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Steve Nash pleased old pal won title

DALLAS -- Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki became fast friends as teammates and as young players they fell just short of making the NBA Finals together in 2003.

Since then, Nash has missed a couple of golden-turned-hard-luck chances with the Phoenix Suns, while Nowitzki twice went and obviously won it all with a spectacular postseason run last June.

Nash, in Dallas with the Suns to take on the Mavs tonight, said he was happy to see Nowitzki as well Jason Kidd, who was drafted by the Mavs and played in Phoenix when Nash was a rookie, win it all.

"To see Dirk and Jason win a title is exciting, one, but two, especially the both of them have been with this franchise a long time. Jason in two parts and Dirk from Day One," Nash said after the Suns' morning shootaround. "So, to see guys who mean a lot to the community and mean a lot to a franchise over the years kind of turn that corner and win a championship was, I don’t know if it’s justification or what you may call it, but it was kind of sweet, and I’m just happy for those guys and happy for the city."

Nash, 37, is running out of opportunities. The Suns (2-3) are not championship material. Still, throughout his career Nash, a beloved two-time league MVP, hasn't had to deal with the criticism endured by Nowitzki that he would never lead a team to a title as long as he was relied upon to be the top dog.

"So many guys have come and gone since I’ve even been here and to watch Dirk be that central figure that was able to galvanize a group and be able to take them all the way was special," Nash said. "But, for me it didn’t feel like I missed anything.

“Not everybody gets the opportunity, so for the fans, the players, it’s just exciting for them and kind of the celebration and enjoyment they get afterwards."