup, be a little bit more patient, build a really good team and see how good we can be later in the year instead of jumping out of the gate and be like, 'Oh, we've got to finish top two or three in the West and give ourselves a chance to win the West and go to the Finals.' That stuff can come if we really improve, but we can't put that type of pressure on ourselves right away because we are a new team."
Translation: We might not be that good. So please Suns fans, hang in there with us.

What's refreshing is that Nash understands this. He knows Hakim Warrick isn't Amar'e Stoudemire. He knows that Grant Hill aged another year. He knows that Hedo Turkoglu isn't the answer to anything but "Ball? Ball." He knows that though improved, Robin Lopez isn't any kind of franchise big man. Nash knows this. And he's not pretending to be leading a world-beating squad.

I don't know if there's any kind of subtle plan behind Nash's comments, or if he was just being honest about his team. Some players like Rodney Stuckey and Michael Beasley say things like, "On paper, we're the best evah!" and "Really, if you think super hard about it, we're probably the best team." Nash on the other hand says, "I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs." That's something new.

It is possible however that Nash has a plan with these types of comments. He is 36 years old and isn't getting any younger, despite what you hear about the Magic of the Suns training staff. Maybe he's worried about ending his career on a sour note. Maybe he's prodding management to go grab him some help. Or maybe he's just setting the fanbase up to lower their expectations.

It's easy to think that surely there's a motive here because in today's atmosphere of professional sports, who tells a fanbase their team might not be great? I don't deny that Nash set up fans for a lottery team for a reason. He did make a power play to get Shaq out of town and according to some, helped nudge Terry Porter out the door earlier than expected.

Most have been forecasting the Suns the set (GET IT?!) for a while now. Last season looked prime for it to happen, especially with the rumors of Stoudemire being dealt swirling all season. But they hung on to Stoudemire and made a surprising push into the third seed in the West and a conference finals run.

Now though, it looks like it might be time for Phoenix to fade. And their fearless leader knows it.
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:32 pm
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

looks like Hogan got a little pissy huh! Does it hit a little too close to home with you? The only people I cant stand are stupid ones like you Hogan! LOL! Responses like yours make me laugh. LMAO!!!!



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

"The Suns did surprisingly well a few years ago when Amar'e was injured."

Not surprising to people who knew how overrated Stoudemire was.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:20 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Let's stop all this negative back and forth about Canadians and Americans.  Nash is a class act, and like others have stated, just making sure the expectations are realistic.  The Suns did surprisingly well a few years ago when Amar'e was injured.  The roster has been turned over since that time, but Nash is great in this system, and they have good role players, so playoffs seem very possible.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:03 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

HOGAN......Canada still has libraries? USA advacned past those 15 years ago.  Canada catch up.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:01 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

To Hogan.......Finish the job?  We're still overseas are we not? 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:49 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

@sbth34.    Are you for real?  You're from a country who's national sport is creating war with other countries, not finishing the job, then running and blowing more tax money just to do it all over again.  And hey, last time I checked, Americans had more toothless hicks hangin around then toothless goons.  Keep you're stupid comments to yourself you bum.  Better yet maybe go to a library, pick up a book, and try reading it.  You might actually then learn something worth commenting on.




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:03 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Nash is a fellow Canadian, and what he demonstrated is called being humble and honest, all the while making sure not to offend people.  I love how it blows some Americans can't  grasp this concept, it never gets old.

He has the highest IQ in the league, so of course there is a motive to this.  And it probably involves management bringin in some talent.
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Raptor, stop with the smug already.  Is that all you Canadians have going for you?  Nash was just being straight up.  A lot of Americans tell it like it is.

Oh, and don't believe those little side ads that say "so-and-so has this IQ. Can you beat it?" They are ads, not reality.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:20 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Thank you for being just another condecending Canadian! Take your biasness and save it for your Raptors! Or better yet, stay with your wonderful national sport, MMA! oops i mean Hockey. Your Country is full of the same kind of people as your national sport, toothless goons! So take your holier than thou attitude and your thuggish favorite sport and go back upstairs to Canucka



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:01 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

I respect his comments. He explained that the Suns have a shot, but it may take awhile to be that good. We shall see.

I think they can still get in the playoffs.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Nash in his twitter said that he didn't say they won't make the playoffs. The media took what he said the wrong way. He said right now he would not pick the Suns to make the playoffs. He said they have a long way to go in building the chemistry of the team on-court and that it's likely going to take a while, but the team will work hard and hope to get better as the season goes on. He's certainly frustrated though. Both Hill and Dudley have said something similar in the past couple days.
The thing about Nash and Hill is that they've worked too hard and are getting too old to play for some team that has to pretty much rebuild every off-season. Not once have they had continuity after a good season. Not once have they had an off-season where all the FO did was upgrade and improve an already good team. I think they're getting sick of having to start all over and get better as the season goes on. That is a lot of work. I know Sarver gave a reasonable offer to Amar'e and so do they. They understand, but even I was hoping Sarver would go all the way to keep, Amar'e, resign Lou, and bring in a defensive two that better fit with the team instead of Barbs. Continuity and upgrade is what they wanted. 









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