Mike D'Antoni, Steve Nash evolve

Return to Phoenix is a reminder of how distant the good old days have become

Updated: January 30, 2013, 1:28 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It took a few months for the magnitude of his decision to fully sink in, for Mike D'Antoni to understand everything he'd left behind when he left the Phoenix Suns for the New York Knicks in the spring of 2008.

He was frustrated, sure, with the Suns' sad playoff fates, with the way things ended and the way things were heading. But he should've waited a little while, taken a month to cool off, to think, to process, to heal from another painful playoff ending.

Because by leaving ...

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