Monday , Dec , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Steve Nash: I Feel Like I’ve Been Traded

Steve Nash never got over that the Dallas Mavericks immediately broke up his 2003 Western Conference finals team by trading Raef LaFrentz and Nick Van Exel, two of that team’s top five scorers.

Nash practiced Sunday with a Suns team that has two other carryovers from two years ago. It was a day after many Suns attended the opening of Raja Bell’s Scottsdale Moody Blues store as Bell played in Charlotte. It was the day Mike D’Antoni was in town coaching a New York Knicks team in preparation for his return to US Airways Center Monday night.

"I feel like I’ve been traded," Nash said, chuckling. "I feel like I’m on a different team because everything’s changed so much around here. We have a lot of differences now after quite a bit of stability but change can really be positive. Amidst that recent chaos could come strong order. We’re all optimistic but it’s a strange point with Mike coming and all the changes."