Saturday , Feb , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Steve Nash on staying in Phoenix: ‘I’m old school’

Nash insisted again this week, as he lunched on five-bean soup and the healthiest of chopped salads at one of his go-to temples for food purity, that he won’t be lobbying Suns owner Robert Sarver and new team president Lon Babby to send him to a contender. 

"Maybe I’m old school," Nash said, "but I signed a contract to play here and I want to honor it. I feel like I owe it to my teammates and the city and everybody to keep battling until they tell me it’s time to go."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s forever the good soldier.

After all, how easy would it be for Steve Nash to walk into Robert Sarver’s office and demand a trade?

Nash is a beloved two-time MVP and a future member of the Hall of Fame. Sarver is the despised owner of the Phoenix Suns, who puts profits before championships.

Nash is right: he’s old school. He’s also loyal to teammates, Phoenix, and, most importantly, his values, which means he plays out the last year and a half of the contract he signed.

It doesn’t matter that Sarver failed to keep superstar Amar’e Stoudemire and executive Steve Kerr. And it doesn’t matter that Sarver lacks the resources to build a winner.

For Nash, a deal is a deal. So he’s a Sun until July of 2012.

Sixteen months from now, Nash’s contract will expire. With his fitness regime and basketball IQ, the tiny table-setter will be in demand.  Look for Nash and his people to quickly sign with a contender

Nash, forever the good soldier and team-first point-guard, can finally think about himself.

–Oly Sandor.

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