Steve Nash: 'I was very close' to joining Raptors
Old 10-16-2012, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In an interview with QMI Agency last week, Nash confirmed he was on the verge of signing a deal with the Raptors. GM Bryan Colangelo reportedly offered the Victoria, B.C., product a three-year, $36-million contract -- close to $10 million more than he received from the Lakers.

"I was very close, you know," Nash said. "Because it appeared that they were going to be an option long before free agency started. So I got my head around that and I was comfortable with that and happy with the opportunity to play in Toronto. But when this opportunity (with the Lakers) became a reality, I couldn't pass it up."
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It's all about winning. Even with Nash in the fold, the Raptors weren't going to win anything this season, and probably not next season, either. Still, that didn't stop a great many Raptors fan from pounding on Nash for turning his back on the only Canadian team in the NBA. Captain Canada, as Nash was called when he still played for the national team, was branded a traitor, and worse.

Nash heard and read the criticisms and it hurt. But he was eager on this day to make the point that he didn't use the Raptors in some diabolical way to garner a better deal in New York or L.A., and was sincerely excited about the prospect of playing on home soil.

"It wasn't in any way like, 'Oh well, I gotta go to Toronto.' I was thrilled," Nash said.

"Unfortunately it wasn't a team contending for a championship. But I love Toronto, it's home in many senses. And I think it's a first-class organization and a first-class city and I would have been extremely proud to play for them and represent the city, and play for those fans and hopefully help get that team into the playoffs."

An advantage of playing in T.O., Nash said -- aside from trying to help the Raptors reach the post-season for the first time since 2008 -- was his role as GM of the national team. (Nash also has been criticized, including in this corner numerous times, for quitting the national team as a player in 2004).

"It would have been a different situation," he said of playing in Toronto. "It would have been rewarding in other ways, but I wouldn't have had an opportunity to play on a team with as much talent as we have and hopefully be a contender."
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Coulda woulda shoulda didnt.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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is what it is...im way over it, hope he get a ring really, i like nash a lot.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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is what it is...im way over it, hope he get a ring really, i like nash a lot.
Me too...

But I hope the Raps woop the Lakers ass when they come to T.O.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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fuck off, steve.

this article could be framed and held up as an example of exactly what is wrong with the NBA.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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ya, thats called "the dark side"

I hate it too, but fuck it, lifes hard enough that i dont care to fight battles for the NBA anymore hahaha
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think Lowry fits with us waaaayyy better. Hey I wanted Nash for sure, but we couldn't expect anything after 2-3 years. He isn't God, his body will eventually break down.

Lowry = way better defence(one of the best at the 1), hitting his prime, with a chance to stay long-term. Also for now he takes up very little with his contract.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Question: If winning was so damn important then why the hell did he waste the last 2 years in PHX when it was CLEAR to everyone that the Suns didn't give a fuck about competing for a title anymore?
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Question: If winning was so damn important then why the hell did he waste the last 2 years in PHX when it was CLEAR to everyone that the Suns didn't give a fuck about competing for a title anymore?
I guess he felt he owed some loyalty to them.............................

Then again,all that went out the window when he joined the Suns rival
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Question: If winning was so damn important then why the hell did he waste the last 2 years in PHX when it was CLEAR to everyone that the Suns didn't give a fuck about competing for a title anymore?
Well he always wanted to stay professional, he always said "if PHX wants to trade me they can. Whatever is in their best interest." I still respect that.
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Well he always wanted to stay professional, he always said "if PHX wants to trade me they can. Whatever is in their best interest." I still respect that.
LOL.... yeah... he said all that back THEN.... until he found out the Lakers wanted him... and then it was "You guys BETTER make this happen... you OWE me."

Meh. Sorry Steve.... but I won't ever root for the evil empire. Even if it means denying you your ring.
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He was close to not being a corporate sellout.

Sorry folks, he's an American now. I would say he's lost much of his Canadian.
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Wow, imagine what could have been ... P&Rs with Nash and mbenga ... dinasty baby!
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is what it is...im way over it, hope he get a ring really, i like nash a lot.
I hope he doesn't! Fuck him and that whole team, and even more so I don't want Howard getting a ring either.
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He was close to not being a corporate sellout.

Sorry folks, he's an American now. I would say he's lost much of his Canadian.
Meh, he's more South African.
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I am actually quite happy that Nash signing has not worked out. Would have been happier still had we not picked up a fairly useless Fields along the way.

Raptors certainly would not have been good for Nash, other than a source of more income. Nash, on the surface, could have been great for the Raptors, but the gains would have been incredibly short-term and as a result would have only slowed the inevitable search for a more permanent solution at 1. Now we can at least hope that Lowry is that guy.
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I am actually quite happy that Nash signing has not worked out. Would have been happier still had we not picked up a fairly useless Fields along the way.

Raptors certainly would not have been good for Nash, other than a source of more income. Nash, on the surface, could have been great for the Raptors, but the gains would have been incredibly short-term and as a result would have only slowed the inevitable search for a more permanent solution at 1. Now we can at least hope that Lowry is that guy.
I totally agree, I am just happy he didn't go to NY, that would have been more of a slap in the face
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He's an asshole.
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