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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.

Phoenix Suns And Steve Nash Want To Remain Together, But Should They? - SB Nation Arizona

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.

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Sigh.

This final game was a microcosm of the entire Suns season, all wrapped up into 48 tidy little minutes. Moments of greatness interlaced with moments of epic fail. At times, the Suns looked invincible. Steve Nash looked like his old spry self. Suns big men were drawing And1s. 3-point shooters were making their 3-point shots on queue. 43 first-quarter points and a big lead on the #1 team in the Western Conference.

These fireworks were followed, of course, by a period of complete offensive ineptitude. 10 straight missed shots - most while Nash was running the offense late in the second quarter.

Then the Suns turned it on again in the 3rd with scrappy play and timely 3-pointers (Channing!). Followed, yet again, by a terrible start to the 4th quarter and subsequent early return by the starters. But heck - its the last game of the year. What's another 9 minutes for Steve-O? Too many, apparently. Nash re-injured himself on a drive to the rim and left for the season at the 5-minute mark.

And the Suns continued to struggle. Until 0-fer-Aaron's freebies to ice the game, only Dudley and Gortat scored for the Suns in the last 9 minutes. Luckily, the Spurs hit no big shots of their own and the Suns eeked out a win.

Yet the clock struck midnight and a long hot summer of darkness begins. No more games. No more practices, or shootarounds or heart palitations as the Suns struggled in yet another 4th quarter. With the lockout looming, all we have ahead of us is the NBA Draft and maybe a trade or two before June 30.

Players of the game:

 

  • BSotS friends! How 'about almost 2,500 comments in the least meaningful game of the year, huh?!?!?!? Dayum! You guys all rock!
  • Jared Dudley - 17 and 8, with 2 assists and ALL the big plays!
  • Marcin Gortat - 21 and 13 against the Big Fundamental
  • Steve Nash - 8 and 10, clinching the assist title AND the all-time free throw percentage!
  • Grant Hill - 14, 4 and 3 and the 2011 Majerle Hustle Award
  • Channing Frye - 17 and 9 with 2 assists and 2 blocks
  • and finally, Robin Lopez - 11 and 3 in only 12 minutes of inspired play. Where was this guy all year?
  • The whole friggin team! Beating the Spurs who played Duncan and Parker and wanted this win to the get the #1 overall seed... NICE!
No use bitching about who didn't have a good game... at least till tomorrow. Frankly, the Suns showed in only 48 minutes just why they COULD have been a good team but exactly why they weren't.

But feel free to leave any comments you want about the good, bad and ugly of the season or this game in particular.

Come on Suns fans! Final game recap of the season - make the comments good!

[Note by Seth Pollack, 04/13/11 11:25 PM MST ]

Well folks, that was fun.

Phoenix Suns Topple Spurs To Close Out 2010-11 Season - SB Nation Arizona
Both Steve Nash and Alvin Gentry gave strong indications that Nash would return next season. Gentry said he expects Nash to retire in a Phoenix uniform and Nash said he could see himself playing two more years past his current contract (one year remaining) and would consider signing an extension this summer to stay with the team.

Gortat said after the game that he will most likely forgo playing for the Polish National Team so he can spend the offseason working on his game and his body.


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