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Success is bittersweet for best buds Nash and Nowitzki

Updated: June 1, 2006, 7:29 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- They are two wins away from the NBA Finals. Both of them.

They also know that this difficult assignment -- beating your best friend in basketball to get there -- is not over in two or three more games.

It might be years before it's over, actually.

The team Steve Nash left? Dirk Nowitzki has it closer to a championship than it's ever been.

The team Nash rejoined? He has it threatening to make a fairy-tale trip to the Finals without the injured Amare Stoudemire ...

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