The Suns hit the airwaves

Posted by on August 21st, 12:58 am

It’s still the middle of August, but the Phoenix Suns’ pick-and-roll combo made the national media rounds the past few days.

Steve Nash highlighted the week with an appearance on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” on Thursday night in prime time.

No, a few thousand bucks won’t do anything for Nash, so instead he played for his charity, The Steve Nash Foundation.

Nash was asked, “Which of these combinations of road races would require a participant to run the farthest?”

He had to choose between twenty 5K races, fifteen 10K races, ten half-marathons and four marathons. Nash correctly selected ten half-marathons to win $50,000 instead of $25,000 for his charity. Regis then donned a road Nash jersey, only he wore it backwards.

The two-time MVP also stopped by The B.S. Report on Thursday to chat with Bill Simmons about staying with the Suns and his upcoming ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary, among other issues.

Amare Stoudemire made his own ESPN appearance earlier this week when he joined Jim Rome on his TV show.

The most interesting thing Amare said had to do with how he recently spent 22 hours a day for 10 days face down as he recovered from his eye injury.

Amare also participated in his first workout since his followup operation six weeks ago on Tuesday, Paul Coro reported. Kerr told Coro that Amare had an “excellent” checkup with his doctor on Monday, and really for all the things we will end up talking about in previewing next season, nothing may be bigger than how Amare responds to this injury.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports also featured Amare in a story about his recovery this week.

The key points from that story:

  • You can’t underestimate how tough those 10 days of recovery were on Amare. He told Spears, “That was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life.” And this coming from a guy who recovered from microfracture surgery.
  • Amare stands by his statement of it being “50-50″ whether he stays in Phoenix past this season: “I was really looking forward to my entire career being in [Arizona]. It kind of put a hold on a few of my decision-making things. …  If they are loyal to me, I’m loyal to them. I’m a loyal person and always have been. My word is bond. I’d love to stay; the Suns have been phenomenal so far. But anything can change.”
  • Amare certainly didn’t push the Shaqtus out the door: “That was tough for me to grasp. Last [season], with me and Shaq, despite the fact that I got injured, I don’t think teams wanted to see Amare and Shaq in the post in the postseason. … I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, but I definitely felt we could’ve used Big Fella for one more [season].”

If you ask Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin, Nash didn’t exactly feel the same way.

Boivin reported that the Big Sidekick’s “Shaq Vs.” reality show in which the Big Cactus (can we still call him that?) competes against stars in others sports in their sport was originally a Nash idea that he told Shaq about soon after he joined the Suns.

When Shaq told his former teammates he would be doing this show, Boivin’s source heard Nash say, “You mean the idea you stole from me?”

One way or another, Nash’s name ended up on the credits of that reality show, which I did not watch.

It’s really a shame Nash did not end up doing this. We know he can compete with world-class soccer players, and I’d love to see what kind of athlete he is away from the basketball court.

Anyway, at the end of last season, Nash spoke of wanting to play for a team that had the kind of fun the old Suns teams did. He also said the Suns most needed to acquire an agile big man who can get out and defend pick-and-rolls, a major Shaq weakness.

Dumping Shaq for cash makes just a little more sense now.

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Shaquille O'Neal · Steve Nash

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MikeF // Aug 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Seriously, “Nash Vs.” would’ve been much MUCH better. But it makes sense that the network execs and Shaquille O’Neal would mess up something that coulda’ been really great.

    Shaq and Nash should play one-on-one hoops to settle the feud!

  • 2 Matt // Aug 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I saw that clip of Nash on Millionaire last night and the funniest part is how Regis puts on the jersey backwards and Nash just sits there and grins at him instead of correcting him. :)

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