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...
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.
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 fanduel.com and sign up using the offer code "boxscore". Play for Patrick, who doesn't have the ability to right now!
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."
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?
I shout out moopti.com, 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.