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Steve Nash issues statement after being traded to the Lakers

Jul 4, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

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The Lakers acquiring Steve Nash through a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns was unexpected, to say the very least. New York and Toronto were considered the frontrunners to land Nash, but being close to family and having the opportunity to compete for a championship were factors that turned out to be more important than many on the outside first realized.

Nash issued a statement once the deal was done, and here it is in its entirety (via ESPN.com):

“For the last 8 seasons I’ve been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me and that I have come to call home. This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change.

“After talking with (owner) Robert (Sarver) and (president of basketball operations) Lon (Babby) we’ve agreed that it’s time for both of us to move in new directions. I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.

“They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better, assets they would not have otherwise had and it made sense for them to do a deal that helps their team get better.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to the organization and Robert in particular. I know how hard this was for him and that fact that he was able to help me and my family in this way … it means a lot and says a lot about his character. I will never forget this gesture. Above and beyond.

“The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future. I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization.”

Nash is a class act, and maybe some of the public perception of Suns owner Robert Sarver will improve after his actions helped Nash get to where he wanted to go. Suns fans will undoubtedly be disgusted seeing Nash play in a Lakers uniform next season, but maybe there’s some solace in knowing that it was his choice to do so, and that the organization repaid his loyalty by helping him get his wish via the sign-and-trade.

  1. joshm5683 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Steve Nash is 1 of the classiest guys in the league and I think even Laker haters will be happy if he wins a title. D12 could learn a thing or two from him.

  2. boltsup - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Kobe will actually have wide open shots for once…. Made my damn holiday!

    • doctorfootball - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Yes. And the Lakers defense against point guards will continue to be the worst in the league. Do you know what defense is? Neither does Nash lol

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        Lakers have big men. Defending PGs on the ball is a great perk, but not necessary to win titles. Boston won a title with shoddy Rondo playing defense. The bulls never had more than an average defender at PG. You can scheme to take away guys like Russ. Miami did it. You have no point.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        Defense Shmefense…. who cares? Did Magic Johnson play great defense? Did Isiah Thomas? Does Derrick Rose? As long as they have people to protect the rim, and they do, they will be fine. If you want defense sign trevor ariza or avery bradley. They needed a playmaker. And they got the best one in the league.

      • progress2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

        Mr. Wrong !!!

        Your comment is obtuse, simple-minded, half-baked, dense & moronic…AT BEST !

        1. lakers have big men- are you referring to the same big men that allowed a 5’6″ PG to torch your defense 2 years ago. Or this year, with Westbrook “flying” to the basket with ease.

        2. If Rondo’s defense is “shoddy” ….you sir listen to games on your a.m. radio and have NEVER actually watched a game on t.v. or dare I say, attend a game.

        Conversely, if Rondo’s defense is “shoddy” how would you describe Nash’s non-existent defense.

        3. To make a comment about the ” bulls never had more than an average defender at PG” further exhibits your lack of knowledge of the game. MJ, the 1st team defender for most of his career, ALWAYS checked the best scoring guard on the opposing team, be it PG or SG.

        4. Miami successfully schemed because they have LBJ !!! You don’t have a player….there is no player currently in the league that is a freak of nature like him, that can defend 1-5.

        Please do some research before speaking with just passion. It further discredits any credibility you would have had and makes your screen name of Mr. Wright a laughing stock !!! I’m laughing…..AHAHAHAHhahahahah

      • robbie84 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:55 AM

        lol at this joker calling Rondo’s defense ‘Shoddy’- best defensive point guard in the NBA? mmm yes he is. Steve Nash has possibly the worst defense for an MVP in the history of the NBA.
        He is an all time great playmaker though and having the twin towers behind him will help.

        Good pick up for the Lakers. They might catch Rondo’s ‘shoddy’ organization as tied with the most titles.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        You guys are just nitpicking about Nash’s defense, yes it is horrible, but so was Ramon Sessions D. This trade is great for the lakers because what they really needed was offensive improvement, and someone to dominate the ball and run the show. Kobe doesn’t want to have to do everything on offense, and this will open up things for kobe and he will also be able to focus a bit more on defense and slow down point guards. I think they will play great together.

        Because of the lakers big men, they can turn opposing teams into jump shooting teams, and their offense will be much better. Also, Devin Ebanks can be a great wing defender, he just can’t shoot. If he learns how to shoot this offseason, then lakers will have that extra wing defender they need. Yea they don’t have a wing defender like lebron right now, but do the heat have bynum and gasol down low?

  3. phx1311 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    i damn near dropped the phone when i saw that. as a suns fan im devastated but i do hope nash finally gets his ring.

    • 91devinhester23 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      i think everyone can agree on that. His humility and patience are really amazing and other stars should take note. I don’t think anyone in the league deserves a ring more.

