Steve Nash just officially retired this summer, when his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers expired. He will quickly be inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor in their second home game of next season, on October 30 against the Portland Trail Blazers (one of the last teams the Suns beat in the playoffs, by the way).

Watch Suns managing partner Robert Sarver talk about Nash here.

"It was a pretty simple decision," he said. "To me, it was kind of a no-brainer."

Many Suns fans will blast Sarver, rightly, for refusing the invest that little bit of extra money to push the Suns over the top in the playoffs to bring home a ring. It was Sarver who let the championship aspirations slip away after the 2010 WCF run. And it was Sarver that traded...

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According to one study, Phoenix acquisition Tyson Chandler is among the most impactful newcomers this NBA offseason.

Did an ex-teammate's refusal to leave his plane convince LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with the San Antonio Spurs?

Classy move, Suns. Phoenix legend Steve Nash will be the 14th player inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 30th.

In other Nash news, the future Hall of Famer is set to produce a film examining the origins of the drug ecstasy during the 1980's Dallas drug scene.

The Suns reached a training camp agreement with former Harvard forward Kyle Casey. Casey may be best known for his involvement in a cheating scandal at the Ivy League school in the spring of 2012.

In a survey of 2015 rookies on, Suns guard Devin Booker was voted the best shooter in his class, by a wide margin.

Here's a fun read about how Star Wars Night with the Suns or Zombie Night with the Arizona Diamondbacks comes to be.

How do Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris perform when they are separated from one another? Clearly, they don't do well with a microphone in front of them or with any social media application, but what about on the court? Here's the split by the numbers.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Sporting News that free agency "isn't really appealing" to him. Tactful move. At this point that's probably better than, "I'm looking forward to testing the waters in 2017."

Tyson Chandler joining the Phoenix Suns was one of the surprises of the free agency period. They had not been connected by any rumors, and it seemed as though the Suns were set on letting young...

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This Week's Show

Dre, Patrick, and Brian explore alternate universe scenarios for NBA history, what if things happened differently for Shaq, Kobe, Sabonis, and Schmidt?



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Last Week Recap

I was absent last week's show, so I chimed in my two cents quickly. First, in regards to position adjustment, I found it common to many "advanced stats" issues. Namely, it's amusing to ignore the bigger picture (shooting efficiently matters) in favor of arguing smaller things like clutch or if a player is really a three or four in position.

Also, I find the word "sport" is much like the term "advanced statistics" in terms of not making a useful distinction.

I make a great comparison between RBIs and position in the NBA. Patrick makes an excellent comparison between poker and coaching. Tune in to hear em.

Wall of Boredom

Every week we talk the "significant" moves in the NBA offseason.

We don't even waste time talking the Tayshaun Prince signing by the Wolves.

Hey, the Raptors signed a good big to a good contract. We like Valanciunas and the Raptors. It's hard to know for sure, but we think they look good going forward in the east.

Daily Fantasy Sports

As Patrick noted last week, I was out in Vegas last week for a FanDuel event. We talk about the state of Daily Fantasy Sports, and how it has impacted me. Also, if you feel like helping out the show and haven't given Daily Fantasy Sports a try, go to and sign up using the offer code "boxscore". Play for Patrick, who doesn't have the ability to right now!

What if...?

I compared a weird alternate reality in my last piece about what if Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant switched starting points in their careers. This is a fun topic, so we bounced a few around today.

We've played this game before with Dr. J.

Have to get this point about Kobe in (typo and all!)

Fewer than 5% of Kobe's career shot attempts are dunks. Over 20% are midrange jumpbers.

— Andrés Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) August 23, 2015

My what-if was a two parter. Shaq left a stacked Orlando Magic to go to the Lakers. Orlando probably couldn't have competed with the Rodman Bulls. If Shaq doesn't go to a Lakers team led by Phil Jackson and with some strong young talent, how does his legacy (and Kobe's!) end up?

Of course, the second part of my Shaq point is: "What if the Lakers could have kept Shaq in 2004?" Those Lakers would have been Shaq and Kobe and not much else. With the Spurs, Mavericks, and Suns, it's doubtful the Lakers would have competed. Heck, Kobe might even have demanded a trade and not be known as "the greatest Laker ever."

What if the Soviets had allowed Arvydas Sabonis to join the NBA when the Portland Trail Blazers drafted him in 1985. I've already said Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler were the best guard tandem in modern NBA history. Combine them with a young and healthy Sabonis and what does the era of the Bad Boy Pistons, Showtime Lakers, and Jordan Bulls look like?

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

A quick what if is another Tracy McGrady scenario. The Rockets only really got one year of him and Yao Ming. Yao likely got overworked by his demands for the Chinese national team. McGrady couldn't stay healthy. We could do another show just on what-ifs in McGrady's career!

Brian's what-if is "What if Oscar Schmidt had come to the NBA?" Schmidt was also a player that never played in the NBA despite being drafted by the Nets in the 80s. That said, in international play he was taking over ten three-pointers a game on incredible efficiency. Could Oscar Schmidt have changed the style of the game in the NBA had he come over?

Patrick labeled John Bryant as a good "what if" player for the NBA. He hasn't made it over, and likely never will.

Shout Outs

Brian shots out Chris Borland, who retired from his career in the NFL early. ESPN had an excellent expose calling him the most dangerous man in the NFL.

Brian shouts out a fantastic thread on the worst three-point chuckers in NBA history including Charles "Chuck" Barkley!

Brian's last shout out is to LeBron James, who, according to Darren Rovell, charges $1,000 a character per tweet. Patrick thinks this may actually be a good deal!

I shout out the fun YouTube channel: Wrestling with Wregret, which I found this week and have been enjoying.

I shout out, who sell reversible USB cables. That's right, no more trying twice to get the USB cable in for me. I know, it seems like shilling, but I'm seriously thrilled to have finally solved this first-world problem.

Finally, I shout out Bo Jackson, who was a childhood star for me. I got to meet him this weekend, and he was great. Also, I call his show "Sports Stars," when I clearly meant "ProStars." Also, ESPN's 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo is a must watch.

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