The Steve Nash Effect: Eight Players Whose Careers Were Defined by Nash

June 4th, 2010 by Ravi Krishnan Leave a reply »
The 2010 off-season is expected to be one of the more tantalizing ones in recent times, what with all the superstar free agents and their various objects of desire in terms of their next destinations. Akin to 27 other teams (other than Boston & LA, the NBA finalists who have a more important concern on mind), the Phoenix Suns are in a wait-and-watch mode, particularly since one of these superstar free agents happens to be Amare Stoudemire. For a bunch of reasons, logic dictates that Amare should remain in Phoenix. The Suns’ system is a perfect fit for him, this has been his only team all through his career, he likes the city, the team is progressing well in terms of success, and Gentry and he have a good mentor-student equation. But beyond all of those reasons, the single-biggest driver to why I think he needs to really think hard before even thinking of moving out is the fact that he plays alongside Steve Nash, quite simply the #1 rocket-booster to other players’ careers in the league today. In fact, this point should dictate free agency decisions not just for Amare, but also for other Suns’ free agents (Channing Frye, Lou Amundson) and for free agents fro ...

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