If you’re an NBA fan, you probably already know that today was Steve Nash’s 37th birthday. He looks every day of his 37 years, if you ask me.
What? I don’t mean that in a bad way; Nash is arguably in the best shape of his life, looks spry, and seems as if he has another 3 or 4 years left in his career. His play, however, has the sharp mental edge of a player with 14 years of experience. Sometimes he’s using the threat of penetration down the lane to rock his defender onto his heels, repeatedly, until there’s enough space to send the ball splashing through the net. Often he’s touching every plank in the hardwood floor on his serpentine path through the lane, down the baseline, and under the basket before finding a wide-open teammate at the top of the key for a dagger-tastic three. No matter what he’s doing with the basketball, Nash uses his Ken Jennings-like knowledge to find the most effective way to get the ball through the rim.
What do you get for the player (and the man) who has everything but a championship ring? Sorry, fans of every other team in the league – I’m not going to advocate a Nash trade here. Instead, how about a new backup point guard to give you and Alvin Gentry another option when you need a rest? The Suns signed Zabian Dowdell for the rest of the season today with Goran Dragic set to miss at least tonight’s game in Golden State with the laceration on his foot. Dowdell is your newest apprentice, Steve; teach him well.
Et joyeux anniversaire, monsieur Pietrus! Unfortunately, I’m at even more of a loss as to what to get you for your birthday, so I got a general gift for the team – and for NBA fans everywhere. That gift is a renewed focus and level of attention paid to everyone. I know I sound like a bad husband in marriage counseling, but I promise, baby, we can change! We’re going to tell you we love you every night, and ask you how your day was, and even go out with you instead of staying in! Especially on Sundays!
Of course this doesn’t have anything to do with the end of the football season, Mickael! It’s something we’ve been meaning to do – we just couldn’t admit how selfish we’d been. Shhhhh, don’t say anything; just go out and beat the Warriors. Daddy wants to take you to the playoffs!