It's been an interesting week seeing Steve Nash slowly move closer and closer to giving a definitive answer. My sense is that he was waiting to have a chance to talk to the team before being super clear. Well, that meeting has happened and now Nash, Gentry and Lon Babby have spoken.
In Alvin Gentry's final press conference of the season, he didn't even wait to be asked about Nash. He walked to the podium, made a little joke, and then addressed the question before it was asked.
"Alright, what do you want to know? Yes, Steve's coming back so we'll put that to rest right away. He wants to be back and we want him back," Gentry opened.
Nash himself has been increasingly clear on the subject over the past few days. Every time he spoke this week his answers became more and more certain. After the final game on Wednesday, he was as definitive as he's ever been on wanting to return.
"This is my team. This is my home as a basketball player and I want to try and get back to the playoffs with this team and try and build this team into a contender again," Nash said in front of his locker after the Suns beat the Spurs to win their 40th and final game of the 2010-11 season.
"There's no guarantees. You can't just go out and say, 'Can you trade me to this team?' It's very abstract to think about what the alternative is but that's beside the point. I want to be part of this team and I want to try and take us back to the playoffs with these guys and hopefully be better next year."
"There's no change in our position about Steve Nash. He is the sun and the moon and the stars of this franchise. It was a disappointing year for us but it would be hard to say that he was disappointing. He led the league in assists and we see how we play with him and we see how we play without him. As I stand here today, I just can't imagine a scenario where he won't be back but there is honestly uncertainty about everything."
What do you think? Is it time to move on or should the Suns bring back Nash next season. He even said he wanted to stay two more years after the next one for a total of three more Nash years.
Here's Gentry's press conference. At least this first 5 minutes of the entire 30 minute discussion.