The Steve Nash trade rumor stuff will continue until the March 15 NBA trade deadline has come and gone. The latest bit of total silliness involves Lamar Odom. Yawn. And of course, the Orlando Magic noise is still out there but we've already covered that ground.

Suns President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babby, was on the Doug and Wolf Show Wednesday and once again said the same thing he's been saying along about Nash. He answered the "Why not trade Nash?" question and gave totally reasonable answers to all the other reasonable Nash questions.

Listen for yourself here.

A more interesting response came to the question about the Suns making other moves at the trade deadline. Here's what Babby had to say about that:

"There could be opportunities to do something now."

Go on...

"I don't predict that there will be."

Oh, OK.

"I mean, we're in a position of having some flexibility beginning in 2012. We don't have a whole lot of flexibility now but because we have flexibility in 2012 that could conceivably open up opportunities."


"I think I said to you guys last week, we're not going to do anything that has a short term vista on it. It's going to have to have to be something that makes us better, or creates an opportunity to make us better in the long term and in the future. And so, I don't predict anything dramatic like that would happen but I'm not going to tell you it's impossible."

Ah, I see. So you're saying there's a chance of a trade but only if it's a good deal for the future and not a "win now" deal like the Aaron Brooks trade was last season. Das ist sehr klar. dànké

Do you think the Suns will make a trade at or before the deadline this year?

Oh, also here's some video from Wednesday's practice. There's not a ton of good stuff in here outside the Nash response to the Shaq thing, but Steve did also talk about comparisons between himself and Ricky Rubio and Alvin Gentry talked about rebounding better and turnovers...again.

Also, Markieff talked about his visit back to Kansas over the weekend for the big rivalry game with Missouri that turned out to be quite a thriller.

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Shaq isn't happy standing in Nash's shadow.

When you think of two super stars battling it out in a war of words with shots fired through the media, the first two guys that come to mind are Shaquille O`Neal and Steve Nash. OK, maybe only one of those guys comes to mind.

Here's how it all lays out.

In one corner we have One-Time MVP Shaquille O`Neal who had a fairly decent career and has done alright for himself financially and otherwise. But that's obviously not enough for the Big _____.

Here's what Shaq recently told Vibe Magazine about Steve Nash winning the MVP Award in 2005 and 2006:

Shaquille O'Neal believes he deserved MVP awards, not Steve Nash -
Steve Nash is my boy, but I don't see how the f--- he got it twice. I was taught never to complain because you can't beat the system. People know who the real dominant guy was.

But Steve Nash, I don't want to say it because you might print it and it might cause problems. I don't believe he beat me out twice.

In the other corner we have the Two-Time MVP Award winner, Steve Nash.

"I didn't know what he said," Nash responded when asked to comment on Shaq's comments.

Told what Shaq said, Nash came out with with both barrels blazing:

"Well, I mean The Diesel's entitled to his opinion. I know some people feel like I shouldn't have won the MVP (and) some people feel like I should have won three. He's entitled to his opinion."

You can see the emotion on Nash's face and hear the fire in his voice as he gives his response.

Check out this nearly exclusive video.

There you have it, it doesn't get any nastier than that.

Oh, and in case you really care about the historic details, Arizona has them:

Nash won his first MVP in 2005, after leading the Suns to 62 wins while averaging 15.5 points and 11.5 assists per game. That same season, O'Neal averaged 22.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the 59-win Miami Heat.

The second of Nash's awards came the following season, when he led an injury-ravaged Suns team to 54 wins while averaging a career-best 18.8 points per game and dishing out 10.5 assists. O'Neal, though, only played in 59 games that year due to injuries, averaging 20 points and 9.2 rebounds per night.

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