Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 12:21 PM
Steve Nash and the Raptors
So as the season progresses more information surfaces about the coming off-season. Now it seems that Amare Stoudamire is leaning towards free agency:
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Let's just assume for a minute that Amare longs for a change in scenery and decides he's going to sign elsewhere. The Suns have a choice to make now. Their star PG is aging, their star PF is leaving, rebuild or push on? In the west the best thing to do might be to rebuild. I mean without Stoudamire they would be hard pressed to challenge the likes of the Lakers, Mavs and Nuggets. If they choose to rebuild, who's the first chip on the table? Steve Nash. My question to you is this, would you like to see Steve come home to Canada and finish out his playing career here? If so what do you feel would be required to land the guy?
Personally, I feel first and foremost if the Raptors have any chance at keeping Bosh they're going to have to make a big impact move in the off-season to show Chris the team is still trying to take a step forward. Landing a guy like Nash would change the whole dynamic of the team. Nash would bring a level of leadership and professionalism never seen on a Raptors squad before. He's is getting old but his level of play has not regressed and neither has his health or durability. I think the twilight of his career is begining to shape up to one similar of John Stockton. John played good ball until the age of 41 before calling it quits. If Nash followed that path he would still have five years left in the tank. Beyond that he's the engine that "Colangelo ball" was built on.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:01 PM
what do we do with out point guard Jose and Jack?
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:12 PM
One of them would be heading to Phoenix in any trade involving Nash. More than likely Jose Calderon. That's my thought anyway.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:19 PM
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If Stoudamire were to leave and sign in NY, there is more of a chance that Nash goes there. He lives there in the off season, old coach, pieces/expiring contracts (eg. Douglas Toney, Curry).
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:29 PM
Love Nash, would fully support him coming to Tdot for it would make the raps exponentially more fun to watch. Doesn't make us better at all or address any of our weaknesses.
Smells more like the Hakeem signing years back in that it is made to address legitimacy issues and not basketball ones.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:32 PM
It shores up some leadership issues. It would also be a good move in selling another contract on Chris Bosh. Steve Nash manning the point is a big upgrade over Jack or Calderon.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 02:30 PM
Is it really that big an upgrade?
Nash's numbers declined last year with regression towards the slow down half court system. He is already in the traditional sense way past his prime and eventually has to slow down. The suns training stuff are hiding the fountain of youth and I fear any of these older guys who leave are poised for a major breakdown.
The the east is filled with penetrating point guards in Rondo, Nelson, JJ, Jennings and Rose. As much fun as it would be to have Nash on the squad, I see it as more a sideways move then forward or backward.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 03:07 PM
Nash has his team playing at a level that no one thought they could reach this year. He is having one of the best seasons of his career. It's obvious that he will slow down but his ball IQ and skillset will allow him to play another five season if he wants to, just like Stockton. Speaking of Stockton, Nash is blowing away Stockton's mid 30's numbers with 17PPG, 11 ast, 51%FG, 93% FT. Nash is a big step forward. He's not long term in the sense of the PG of the next decade for the Raptors but neither was/is Alvin Williams, Rafer Alston, Mike James, Jose Calderon or Jarret Jack. If he was here you would know he would leave it all on the court each and every night and that's far more than you can say about anyone currently on the Raptors in a key role.
Tue Mar 23rd, 2010, 03:35 PM
Nash is unique in the NBA that is for sure, but he's 36 with a ton of mileage and a bad back. He's most efficient in a high octane, fast break oriented offense. When he is running that, there might