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Steve Nash says he was never really close to playing for Heat

Jun 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

The humble Steve Nash jumped on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and talked about… his health clubs in Vancouver, for one.

However there were more interesting things covered, like how he said he never really was that close to going to play for the Miami Heat — he wanted more than the one-year deal they were offering. The Lakers, Raptors and Knicks offered three years and the Lakers won out because it was closer to his children who live in Phoenix.

There’s also some talk about the Lakers, and how Nash realized they were up against it pretty early on in the season.

  1. slippyal2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    The Heat were wise to off him a one year. Nash is breaking down physically and is more than ever a reliability on defense. Lakers are stuck with a bad contract now.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      we all know now he should have signed with the Heat.

    • money2long - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      the heat already have a few players you’re describing nash as.

    • nativetexan2012 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Having a broken leg doesn’t mean you’re breaking down physically. The other injury late in the season was also a freak injury and not related to the chronic back problem he’s had his whole career. He was healthy last season. Mark Cuban said the same thing you just said when Nash left Dallas to go to Phoenix. Nash has been underestimated from college to the present. Why don’t you wait until next season before you try to put him in the Old Folks Home. You might be surprised. I don’t think the Lakers are stuck. If Nash is not able to play at a high level, he’ll retire. I don’t expect that to happen and neither does he.

  2. kingbeason52 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    He never really played for the Lakers this past season either. Disappointment.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      It wasn’t what the Lakers, fans or himself hoped for. He played in 50 of 82 games.

      But while he was out there, he did OK. He just missed the coveted 50, 90, 40 club where you shoot 50% from the field, 90% from the free throw line and 40% from 3 point range. His overall field goal percentage was .497%. He was way over 90% on free throws and well over 40% on 3’s.

      His “Per 36 minute average” for turnovers was 2.8 turnovers for every 36 min’s of playing time which is below his career average of 3.3 turnovers per 36 min’s of game action. His assists were only 7.4 per 36 min’s, well below his career of 9.8 but that has more to do with the ball being in Kobe’s hands so much.

      When he was out there, he shot the ball well, didn’t turn it over that much and found his teammates for assists. Numbers only show so much. While his assists per 36 min’s were low, for him, there isn’t anything that tracks how much he had the ball in his hands, which was a lot less due to Kobe having it so much. Nash wasn’t able to run the offense the way he had in yrs past and that was to be expected as he never had a teammate like Kobe before. They both had to make adjustments.

  3. mz1394 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Heat dodged a bullet on that one. By next season he’s going to be borrowing Paul pierces wheelchair

  4. spideysdog - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    hey slippyal2,

    the day Nash becomes a “reliability” on defense will be the first day of such. I believe you may have meant “liability”. as in, posting comments without spellchecking is a “liability” to my credibility.

    • explosionsauce - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Smug Alert!

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Nash is done Kobe shut him down. If ur a star why go play with Kobe. He won’t pass u the ball unless he can’t get the shot off. N no shot is to good for Kobe

    I thought Jordan was ball hog but this guy tops the cake

    Nash enjoy ur 2 yrs of doing nothing but rehab. N limited minutes.

    • lakerluver - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Just drop the sports and call yourself nut. Idiot.

    • 1historian - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      for the money the dude is making?

      Nollo problemo

  6. gmsalpha - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    @Spidey – Spellchecking wouldn’t help, because “reliability” is a perfectly common word.

    @mz1394 – Heat didn’t really dodge a bullet because they only offered him a one-year deal.

    But yes, the Lakers definitely goofed by signing Nash at this point in his career. Nash goofed by not signing with the Heat, who are in the easy Eastern conference. The Pacers are going to give them fits for years to come, but good luck getting an old Lakers team past the teams in the West. The Spurs are formidable, the Warriors are up and coming, the Grizzlies are very tough, and there’s Oklahoma City, who would likely be in the Finals were it not for a freak injury to Westbrook.

    I like Steve Nash. I understand why he chose the Lakers, but if he wanted his best shot at a championship, the Heat would have been the right spot. Not that he’d have “earned” his ring, but he’d still get one.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I think Nash would have earned his ring had he played for the Heat this yr and had they won it all with him on the team.

      The great Ray Allen, and he is a great shooter, shot the following this year for the Heat

      Overall field goal % – .449%
      3 point % – .419%
      Free throw % – .886%

      Steve Nash shot the following this year for the Lakers

      Overall field goal % – .497%
      3 point % – .438
      Free throw % – .922%

      Ray was 37 this yr and Steve was 38.

      Also, Ray’s career 3 point % is .401%. Steve’s career 3 point % is .428.

      Ray’s career free throw % is .894% and Steve’s is .904%

      Ray’s career FG % is .452% and Steve’s is .491%

      I list these to show that it wasn’t just this year that Steve shot better than Ray, he’s shot better than him by far in field goal percentage and 3 point percentage. Ray is close enough to Steve in free throw percentage that one may not say Steve has shot way better than him in this category.

      Ray gave the Heat 1.7 assists per game this year. Nash gave the Lakers 6.7 assists per game.

  7. asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Hopefully Nash can stay healthy next season. He played reasonably well when he was in the lineup. They need to acquire another point guard to take some pressure off him though, especially defensively. If Nash could be used situationally next season it would be great for the Lakers.

  8. censormynameandmycomments - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Nash did not pick LA because of his kids. Enough with that lie. The legal action Nash took to prevent his ex-wife from moving to LA with the kids precludes that terrible PR lie from being used again. Nash picked LA for two reasons: money and a chance to win. LA was the only place that could provide both. NY and MIA could give him a chance to win but couldn’t pay him, TOR and PHX could pay him but couldn’t win. Thanks to the trade exception they got when they mysteriously traded Lamar Odom, the Lakers could pay him and could presumably compete for a title with the addition of Dwight Howard. That’s why Nash went there. It had nothing to do with his kids. Nothing. That was the lie they told to try to placate Suns fans who might be angry and think Nash a traitor for going to the Suns division rivals. Suns fans HATE the Lakers. Now a lot of Suns fans hate Nash because not only did he go to the hated Lakers, he used his children to shield himself from criticism. Which is despicable.

    • money2long - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      yeah, what if it was true ? of course an angry fan would turn his nose to that possibility

    • nativetexan2012 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. If you did a little research you would know why he took the action he did. He had no reason to lie about why he went to LA. There was no reason to try and placate Suns fans. Phoenix didn’t offer him a contract. He was free to go where he wanted to go. If you’re going to comment on something, try getting the facts (court testimony for one) before you start making things up. His ex-wife was not interested in Steve Nash seeing his children. She has been making it difficult for him to see them. It would be no different in LA plus he doesn’t want his children raised there. He still has his home in Phoenix, his parents live there, it’s the only home his kids have known, and he plans to retire there. He didn’t want to uproot the kids, and then have to move them again when he retires. What’s despicable is making accusations which you have no basis for. This woman was hoping for more money (emails prove it) even though she was given $5 million in the divorce settlement. I don’t think Steve Nash makes decisions based on what the fans in Phoenix think about him. If they don’t appreciate him after what he did there, it’s on them.

  9. mz1394 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Always have to laugh at the people that write things like thunder would’ve been in the finals if….because the favored team always wins right?! lmao put away the Xbox or play station and try watching some games.

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