Suns Shooting Star Fades Away

Nash to Become Nothing More Than a Memory of Former Glory

By Derek Evans

     Steve Nash, one of the best point guards of his time, lacks one major element on his resume – a championship ring. Nash has proved to be one of the best overall players in Phoenix Suns’ history. While he has a very impressive resume, his desire to put a ring on that finger, at least in part, led him to leave the Suns franchise.

Yesterday the Suns agreed to a sign and trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. This deal gives Nash a three year contract with the Lakers, in return, the Suns get two first-round and two second-round picks from the Lakers franchise.
The trade puts the Lakers on course to have a team with a caliber similar to the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two franchises will likely dominate the western conference next season.

The reverberations of this trade will be felt for at least the next few seasons. The Suns, some NBA experts predict, will be near the bottom of the western conference. The only thing the Suns will be competing for next season is the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Many analysts speculate that the Suns will not be playoff contenders, at least in the near future, if not longer.

Nash might have stayed in Phoenix if the franchise had shown him they were committed to winning the National Championship. The Suns has been on the decline since the loss of Amare Stoudemire two years ago. There have been several chances to restore their former glory, but those came and went – like the fading of a tumbleweed into the desert horizon.

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