  4. loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Nash is a good guy…and that was very commendable by the Sun’s owners to grant his wishes. kinda reminds me of when Utah let Derek Fisher o back to LA due to his child’s health issues and LA being one of the few places that could tret her. Kudos to the Suns.

  5. josephfinkelberg - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Indeed, Nash’s fans will not be comfortable to watch this small yet fabulous guy to play in Lakers team. That was a sad thing but they, even I need to accept his decision. -Joseph Finkelberg

  6. isujames - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Wide open shots with the same results, brix.

  7. royistheboy - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I love me some Steve Nash. Don’t like the Lake show necessarily, but anyone but LeBron winning a title is fine with me!

  8. rocketsbb - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I just don’t see what the problem is between people and Lebron, i mean what has he done to you? I don’t like Miami under any circumstances but come on, he’s the best basketball player in the world and it was his decision to go to south beach, not yours!

    • crise1 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Its not that fact that we hate lebron and where he went s@#$* I love the fact that he left cleveland and shook up the league. Its the stupid childish antics that he performed on his way out, the media coverage, the 6,7,8 championships which is very offensive to some of the greatest player who never won a ring. These guys are one injury away from not winning a championship again, look at the struggle they went through with bosh out of the line up now imagine that was wade. So again its not the decision its the antics and oh yah why we talking about lebron this is a steve nash article?

  9. chicagosworth - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I want Nash to get a ring SOMETIME before he’s done but I don’t want Kobe to get his 6th.. Chicagos winning next season anyway

    • obijuan13 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      I hope Rose wins one soon, but it might be a hard coming back at the mid point of the season. Having a shortened season and no traing camp already was horrible for injuries as it was.

  10. canehouse - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Bring it!

  11. rickyspanish - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    doctorfootball

    At least you made yourself laugh.

  12. nygdriveforfive - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I would be so pissed if I was Suns fan. There owner should be ashamed of himself. Nash deserves respect so you say to him, okay Steve anywhere but in division.
    What a slap in the face to there fans.

    • manchestermiracle - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      *their…..So the way you respect him is send him away from his kids? The way you respect your fans is to let him walk away in free agency with nothing in return? Suns need to rebuild and got a slew of draft picks for Nash. Win-win for both teams.Stick with football and the (l)east coast.

  13. rickyspanish - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    chicagosworth knows how to make me laugh! Chicago isn’t as good as Oklahoma let alone Miami. Westbrook and Rose are the same player, the difference between the two teams is that Kevin Durant is more valuable than Westbrook and your fraudulent ex-MVP. Westbrook and Durant or Rose and Boozer/Noah/Deng/Hamilton? The Bulls are the basketball version of the nineties Buffalo Bills, not good enough.

  14. monkeyhateclean - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Suns fans should be in the streets celebrating. The Lakers are going to be giving over some amazingly high picks in near future! LA fans? Well, maybe the Clippers will be good in a few years?

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      well, first off, the Clippers are good now. Second off, the Lakers aren’t building right now, they have a roster they think they can contend with, they don’t need picks. Picks are going to be players that likely won’t help right away, and the Lakers need players that will help now. The 2015 pick may be a nice one for the Suns, but it’s worth it to get a 2 time MVP.

  15. murkcity32 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Had the suns not done the trade he could only get $3.5 mil from lakers. thats why he asked.

  16. jearl82 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    bulls wont win next year and neither will the lakers miami and okc for the next two years sorry laker fans this just dont make you good enough

  17. dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    I don’t see what Suns fans have to be excited about but maybe Nash was just being optimistic…

  18. vstyle23 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    And Orlando will trade you D12 for Ron peace, Bynum and Gasol would be Cooh too. What do you think Laker fan, and don’t start with that “it’s too much to give up” stuff. You just got Nash and would be getting Dwight

  19. magicbucs - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Hey Dwight i hope you take some notes on how to leave a franchise…with respect and class.

  20. rgf1982 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    doctorfootball posting on basketball news? do you tune pianos when your not busy at your veterinarian job?

  21. galaragabigcat - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Happy to see Nash coming to Lakerland! Kudos for Suns mgt. for trading him to a team he wanted to go to….Orlando should do the same for Howard. He wants to go to Brooklyn and the Nets can give them pieces to rebuild, why make it miserable for a player who gave you 8 goods years. This is the NBA, they had to know he would want to leave if they didn’t produce a winning roster!

  22. mcqphx - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Sad

  23. kaemicha - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Nash went over the the dark side. I love Steve hate the Lakers. This sucks for me!

  24. asublimeday - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Hey, a player who is conscious of the weight of legacy, and who isn’t a ring whore. Thanks for not going to the Flamers, Nash. Glad America still likes you.

  25. txnative61 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    My opinion? More than anything the Lakers have lacked character. Now they have a good example, will they pay attention?

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