Tag:Steve Nash
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:43 pm

Video: Justin Bieber crosses Steve Nash

Posted by Royce Young

Worlds are colliding here. It's Steve Nash versus Justin Bieber. Nash, the Bieber of the NBA with his cult-like following of NBA fanboys that fawn over his pure jumper and immaculate court vision. Bieber, the Nash of pop music with his flashy hits and cult-like following of teenage girls that fawn over his dance moves and baby face.

Nash and Bieber -- who has developed himself quite the baller reputation, especially with his MVP award from last year's Celebrity Game -- were playing in some celebrity pickup thing and while I'm sure Nash wasn't exactly giving it everything, Bieber gets him good with a crossover. That's not going to help Nash's reputation for being a soft defender.

This game was in preparation for a charity event taking place in Atlanta Sunday called the Ludaday Weekend Celebrity Basketball Game, hosted by rapper Ludacris. Kevin Durant is reportedly on Bieber's team with other stars like Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul all partaking.

And of course, Nash. But he may not want any part of guarding Bieber after that. Let CP3 check him.

Via I Am A GM
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 9:36 pm

The EOB Elite 100: 11-20: The power of forwards

By Matt Moore

This is the eighth segment of the CBSSports.com Eye on Basketball Elite 100, counting down the top-100 players in the NBA. 

Check out the earlier installments: 100-91 | 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51 | 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21

Try ranking just the best power forwards in the league in your head. Really. Now go back and look at their numbers. Then go back and rerank them. Then factor in their team success. Then look at their ages and upside. 

The point is, this is not easy, and that's before you try and stick them in among the best players in the league at all the other positions. Power forwards are elite right now in this league. Trying to determine who's better is nearly impossible. But that's what we've tried to do in this list and this section gets to the hardest part. Zach Randolph dominated the playoffs. Tim Duncan is a Hall of Famer. LaMarcus Aldridge was just brilliant. Amar'e Stoudemire was an MVP candidate for a brief time. 

What do you do? 

In between we've got Steve Nash, one of the best point guards ever, Deron Williams who's at the top of his game, Russell Westbrook who everyone loves and hates at the same time, and you know, Melo. 

20. Steve Nash, G, age 37, Phoenix Suns
2011 Stats: 14.7 points, 11.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 49.2 FG%, 20.81 PER, 53.1 AST%
Composite rankings (random order): 25, 16, 18

The guy's 37. Thir-tee-sev-en. And yet last season Steve Nash averaged more assists per 36 minutes than he has in his career. He posted 53 percent of the Suns' assists. Which means if there was a bucket off a pass on the floor, more often than not it was Steve Nash making it. That's crazy production for his age. Nash continues to be a lightning rod as the Suns fall further and further away from contention. His defense has never been good due to a combination of physical limitations and a back condition that has forced him for years to lay flat on his stomach on the sideline. But his offense is showing signs of slowing down, despite all the slinging. Nash finally posted under 50 percent field goal shooting for the first time since he came to Phoenix last year, and shot under 40 percent from three for the first time since 1999. So he's "only" a 49 percent shooter, 39 percent 3-point shooter. But the bigger point is that Nash is starting to slip. 

This is why so many want Nash traded. His time is running out to be effective, though with his conditioning, it's easy to see him playing till he's 40. But for him to be effective as a starter, to hold a shred of "Nashness" in him, he's got to get moved to a contender soon. But if he doesn't, it wouldn't shock anyone to see him make a comeback year next season. 

19. Manu Ginobili, G, age 34, San Antonio Spurs
2011 Stats: 17.4 points, 4.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 43.3 FG%, 21.78 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 20, 15, 20

Manu Ginobili was a legit MVP candidate the first two months of the season. Being a legit MVP candidate for even a week should probably earn you a higher ranking than this, but such is the cost of a perceived slip as the season went on. At his best, Ginobili is a game-changer and one of the most reliable clutch performers in the game. His step-back elbow jumper is still deadly, and if that doesn't get you, the pump-fake will. Ginobili at full-health would probably have made a big difference in the Spurs' round-one loss to Memphis. (But given that he couldn't guard Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, probably not enough of one.)

