Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers: Good Move or Treason?

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New L.A. Lakers point guard Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is now former Suns point guard Steve Nash, as he's headed to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.

According to ESPN, it was Nash's decision to join the team he's been battling for years -- the same team that denied the Suns a spot in the NBA finals just a few years ago.

Now Nash -- a two-time MVP -- is joining Kobe Bryant and company in L.A., in an apparent attempt to win a championship.

This morning's question: Out of all the teams Nash could've joined, is putting on the Lakers jersey akin to treason, or just a good move by Nash?

Cast your vote below:




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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thanks for the excitement Steve!  Good luck!  The Suns will have to play harder against the Lakers now as a matter of personal principal.  Will it work?

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Suns and Nash: losers - Definition    [loo-zer](n.) Person, team, nation, etc., that loses

Hotrodkurt1929
Hotrodkurt1929

You can not blame Nash....It was time. Besides ever since Saver bought the team, it has gone from a pretty good, and entertaining  to a lower level team. 

David Saint
David Saint

ive been watching the Suns since Mark West played...and Ive never seen such a bad trade. Though Im seething over him going to the Lakers, im more upset about the lame picks we got in return. We just guaranteed ourselves not to get past the first round (if we even make it), made the Lakers better, and didnt do anything with it to improve. Sarver, you are without a doubt now the most hated man in Phoenix...do yourself a favor, sell the team, and quietly leave town. 

Rob
Rob

Rick Robey for Dennis Johnson, 1983. All time worst Suns trade. I go both ways on this. I'm pleased that Nash is citing wanting to be near his kids as the main factor and this worked out for him. I'd like to see him get a ring (certainly another reason of his) though I don't see that happening with the current Lakers. On the other hand, as a Suns fan since 1972, my hatred of anything to do with the Lakers is deep seated.  I have respect for some of the teams and players they've put together (Kareem, Magic, Scott, Cooper and Worthy were incredible) but have an ingrained hatred for the organization after 40 years.  The 1989 series - the 'Suns will fold like a tortilla' - win over the Lakers ranks as one of my top sports memories. I just don't see trading to one of your key divisional rivals.  Particularly when it weakens you and strengthens them.  Now, given Nash's age and physical limitations (which still put him miles above 99.999% of the rest of us) his addition to the Lakers certainly doesn't make them instant title locks but it doesn't weaken them (Nash spelling Bryant...).  But the Suns get 2 LATE 1st rounders and 2 LATE 2nd rounders which will do nothing for them for several years, unless packaged together and used as trade bait to move up in the draft.  Then again, there isn't much more of a crap shoot these days than the NBA draft.

Fuck Arpaio
Fuck Arpaio

The difference between Nash and James is that Nash has class. Lebron's big production on espn was a tol joke. I can't blame Nash for leaving but I do blame Sarver and babby for the suns mediocre play the last few seasons.

CrashOverload
CrashOverload

Good or bad, I don't think it's anyones business on why players of the NBA decide to go to another team. I havent been watching the Suns since Shaq was there. But in my opinion I see another moment in NBA history where people of Arizona will no doubt turn against a long time player just because he went to a rival team. Look at LeBron and Cleveland for example. He wanted to win a Championship and went to Miami. Now he finally has one. It's only natural for someone to want more and the Suns certainly weren't helping him in anyway.  Good luck to you Steve Nash, I hope you enjoy playing basketball with your new teammates and win that long coveted championship you have yearned for so long

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's a good move by Nash. He was leaving the Suns anyway and they didn't seem interested in keeping him at what he apparently was valued in the player market, such as Dallas didn't when he was picked up by the Suns eight years ago. Nash may benefit by playing with others who have the skills and abilities to win a national championship. Nash is a champion skilled player and would like a real shot at the ring. The Suns may benefit from the trade in a few years depending on how they use the drafts acquired in the trade process. I don't see the Suns as a contender for many years but this trade may help them get there eventually. qualifier: I know very little about the NBA and how it works, so I am likely wrong.

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