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Steve Nash calls both sides of lockout “inevitably selfish”

Nov 3, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

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Halloween night I was standing in the front yard of a friend passing out candy with other dads while our kids soaked the neighbors for teeth-rotting treats when one guy asked, “Can you explain the lockout to me?” I did. And halfway through it I realized there is no way to describe this without everyone involved sounding like greedy imbeciles.

Steve Nash gets it that we don’t get it.

Sure, we can talk percentages of basketball related income and punitive luxury tax implications, we can understand the nuances. But that doesn’t mean we really get the “why?”

Nash talked perception with the Arizona Republic.

You have two wealthy sides arguing over percentage points,” Nash said. “It’s hard for fans to understand that this is a business. I don’t blame them. If I were in their shoes, I’d be critical, frustrated or even angry. You just want to see the game you love. Both sides are arguing for inevitably selfish reasons, but also for what’s right when they are gone. It’s a big mess.”

“A big mess.” That may be the most apt description of the lockout I have heard.

Nash has tweeted (actually retweeted) criticism of Suns owner Robert Saver during the lockout. But it’s the odd bedfellows of this thing — after the lockout Saver will be dependent on Nash to get people back in the building. Nash trade rumors will swirl but it would be very hard for Saver to trade Nash because if he thought the fan reaction to the lockout was bad…

It’s just a big mess.

  1. jrhall888 - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    I haven’t heard Nash’s comments regarding Saver, but I think he’s right. It’s not just a matter of how much money the players can get from the owners or the league, but about maintaining the gains and perceived sense of fairness that players in previous years have worked for and sacrificed for that give the players of today the opportunities they have. It’s like a fraternity. You want to pass on to the next generation what those before you have been able to secure.

  2. silverbuffalo - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Nash to Miami for Bosh – Sweet!

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