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Grant Hill says what Nash did like going from Duke to North Carolina

Sep 19, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

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Grant Hill left Phoenix for Los Angeles, but nobody in the Valley of the Sun really holds that against him because he’s going to the Clippers and, while they certainly will be good, nobody really hates them yet. Everyone kind of shrugs at that move west.

Steve Nash going from the Suns to the hated Lakers… that’s different.

Here is what Hill said about the move on KGME sports radio in Phoenix, as transcribed by Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic (hat tip to SLAM).

“That’s like transferring from Duke and going to Carolina.”

It’s going to be interesting to see the reaction Suns fans give Nash when he returns to Phoenix in a Lakers jersey. It’s not going to have the venom that Dwight Howard will get upon his return to Orlando, mostly because Nash handled his exit with class and most Suns fans accepted the idea of him spending the last couple years of his career chasing a ring.

But with the Lakers? That changes the vibe. Suns fans hate the Lakers. (Really, the fans of 29 teams hate the Lakers.)

I expect a more mixed reaction, because that was the one place Nash could go that it wouldn’t sit well in Phoenix.

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