Ginobili's slide will only continue as age and injury slow him down. He says he has a few more years left in the league. But his craftiness will only take him so far, which is why he isn't higher on this list. But given how many years he's been near the top of this list, that's not a bad career. And in the meantime, he'll keep drawing fouls and hitting big shots as the Spurs continue to try and suck the life out of the remainder of their contending years. 

18. Kevin Love, F, age 22, Minnesota Timberwolves
2011 Stats: 20.1 points, 15.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 47.0 FG%, 24.39 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 15, 24, 13

Hello, power forwards. Kevin Love broke the record for consecutive double-doubles, had the first 30-30 game, showed terrific offensive range, dominated the glass, out-rebounded Dwight Howard and became an All-Star. And he's only the 18th best player on this list, and the fifth best power forward in this section!

Love's biggest liabilities are on the defensive end. He's still learning, so the hope is that he'll improve. Conditioning and health will both be important to that end with his frame, but neither are concerns with Love. With a coach that will hopefully appreciate him and a new system and point guard to work with, it's a good bet that Love will be in the top fifteen by the end of next season. His range makes him a versatile component, he's looking for his first big deal (good luck with that under the new CBA next season), and to boot, he's one of the most likeable players in the league. 

Odds are this is the last time he'll bethis low again. 

17. Tim Duncan, F, age 35, San Antonio Spurs
2011 Stats: 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 blocks, 50.0 FG%, 21.94 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 13, 19, 18

What loathesome thing age is, that robs us of our strength but not our integrity.  Tim Duncan wasn't the same player last year. I mean, he was, but he wasn't. This is the problem. For players of Duncan's greatness, there's no huge cliff they fall off, its'a slow decline. But they're also held to a different standard. And as a result, Duncan slides down this list. Most jarring was the absence of a dominant Duncan performance in the playoffs. The Grizzlies managed to harass, muscle, and frustrate Duncan to the point of limiting his effectiveness. And as Duncan goes, so do the Spurs. 

Duncan logged 76 games last season, missing just six games. The question is if he can have a bounce-back season after having a considerably healthy one in 2010-2011. The Spurs need a vintage Duncan performance all season long, but the reality may be that after so many playoff games early in his career, he may simply not have enough tread left on the tires. Why is he still this high? Because he's Tim Freaking Duncan, and he's earned the right for us to trust in him until the very end. 

16. Deron Williams, G, age 27, New Jersey Nets
2011 Stats: 20.1 points, 10.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 43.9 FG%, 21.19 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 22, 18, 9

Deron Williams, Coach Killer? Didn't see that coming. 

Williams had a good season. He did. 20 points, 10 assists, good PER, solid defense. The Jazz had a pretty decent start before the wheels came off. Then, you know, Williams may or may not have been the driving point behind Jerry Sloan deciding to pack it up after 25 seasons with the Jazz. Then, you know, Williams was traded to the Nets before he could hold the Jazz hostage like Melo did the Nuggets. Then, you know, he was a Net. Which causes trouble. 

Williams turned 27 in June, so he can no longer be considered a "young" point guard. There's only so much room for improvement at this point. And he's still very good, and will fetch a huge price on the market. But you have to wonder if 2010-2011 was a career marker for Williams and if that will make an impact on where he ends up. The good news? He gets into free agency in 2012. Either the Nets will build around him with top talent, or he'll have a chance for a mulligan at 28. 

15. Carmelo Anthony, F, age 27, New York Knicks
2011 Stats: 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 45.5 FG%, 21.82 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 17, 17, 13

You want to rank Carmelo Anthony in the 20-30 range? Fine. 30-40? You're getting out there. 1-10? We're not going to riot. You can spot Melo anywhere, it just depends on where your priorities lie. 

Is Melo's defense lacking? Absolutely. Is he often-times too inefficient to the point that it hurts his effectiveness? Yes. Is his attitude sometimes an issue in terms of the superstar approach? Yes, but it never impacts his play (through everything in Denver, he never missed a game or gave a half-effort). The reality is this. 

