Well, Suns fans, it's another two months until the NBA Draft, which will be followed by the Summer of Steve, and by August we'll have many of our questions about the future of this team answered.

In the meantime, we'll see if this year's post-season can replicate the excitement of last year's when the Spurs were upset in the first round, the Lakers in the second, and the Mavericks got hot at just the right time to send LeBron James home without a ring yet again.

Today's matchups feature the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls, Heat and Pacers. The nightcap will be the West's top team Oklahoma City Thunder hosting the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. Not a bad way to start things off.

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns’ 2011-12 season will be remembered for a frustrating start, a team meeting following the All-Star break and a hopeful push for the playoffs that came to a...

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I've made it plenty clear that I think Steve Nash will come back to the Phoenix Suns and I think that's the best thing for the Suns. I don't see his options anywhere as good as they are in Phoenix where he's comfortable, his kids are in school, he loves the coach and system, and he can get paid more than by other teams.

Of course, he might not come back and certainly there's a lot of NBA fans outside of Arizona who want him to leave. The problem is, none of the teams I've heard mentioned make much sense. People want him to go in concept, but the reality is that a change would have to clear a lot of hurdles for him.

So here's the question:

Other than Phoenix, where should Steve Nash go and why?

Leave your answers in the comments below.


The fantastic Basketball Jones video show / podcast spent a lot of time on this question yesterday polled their viewers as well. Check it out.

Apr. 25, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash is greeted by the coaching staff on the bench  after walking off off the court for the final time of the season in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center was an amazing scene. It was completely organic and spontaneous and 100 percent genuine when the Phoenix Suns crowd started chanting for their hero, Steve Nash, with about five minutes left in the game.

It began with a group of fans behind the basket in section 108 and immediately spread to the entire arena. Soon the entire building was on their feet chanting "WE WANT STEVE".

I give Arizona sports fans a lot of crap. This town is known for having front-running fans who can be pretty laid back and lack the passion and commitment you see in other markets. This, however, was something else entirely. This was awesome.

Here's what Nash had to say about the matter and while we are on the topic, here's what he had to say after the game about his future.

And here's video of what I had to say about the game and season and some of the Nash video along with Telfair and Dudley talking in the locker room.

Well done, fans.

There's also some talk about why Nash didn't stay in the game longer or come back in for the final possession to try and win the game. Here's how Gentry explained it:

"No, I wasn't going to put him in. He wasn't warmed up and we were in a situation where we can see if some other guys can do some things. There's a lot of decisions that have to be made here and I thought that was a situation where we could stick somebody else in and see if they could make the play or see if we could execute.

He's not going to be able to be here forever, even if he decides to come back, so at some stage somebody's going to have to make a play and I just thought tonight was an opportunity for some guys to have a chance to try and execute and run some plays and take some shots at the end of the game."

Also, remember that at this point losing the game helps a tiny bit in the draft order AND most importantly, Nash's body isn't right and he's not been shooting the ball well recently or in this game. It would have been highly unlikely that he would have made a three. At best he would have tied the game and gone to OT which no one wanted.

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