Friday , Dec , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Steve Nash: It’s Tough Losing Friends in a Trade

"It’s tough," Nash said after a big exhale. "While I’ll welcome my new teammates with open arms, it’s tough when you lose your best friend. It’s tough when you lose two of your best buddies. It’s tough and it hurts. It’s tough."

Nash was boarding the team bus at the hotel Wednesday afternoon when he received a friend’s text message, reading, "It’s a tough business." He called Bell, who was already at the airport because he didn’t want to wake Nash from his usual game-day afternoon nap. Nash seemed as if he was blindsided by the news.

"A little bit, yeah," said Nash, searching for words he couldn’t find. "Um, a little bit, yeah."