Carmelo Anthony still nets you 26 points per game, seven rebounds per game, will hit you a game winner more often than not, and can help win you games. He is not the most effective, most efficient, or most versatile. There is a lot that he needs to improve. But Carmelo Anthony is still an elite player in this league, and he needs to be ranked accordingly. He's here for now. If the Knicks keep building around he and Amar'e and if the two start working together better, he'll be among the best of the best. For now, we leverage his upside, his production, his efficiency, and his record. 

Then we docked him five slots for his reality show.

14. Russell Westbrook, G, age 22, Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 Stats: 21.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 44.2 FG%, 23.63 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 16, 16, 11

I'd love to give you an in-depth analysis of Westbrook, but the polar opinions of him rend any attempt apart. 

Westbrook has a higher PER than Deron Williams. He's hyper-aggressive and can take games over. The comparison always made to him is Derrick Rose if he didn't have Kevin Durant needing the ball. But one, he's not as good as Derrick Rose, and two, he does have Kevin Durant needing the ball. Westbrook too often puts his head down and slams into the defender causing a turnover, too often is impatient with the offense and too often trusts his ability to dominate. Thing is, he can dominate more than half the time.

Westbrook's explosiveness and speed is top three in the league. His jumper's improved but hasn't made a phenomenal jump. The big question for next season will be what his role is with James Harden as more of a weapon and playmaker. Is Westbrook just a scoring point who can also provide some buckets, or can he use another weapon to be more efficient. It's a technical and mental adjustment that needs to be made. 

13. LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland Trail Blazers
2011 Stats: 21.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals, 50.0 FG%, 21.57 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 12, 14, 14

Aldridge was arguably more important to his team than any of the players 12-10. He was huge in 2011. Aldridge is also the most versatile of any power forward in the league. Yeah, there, I said it. He's tough defensively, he's brilliant in the post, he's got great pick-and-pop ability, is a good rebounder (though if we're saying that, so is Amar'e Stoudemire, who has a 12.7 TRB percentage to Aldridge's 13.5). 

Aldridge was the anchor for the Blazers who kept them afloat among the injury sea they sailed last year. He's always been overlooked for Roy, but he's also never been a problem in the locker room. He plays smart, tough, and efficiently. Oh, and he plays defense. Nice rare quality in power forwards, that. 

12. Zach Randolph, F, Memphis Grizzlies
2011 Stats: 20.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 50.3 FG%, 22.67 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 17, 11, 11

Dominates the glass, puts the team on his back, shoots better than 50 percent from the field, creates more possessions, and delivers when his team needs him. That's a franchise player. And as good as Rudy Gay is, that's what Zach Randolph has shown himself to be for Memphis. His performance in the playoffs is what lands him above Aldridge, Love, and Duncan. A stats-only loser for so many years, Randolph not only found the playoffs last season, but owned them. His performance in both Grizzlies' series was out of this world. If making the Finals weren't a prerequisite, Randolph was arguably the playoffs MVP behind Nowitzki (which is probably why Nowitzki won the title). 

Randolph's defense is not good, but just like his athleticism, he manages to hide it with savvy. He brings smart help, and communicates well. Randolph's intangibles are almost as great as his numbers. He's a consumate leader, always picking up guys who fall to the floor, and being the emotional rock for a pretty emotional team. As unlikely as it is, Randolph's as valuable as it gets to any single team. 

He's getting older, so this is probably the last time he'll be this high. But it's been a fun ride for Randolph with the Grizzlies and he deserves the respect. 

11. Amar’e Stoudemire, F, New York Knicks
2011 Stats: 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 blocks, 50.2 FG%, 22.78 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 14, 12, 10

We don't blame you for gawking at this. I scored him a 12, truth be told, and even I am sick just thinking about it. Stoudemire is a pretty solid help defender, except no one will believe that. That's where those 1.9 blocks come from. Again, not good, but solid. But man-up? Bad. Really bad. Not good. At all. Stoudemire will never be confused for a defensive stalwart. His rebounding is sub-par. He's got knee concerns and an eye condition following a pretty horrific injury that required surgery. On his eye. 

