Tuesday , Dec , 01 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Nash gets revenge on O’Neal for Shaq Vs fiasco

Last summer, reports indicated the hit Shaq Vs was supposed to be Nash Vs. Displaying a Richard Hatch (the original winner of Survivor) type duplicity, the All-Star center successfully pitched the show’s premise – where he would challenge football, baseball, and boxing stars at their sport – to network executives after overhearing his former point guard mention the idea …


Nash gets revenge on O'Neal for Shaq Vs fiascoIf the best revenge is good living, Steve Nash only needs to smile when his Phoenix Suns face Shaquille O’Neal’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

The pair were teammates for a season and a half before O’Neal was traded to Cleveland in July. O’Neal’s slower feet and demand for touches in the half-court contributed to a disappointing 2009 for Nash and the Suns.

Changing styles from ‘Seven Seconds to Shoot’ to a conventional, slow-down system wasn’t a source of tension between the superstars. Apparently, reality television was.  

No, not the merits of Jon and Kate Plus 8, Celebrity Rehab, or The Littlest Groom, but the alleged ‘borrowing’ of a creative concept.

Last summer, reports indicated the hit Shaq Vs was supposed to be Nash Vs. Displaying a Richard Hatch (the original winner of Survivor) type duplicity, the All-Star center successfully pitched the show’s premise – where he would challenge football, baseball, and boxing stars at their chosen sport – to network executives after overhearing his former point guard mention the idea.  

Nash, who was in Vancouver in late September for his ‘Showdown in Downtown’ charity soccer match, told the assembled media he had moved on.

“It was a concept (Shaq Vs) we collaborated on and I’m excited to see it flourish,” said Nash. “I enjoyed my time playing with him (O’Neal) and I hope he has a really successful run in Cleveland.”

Standing at picturesque David Lam Park, it was clear Nash knew something the rest of us did not. Without O’Neal’s lumbering presence, the two-time MVP knew Phoenix  would return to their signature fast break style.

“The Suns are going back to a high tempo, full court game, so I think it will be a really exciting year for us”, declared Nash. “If we can come together and build a great chemistry, I think we are going to be really tough.”  

So far, Phoenix has been tough, holding firm near the top of the Western Conference with an impressive 14-4 record. Nash is back to leading the league in assists, while also receiving early consideration for the Most Valuable Player award.

Don’t expect drama when Phoenix play Cleveland tomorrow. Instead, do expect Nash to smile at O’Neal because he’s living well.

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