Stein: How Nash became a Laker
Old 07-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rumbles that Gretzky, one of Nash's boyhood heroes, would be involved in the Raptors' Nash pitch leaked out through the Toronto media before the two parties got together, but "involved" was understating it. The Great One's unmistakable voice was the backdrop for a compilation of clips and interviews that traced Nash's lifelong journey from young basketball dreamer on faraway Victoria Island in British Columbia to two-time MVP with the Suns, hitting all the stops (Santa Clara, Canada's fairy-tale run at the 2000 Olympics and more) in between and promising a Gretzky-esque legacy if he'd join the Raptors now.

More than one person in the room would later say that Nash was fighting back tears watching it all.

"We all were," Duffy said. "It was like watching a Hall of Fame video.

"They wanted us to close the deal right then."

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The first 24 hours of luxurious action delivered a lot to digest. Duffy urged Nash to "sleep on it" all when they finally parted, but Nash admits that by "Monday morning I was ready to decide between New York and Toronto."

"We're thinking," Duffy said, "that this is going to be a two-horse race."
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The phone didn't stop ringing, though. Nets general manager Billy King followed up on his initial call by reiterating that Nash was Brooklyn's top choice in the event that Deron Williams elected to sign with Dallas. He pressed for his own face-to-face session with Nash. Miami's Pat Riley, despite the Heat's limited financial flexibility, rang again. And then Kupchak circled back to see how things were progressing.

Duffy says that's when he asked Kupchak point-blank: "How serious are you, Mitch? Because Steve would love to be on the West Coast." By the end of Day 2, Kupchak had not only convinced Nash and his agent that the Lakers were serious but had also secured approval from Lakers ownership to offer the guaranteed third contract year that Nash was seeking at 38.

The far bigger obstacle was that everyone understood that the well-over-the-cap Lakers had only one path to making a representative bid for Nash, needing to absorb him into the $8.9 million trade exception L.A. had created in December by shipping Lamar Odom to Dallas without taking any salary back.

And that would require the seemingly unthinkable: Phoenix consenting to signing-and-trading Nash to the team its fans loathe more than any other.

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And that's why the Knicks and Raptors were still waiting for an answer when Duffy boarded an evening flight back to the Bay Area. The veteran agent, at Nash's insistence, asked the Atlantic Division neighbors to hang in there, sit tight a little longer and give Nash just a bit more time to make the most difficult decision of his career. Because Nash was the top free-agent target for both teams this season, and with the Lakers still by no means assured of getting the green light from the Suns, New York and Toronto grudgingly stuck around.

"Our financial offer and the long-term opportunity for Steve were certainly better, but I can't fault a guy for putting his family ahead of everything else," Colangelo told ESPN.com on Monday. "The fact that that he will be competing for a title made this easy for him. I'm still disappointed, but I completely understand his decision. As a friend, I wish him well."

Not that things were settled by this stage. Not with the Suns demanding a package of four draft picks from the Lakers -- two future first-rounders and two future second-rounders -- just for the right to keep the trade talks alive.

So Nash's celebrated foray into free agency, which began on Canada Day, would be spilling into the Fourth of July.

"I really thought," Nash said, "this was going to be over fast."
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"I told Robert that, in all the years that you're going to own this franchise, I don't think you'll ever have a person in this organization as special as Steve Nash," Duffy said. "He's inarguably the greatest Sun this franchise has ever had. So if you're ever going to make an exception for something, he'd be the guy. And Robert, bless his soul, ended up giving his blessing."

But Duffy knows, realistically, that the speech only did so much good. The Knicks were prepared to part with a player whom the Suns loved in the 2011 draft in a sign-and-trade with Phoenix -- guard Iman Shumpert -- but the clincher for the Lakers might well have been the Suns' fast-moving negotiations with another Duffy client: Goran Dragic. With Phoenix not only extracting a variety of assets from L.A. but also emerging from the Nash breakup with a quality coveted replacement, it became slightly more palatable for Sarver to sign off.

"It probably didn't hurt," Duffy concedes, "that we were going to be a part of the solution for them."

NBA -- How Steve Nash to Los Angeles Lakers happened - ESPN
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No one seen the Lakers coming. I seriously thought he would be coming here. But after 2days in, I kind of sensed he was looking elsewhere for a sign and trade to a contender.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No one seen the Lakers coming. I seriously thought he would be coming here. But after 2days in, I kind of sensed he was looking elsewhere for a sign and trade to a contender.
I was seeing some say it was a given that he was coming. Lol
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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To be completely honest, a lot of this was the Suns, Nash's own personal shit, a wife.

The Raptor have nothing to be upset about and did all they can, as a fan of the team I'm satisfied with that and am happy wishing Nash well, and kinda stoked to see what he can do with a guy as ruthless as Kobe Bryant to pass to.

I have two teams now, Raps and Lakers.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It must be so easy to be a lakers fan... But in some ways I enjoy the struggles we go through. That makes the victories that much sweeter.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hell ya man, us Toronto fans are all born masochists!
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Am I the only one that heard the deciding factor for Nash was spending time with his kids in LA? Apparently that's where his ex and kids are situated.
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Am I the only one that heard the deciding factor for Nash was spending time with his kids in LA? Apparently that's where his ex and kids are situated.
Actually they're situated in Phoenix. LA keeps him within a 1hr flight away from them.
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Am I the only one that heard the deciding factor for Nash was spending time with his kids in LA? Apparently that's where his ex and kids are situated.
Nah, his family is in Phoenix. He's just happy in LA because it is about an hour flight to PHX, so he can see his kids a few times a month rather than a few times a year, as he put it.
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And one of Thriller or Jeff has to change their avatar. Driving me batty.
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And one of Thriller or Jeff has to change their avatar. Driving me batty.
zero creativity... I expected more of both!

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There, i changed it. lol
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They just can't compete so why try?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks Jeff! Did a double take when I thought I saw Thriller quoting and correcting himself.
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His kids being part of this is such a pile of bullshit.
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I never noticed how un-proportionate Steve Nash's head is compared to his body. Must be the new hair cut, or the size of the jersey.

Anyways, it looks unnatural, seeing Steve in Laker yellow.
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