1. What’s your take on Nash’s decision?
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: Surprising … and intriguing. There was so little buildup to it, it caught me off guard. Stunned that Nash and Kobe Bryant would team up, stunned that Phoenix would send him to a division rival. But I can’t wait to see the impact he’ll have on this team. Easy buckets for the big men, open jumpers for Kobe.
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: I think it’s a wise decision for Nash. I can’t fault a guy for wanting to stay as close to his family as possible. We often forget these guys have real lives and family to tend to when they’re not entertaining us on the court. I’m happy that he feels like he’s come to a good situation for his career and family.
As for Phoenix, Suns owner Robert Sarver continues to torture his fans. I’m kind of shocked they dealt him for two first-rounders who won’t be very high (presumably), and to sell that to the fans is just another aggravating move during his tenure.
Brian Kamenetzky, ESPNLos Angeles.com: I’m always impressed when players make family considerations and winning a top priority, as Nash seems to have done, but really I’m most impressed with Robert Sarver and Suns president Lon Babby. Yes, after everything he’s done for the Suns, Nash deserves to be traded where he asks to go, but it’s still tough/brave to trade him within the division. I’m curious how Phoenix sports radio reacts.
Ramona Shelburne, ESPNLos Angeles. com: I’m impressed. It says a lot about Nash’s character that he was willing to both play for a team he’s battled in the Western Conference and take less money to do so. A lot of players talk about taking less to chase a ring, very few actually do it.
Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: It’s a great decision for Nash. He has every right to want to play for a contender at this point in his career. Of his options, the Lakers were the best contender at this point. Let’s remember that. Not saying his children weren’t a major factor, but it is convenient that the best chance for a title next year is also hour away from Phoenix by plane.
And bravo to the Suns’ front office, though my congratulations has nothing to do with the personal plea from Nash. It is vital to be unemotional in these situations and do what is best for the franchise. The Lakers’ offer trumped any Knicks package and is a million times better than Nash walking for nothing. Now they just need to be more prudent with how they use the trade exception after they pretty much botched the Amare Stoudemire exception in 2010 (See: Turkoglu, Hedo and Childress, Josh).
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