PHOENIX — While Steve Nash’s return won’t be official until the lights finally come on, they’ve really been shining on him since he walked off the Lakers’ team bus.
It’ll be interesting to see if any Suns fans give Nash anything but a standing ovation, and Goran Dragic said his friend and mentor deserves it. How does Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni think Nash will handle it once he’s on the court?
“He saw his kids today and just to come back in the building for the first time, either you’ll be really good or really bad,” D’Antoni joked. “It’ll be emotional for him for sure, some great feelings here. I remember when we went to Dallas (after signing with Phoenix), it was pretty good.”
But while Nash snuck into the Suns’ equipment room to say hello to old friends, the Los Angeles Lakers coach took the podium set in the hallway of US Airways Center and discussed his feelings about the city of Phoenix, Nash’s return and friend Alvin Gentry’s departure from the Suns.
D’Antoni didn’t really want to go into detail about Gentry leaving Phoenix in what was described as a “mutual parting,” but he sort of did anyway.
“You know, it’s tough to address just because he’s a good friend, a great coach,” the former Suns head coach said. “And this business is really bad sometimes. To think you’re going to get better by firing a good coach doesn’t make any sense. But he’s fine, he’s great, he’ll bounce back up. We go on and just do your job. He’ll find a job wherever he wants.”