Steve Nash, one of the greatest players in Phoenix Suns history, and arguably the most popular player in Phoenix Suns history, parted ways with the team after eight, legendary years that will be remembered by Suns fans for decades to come.
During this past July, Nash and the Suns hashed out a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers under sign-and-trade terms and in a split second, Nash was headed to L.A. Well, tomorrow night, the great Sun returns, still wearing purple but it’ll be highlighted gold, not orange.
The last time Steve Nash played on the Phoenix Suns home floor wearing an opponent’s jersey dates back all the way to March 13th 2004 when Nash part of the Dallas Mavericks team that trampled the Suns that evening 113-90. Despite Dallas beating the Suns that night, Steve Nash didn’t play his best game, scoring just seven points and dishing out seven assists.
When Nash left Phoenix for Los Angeles, Planet Orange diverged into two groups, one group was happy for good ole Captain Canada and wished him all the best in his endeavor to hoist that lucrative Larry O’Brien trophy in June. The other group was bitter, angry and perceived Nash’s decision to join the Lakers as sign of betrayal; some of those fans might have had a similar reaction to that of this sweet 4-year old girl
Tomorrow won’t mark the final time Nash returns to the valley as a Laker. In fact, Nash and his LAKERS will be back again on March 18th later on this season.
Nash hasn’t been himself this season, his points per game is lowest since the 1999-2000 season, assist per game is the lowest since 2002-2003, but most importantly, Nash and his Lakers are struggling to win basketball games.
The Lakers own an awful 19-25 record given their standards, and talent. However the Lakers have managed to win their last two games beating the Utah Jazz and getting an impressive win on Sunday over the Thunder of Oklahoma City.
The last time Nash stepped on to the Suns home floor wearing an opponent’s jersey, his team trumped the Suns by 23 points. Needless to say the Suns and Planet Orange are hoping for a different result tomorrow night as the two-time MVP and all-time great Sun returns to the valley to take on the Suns on national television.