I’m tired of Dave being the only one who writes sports every single week, like he has the corner on the sports market and is shutting us out. To deny him his monopolistic intentions, I’m going to write about sports. So there. Suck on that, Dave.
Suns fans are idiots. I said it. Sure, there are exceptions. I’m an exception. But when you judge a population, you base it off a whole. And the base says that Suns fans are moronic.
They demonstrate this idiocy in many ways. Getting disappointed and jumping off the bandwagon any season the Suns don’t contend for a title. Formulating impossible trade theories for superstars like “Sebastian Telfair and Hakim Warrick for Dwight Howard. The salaries match!” Demanding that we trade Channing Frye when he doesn’t hit 90 percent from three.
However, the greatest example of Suns fan stupidness is, and has always been, their view of Steve Nash, and their willingness to trade him. Suns fans have long insisted we’ve held on to Nash for way too long, and derided the front office for this decision.
When would have been a good time to send the “decrepit” Nash to the farm? Was it in 2006, when Amare was hurt and we lacked an all-star power forward? We went on to the Western Conference Finals that year, and were the favorite to win the title in 2007. Should we have cut our losses and traded Nash in 2009, following a disappointing season with Shaq? That would have cheated the NBA from one of its greatest Cinderella stories ever. Phoenix, a team that no one thought would even make the playoffs, swept their nemesis, the San Antonio Spurs, in the semi-finals, and contended with the Lakers for the Western Conference Finals in a tightly contested series.
And despite this history, the fervor of Suns fans to trade Nash is at an all-time high. There are two main arguments people defer to when mandating a Nash trade. Let’s break them down.
1. Trade Nash so we can start the rebuilding process — The idea here is that we are old, our championship window is closed, and we should begin rebuilding by unloading Nash for the best young talent we can find. To which I say, “sure, great idea. Who?” Nash is 38 years old, one of the oldest players in the league, and one of the oldest point guards to ever play the game. Yes, he is playing what I still regard as elite basketball (15.1 pts, 10.1 asts per game, 55% FG), but what kind of assets can we dangle Nash for? A bunch of mediocre draft players? If you haven’t noticed, that’s all we have. A late first round draft pick? Maybe if I trusted the front office to do anything remotely intelligent with it. I don’t deny that Phoenix should consider rebuilding, but getting rid of Nash to do it simply is not the way to do it, even if all you pay attention to is the logistical angle.
2. Free Nash so he can legitimately chase a ring and cement his legacy — Again, the thought process here isn’t inherently bad. If things go unchanged, Nash will go down with Karl Malone and John Stockton as one of the game’s greatest players to never win a championship. It’s unfortunate, but what people fail to realize is this is Nash’s choice. For anyone who has actually been paying attention instead of chasing NBA conspiracy theories or conjuring up ridiculous trade scenarios, they will know the Suns’ front office has made it very clear that if Nash wants to leave, they will honor his request. And there’s the catch: Nash doesn’t want to leave. There are few players like Nash left in this league, but Mr. MVSteve has stated over and over again that he has made a commitment to Phoenix and wants to finish his career as a Sun. He’s mindful that it’s a business, but has conveyed nothing but loyalty and the unyielding intent to stay put.
For these reasons, we need to stop being dumb fans and realize that we can’t trade Steve, no matter how enticing the offer. The most “realistic” rumor I’ve heard came about a month ago, during the alleged Durant-Westbrook feud. Sources were insistent that the Thunder office was looking to move the talented yet hot-headed Westbrook to improve team cohesion, and Phoenix’s Nash was the most likely trade bait. Of course, we know now almost none of this was true, but the idea got fans thinking, and the consensus was unanimous: if it were up to fans, they would pull the trigger on the Nash for Westbrook trade in a second. Shame on us.
Here we have a player who could easily leave us for greener pastures but has sworn his fidelity to our organization, and we are ready to ship him out to satisfy our lust for talent. Fans bitch constantly about how the league is now devoid of all sense of loyalty and team spirit, a perspective that has been hardened by Lebron’s heartless betrayal of Cleveland. And yet when they finally have one of those diamond-in-the-rough players, they turn their back on him.
Sure, the Suns are struggling now. And even if it was due to decline in Nash’s play (which it’s not — Nash has been playing some of the best point guard ball in the league as of late), isn’t it better to swallow a mediocre season and look to the future then to sever ties with a Phoenix icon in a desperate (and probably futile) attempt to retool? The answer is yes. Stop being dumb.