I saw Nash’s humanity for the first time four years ago, during the first NBA game I ever covered. It was a preseason matchup between the Suns and Seattle SuperSonics (RIP), held in Vancouver (also RIP). After tossing his shoes into the crowd, Nash walked into a packed interview room to talk to all of the reporters that had come out to see him. On his way, he noticed a family in the back of the room. The family had recently lost their son. Nash immediately went over to them and comforted them, hugging, talking, smiling and looking at photos of their son that was gone far too soon. While we waited, silently touched by the emotion openly being shown by the family and by the genuine humanity being shown by Nash, we all knew we were watching something beautifully real born out of a painfully fresh tragedy.
Unfortunately or fortunately-depending on how you feel about the man, Paul Shirley weighed on leadership, thoughts on Amar'e Stoudemire, and a comparison between how Nash leads versus Kobe Bryant:
Like, Nash is not only going to tell you, “Hey, I need you to do this,” he’ll come back and say “Thank you for doing that, I appreciate it.” Bryant is apt to roll his eyes when a teammate misses a shot.
And for those of us who wonder why it has been so difficult to jettison Nash to a winner and complete the rebuild of the Suns, it is stories like these that make it so hard for us to see a day when this leader takes off his Suns jersey for the last time, never to wear the purple and orange again.