But he's at this spot because Stoudemire can kill you from the elbow, and if you crowd him, he's going to the rim. He plays aggressively, efficiently, and can deliver. He lost his former-MVP point guard and still produced 25 points per game, and that's even after Melo came in a-gunning. He produces a world of offense and that still counts. As much as the statistical revolution and advanced analysis emphasizes defense, it tends to overlook offense, especially from bigs. The Knicks will never hurt for inside scoring as long as Stoudemire is on the floor. That shouldn't be overlooked. Neither should his defensive liabilities, but his offense out-performs it enough to land him here.

We think.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:35 pm

The Nash Conundrum and the struggle to rebuild

By Matt Moore

Consider it a question of morality. Yes, the business implications are strong. But at the end of the day, sometimes the best thing your business can do is conduct itself in the right way. It opens up partnerships, keeps your company in good standing, and boosts morale. So in this instance, despite how contrary to rational thought it seems, doing the right thing here is what's best for business.

The Phoenix Suns should do the right thing, and trade Steve Nash.

It's not a new idea; it's been discussed in length. But it bears repeating, and a look at the economic reasons why.

In the Arizona Republic, Suns GM Lon Babby is quoted as having studied the impact of rebuilding on franchises. The results were not pretty.
Babby and other team officials have examined the history of teams that, like the Suns, stalled at the conference-finals level and then had to decide whether to keep their core players together or tear up the roster. What they discovered: Teams that embarked on a massive rebuilding project took an average of 10 years to get back to the conference finals.

"And there's a lot of pain that goes into it," Babby said. "You're putting yourself in the hands of ping pong balls."
via azcentral.com blogs - Scott Bordow - Business factors into Nash decision.

This is relatively obvious logic. You mean tearing down the remnants of the success that you've built and suffering through years of failure in order to build around draft picks which are only acquired with a terrible record is painful? How about touching a hot iron with your bare hand? That sting a bit?
Little sensitive, just around the edges?

Of course rebuilding is painful. If it wasn't, everyone would go through with it a lot more and be much more excited about it. Also, no one would get fired over it, which would save franchises several millions of dollars in paying out the remainder of contracts. Not, you know, $300 million to prevent the lockout,but hey, every penny helps.

But what's overlooked in the study is this.

Everyone has to rebuild. Death comes to us all, and the end of contention comes to every team. The Lakers actually went through a near decade without contention in the 90's. Granted, they've spent the rest of the time pretty much skirting the laws of inevitability, but you can't expect the Lakers to play by the rules the rest of the NBA observes. They're just special. The Mavericks have contended for ten years, and finally won their title, which will likely convince Babby to hang on. But the Mavericks had the same management in place (read: Cuban), and benefitted from a series of fortunate events. They never missed the playoffs. The Suns are not the Mavs. 

No, instead the Suns face a worse situation. There is a scenario considerably worse than rebuilding, purgatory. It's when teams elect to continue trying to plug in pieces following the downslide of a roster, continually throwing veterans who can no longer contribute at the level of their prime but suck up the same amount of salary space, or mid-level players hoping one will suddenly bloom into an All-Star. It's expensive, it's ineffective, and it usually has the habit of depressing fans to the point where they bail on tickets. 

(Orlando fans, you'll want to get something for that ear bleed you have going.)

That's what slows down rebuilding projects. Yes, rebuilding takes a long time and is painful, if you do it ineffectively. Meanwhile, if you commit to it, if you throw your system into it, within three years you have a team that people are excited about that makes the playoffs. It's not just the Thunder, it's countless teams that have effectively restructured their rosters. Rebuilding is like anything else. If you do it poorly, you won't be pleased with the results. 

