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Steve Nash receives a huge ovation in his return to Phoenix with the Lakers (VIDEO)

Jan 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, in what was his first trip back to town since being traded to Los Angeles over the summer.

Nash played eight seasons for the Suns, and became the face of the franchise thanks to his personal style of play that had the team playing a competitive and entertaining style of basketball for the majority of his time in Phoenix.

The fans recognized him with a huge ovation during the introduction of starting lineups, after the Lakers made a respectful gesture by allowing Nash to be introduced last to his former hometown fans.

Apparently Jon Barry on the ESPN broadcast wasn’t as impressed, but everyone sitting where I was (about 24 rows up, where I shot the video) agreed that the reception given to Nash was more than appropriate.

In case it wasn’t big enough for some, however, midway through the first quarter a video tribute to Nash played on the scoreboard during a timeout, and at that moment there was no mistaking the fans’ reaction.

As soon as it began, the entire arena rose to its feet and began cheering loudly, and remained standing and applauding until the video concluded with the words “Thanks, Steve!” frozen on the screen.

  1. eureca323 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Huge ovation? Not quite.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      I love to see this kind of stuff. Too many fans boo former players. Its a business ppl. Nash poured his soul into that franchise and deserved to be recognized in a positive light for doing so

  2. slimsteve22 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    And also a huge standing ovation for former Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni………..oh. Guess not

    • stoudemelo - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      D’Antoni left years ago bro….. They are over it

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        it always stings to see your old girl/boy friend…………

  3. cowboychris5xchamps - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    LAKERS LOSE AGAIN!!! Hahahaha! 100% trash!

  4. sportsnut101 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Suns where cheering for all the draft picks they got back. Looks like lottery pick this yr possible

    An did we see a Beasley sighting tnite man I thought he was on retirement out in Arizona

    Give the polish hammer the Rock

  5. dko83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    You better cheer this guy PHX fans, he made you relevant for years… I will always remember those Suns/Spurs series that were so great. If Duncan doesn’t hit that crazy three, who knows…

  6. franchiseplaya - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Nice to see some class from both organizations towards one of the best ambassadors for the game. the Lakers for allowing Nash to have his moment and let him be announced last and the Suns for their montage recognizing Nashs contributions and loyalty to a team that he couldve left a couple of years ago and never whined for a trade.

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