Thursday, June 23, 2011
What, Steve worry?
By Jared Zwerling
NEW YORK -- No matter which teams have inquired about Steve Nash's availability, the two-time MVP said he doesn't think the Phoenix Suns will trade him, period.
"They've told me plenty of times that they don't want to move me," said Nash, who hosted his fourth annual Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer game Wednesday, featuring NBA players and former soccer greats. "I'm not up to date on the rumors. I really don't read the papers. I usually hear from people on the streets, 'I hear you’re coming to the Knicks.' I think it’s all paper talk."
Suns president Lon Babby boxed out any trade talks as well. He called into a Phoenix radio station Wednesday to reaffirm that the organization has no plans to trade Nash.
"I have said it a zillion times. We are not trading Steve Nash," Babby told "Doug & Wolf" on Sports 620 KTAR.
If Nash was traded to New York -- where he would be reunited with head coach Mike D'Antoni and teammate Amare Stoudemire from their days in Phoenix -- he could instantly be on a title-contending team. But Nash isn't even dreaming up that scenario in his head. He's only focused on getting the Suns back to the playoffs after missing out this year.
"It’s nice that they say, 'We want you here [in New York],' and that's all I take,” Nash said. "Right now, I have a contract with the Suns. I'm ready to keep playing in Phoenix if we can continue to build a team and get back to where we were last year, fighting for a championship."
That wouldn't happen, of course, if there's a full-season lockout. Nash said he's been following the labor negotiations between the owners and players, which has seen more activity than progress.
"We all are staying abreast of the situation and trying to remain positive and optimistic that we can come to a conclusion," Nash said, "but it's not easy."