Keeping Nash guarantees that fans will keep coming out to see the team, until the team gets bad enough to where not even that impresses them. It keeps the Suns following ideas like "let's trade for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat, that'll save us!" and "maybe when we get lots of cap room we can get a big free agent to play with Steve Nash, someone like Amar'e Stoude...oh." It also wastes the final years of a Hall of Fame player who has given the franchise nothing but his unending loyalty and MVP performances. Moving Nash kills two birds. It lights a fire under the franchise to find a new direction, even if that takes some time to pull off, and it does right by affording him an opportunity to pull a Jason Kidd and win a ring in his final years to cement his legacy. 

Sometimes the right thing is the best move, even if it hurts to do it. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:59 am

Steve Nash has the will... to park

Posted by Matt Moore

Steve Nash is a competitor. Sure, he's got a wide range of interests and has the maturity not to freak out over the fact he may retire without a ring. But he's got that tiger inside him. You can see it. Just watch him park.


Aw, what's with the dance, Steve? Where did that come from? Is that what you auditioned for Chippendales with? Yeesh. 
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 2:05 pm

Suns say their D will improve. No, really.

Posted by Matt Moore

The Suns defense is mocked. It's considered a joke, and whenever any 30-second analysis of the Suns is brought up, inevitably someone throws out how they "don't play defense" and how they'll never win because of it. It's easy. It's digestible for the common fan, which if fine. But it's ridiculously short-sighted.  

The Suns' success, which has been considerable over the past ten years, has been predicated by their fast-pace system. That system requires a number of things that go contrary to traditional defensive values. Instead of crashing the defensive glass, they leak out in transition for offensive buckets. Instead of committing to players who can attack defensively at the rim, they employ players who can hit threes from the low positions (like Channing Frye). And their maestro, Steve Nash, has a back condition that physically limits him from being able to adequately defend. So while the Suns do suffer defensively and much of their basic execution of principles is lacking, it's not really as simple as "the Suns need to try harder on defense."

Nonetheless, the Suns have shown a legit commitment to improving on that side of the ball. They've hired Elston Turner to turn things around. The Arizona Republic spoke with Turner about his goals: 
Turner agreed to a two-year contract to be the Suns "defensive coordinator," an assistant-coaching position being added to a full staff to improve last season's defense, which was ranked 26th in the NBA last year, and league-worst rebounding.

With full empowerment to lay out a strategy, Turner has some film to study. But it is clear the annual goal to improve the defense has teeth this time, with a commitment to 40-minute defensive sessions to be run by Turner during each practice.
via Phoenix Suns Elston Turner confident about defense.

Turner noted that Nash isn't an excessive problem any more so than most point guards in the league, and that Marcin Gortat can be the enforcer at the rim they need.

But at what point is Turner's work going to be in contrast to what the Suns do offensively? The Suns are in need of a rebuilding effort in their personnel, and maybe that would be the best time to invest more in defense. But as long as they're trying to continue the offensive success they've had in this era, they'll be limited in what they can do defensively. Turner's battle isn't just a strategic one, it's a philosophical one.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:07 am

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Posted by Royce Young

It's a dance that's been going on ever since Mike D'Antoni took the head coaching position in New York.

Steve Nash to the Knicks.

It's never really heated up to a boiling point, but always stayed at a whisper. And there's a new whisper via the New York Post.
"There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The Knicks have talked internally about trading Chauncey Billups for Nash as both have expiring contracts. But there does not appear any reason for Suns owner Robert Sarver to make a move and give Mike D'Antoni a chance to reunite with his favorite son."
The Suns have strongly denied every rumor of trading Nash and Nash himself has always said he's extremely happy in Phoenix. But he's 36 years old and his contract expires after next season. What comes then for Nash? Does he re-up with Phoenix or look elsewhere? Or does Phoenix look to dangle a very attractive trade piece at the deadline?

You can be sure if they did, the Knicks would be the first team placing a call. Despite the idea to play better defense, Nash is the perfect maestro for the Knicks. He's already great with Amar'e Stoudemire and with a scoring wing with talent like Carmelo Anthony, that would be a pretty lethal trio.

