Let the wooing begin
Old 06-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Let the wooing begin

Interesting read from 2004,

With the arrival of 12:01 a.m. out East – or July 1 for all those in the NBA’s New York offices – the Suns’ president was dialing Dallas, or more specifically Duffy, as in Bill Duffy, Nash’s long-time agent.

“He just said ‘I want to be the first to call, let you know how interested we are in Steve,’” Duffy tells Suns.com of his conversation with Colangelo. “‘We know a lot about him. We had him here before and we want him back. We think this is where he should be and I just want to make that real clear to Steve.’ Steve happened to be next to me at that time, so he was able to talk to Bryan at 11:01 p.m. (Dallas time). It meant a lot.”

Joining Sarver, whose investment group had closed on the sale of the franchise the day before, was the Colangelos, of course, and new minority investor/consultant Steve Kerr. Also on board the Canadair Challenger jet was Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, who gave up a long-planned Alaskan cruise with his family to attend the pitch, and Suns forward Amaré Stoudemire.

Chapman left late at night – or early in the morning – but he left behind a little gift from the Suns, a 96-page coffee table book, custom-made and published specifically for Nash.

Covered in black leather with the Suns’ bird logo and the title “Turning Point” embossed on the cover, the recruiting piece featured in-depth sections on the organization, its history and current structure, a breakdown of the recent sale, and scouting reports on the coaching staff and young talent on the roster. There were also detailed sections on the new America West Arena and the city of Phoenix, including the top shopping, dining and golf options in the Valley.

Perhaps most eye catching of all, though, were the doctored images of Nash in a No. 13 Suns uniform peppered throughout the book.

“Oh, it was well done,” Duffy says. “I mean, it showed a future picture of him in the Ring of Honor there, described his role on the team, had a message from the owner, a letter from Jerry (Colangelo). It was excellent. Very well done. Really a great presentation.”

After exchanging some small talk, it was time for lunch. The 10 men involved in the meeting circled a giant table covered in a wide assortment of food. A table and feast King Arthur would certainly be proud of. The Suns’ representatives then took turns making their personal pitches to Steve.

“We talked for about an hour,” says D’Antoni. “Different people shared their visions for the team and how much Steve would mean, and where he would fit in. We just made him comfortable with all the principles.”

Much as he had in the personal letter to Steve included in the coffee table book, Jerry Colangelo discussed his 37-year pursuit of an NBA Championship and how Nash could help the club get closer to that goal. Bryan Colangelo talked about the dynamics and structure of the team as it currently exists, while D’Antoni shared some of his coaching philosophies.

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Old 06-29-2012, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bryan should just hand him keys to the city, a front loaded contract and whatever the fuck else he desires. And I mean anything
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