But the trade proposed here -- a straight swap for Billups -- makes zero sense for the Suns. They aren't just going to give away Nash. Billups is a nice player and their salaries line up, but Phoenix will be looking for a future rebuilding move if Nash is moved. Not something like aging point guard for aging point guard.

With Nash expiring next season though, prepare yourself to read this rumor at least two thousand more times. The New York media wants Nash there almost as much as D'Antoni and the fans do. It doesn't seem like Nash is just going to finish his career in Phoenix on an average team. It seems like he'd give a title shot one good last swing.

And maybe that comes in New York.
Posted on: June 19, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:54 am

Report: Phoenix Suns to buy out Vince Carter

The Phoenix Suns will reportedly buy out Vince Carter. Posted by Ben Golliver. vince-carter

Vince Carter got old.

This isn't a particularly complicated reality. The explosive wing leaper who took the NBA by storm a decade ago has entered that stage of his career where we all talk far more about his contract than his game. 

As a member of the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns in 2010-2011, Carter, 34, put up career-lows in every important category: 28.1 minutes per game, 14.0 points per game, 12.2 shots per game, 2.4 free throws per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

That's the bad news. The worse news? Carter is on the books for $18.9 million in the 2011-2012 season.

But, wait, there's good news! That final year of his contract is only partially guaranteed. Rather than pay the aging wing scorer who is clearly in decline and was never much of a winner anyway, the Suns can simply buy out of his contract and be done with him.

The Arizona Republic reports that's exactly what the team plans to do.
They won't trade Vince Carter's contract, opting instead to buy him out for $4 million in the coming days.
This is about as obvious as offseason moves get. The Suns are coming to terms with the fact that the Steve Nash era is ending and it's time for a massive youth movement. That almost always requires a liquidation of big contracts, and Carter's is by far the biggest on their books. Trading his salary would likely require Phoenix to take back mismatched parts or long-term salary commitments that would wind up slowing down the rebuilding process. Better to just be done with him and move on.

What's in Carter's future?

Well, he's reached the "Shaquille O'Neal 30+ Vagabond" stage of his career where he will need to hope someone, hopefully a contender, takes a chance on him as a scorer off the bench.

Will he be able to command more than the veteran's minimum?

It's possible, but that could depend on what the new CBA looks like, as most of this year's contenders spent big to get there and won't be in the position to hand out additional contracts.

There's a spot in this league for Carter still, but it's certainly not at center stage. Retirement can't be too far down the road. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: May 30, 2011 7:15 am

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash says it wouldn't be a big deal if an NBA player revealed himself to be gay. Posted by Ben Golliver. steve-nash

No question about it: The Phoenix Suns have been at the forefront of advocating tolerance toward and acceptance of homosexuals in the past month.

Suns forwards Grant Hill and Jared Dudley released a public service announcement warning kids against using the word "gay" in a negative way. Suns guard Steve Nash issued a video testimony in favor of a New York gay marriage proposition. And, of course, Suns president Rick Welts revealed that he was gay, becoming the first male major professional sports executive to do so, saying that he hoped to serve as an example for younger people.

In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Nash was asked directly whether the NBA is ready for an openly gay active player.
If a player in the locker room came out, it would come and go quickly, too. I really don’t think it’s a big issue anymore. I think it would be surprisingly accepted, and a shorter shelf life than maybe we would imagine. I think the time has come when it should happen soon. I think it will be something that won’t take on this life of its own. It won’t be the O. J. trial.
Nash's comments are similar to those made recently by commentator and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who said that every NBA player has played with gay teammates and that he cares far more about a player's ability level than a player's sexuality.  

Is Nash correct in his analysis?

There is definitely some logic to the "shorter shelf life" line of thinking. Controversies and hot button issues seem to come and go must faster these days than they did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.

It's impossible to know if Nash has accurately gauged the tolerance of the NBA climate until a player does come out. But his honest and straightforward comments, which read as accepting and understanding, only help break the taboo of what has long been seen as a dicey or uncomfortable situation. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com