Rumor, innuendo, and “hearing things through the grapevine” always sounds ridiculous—never more so than when the NBA Draft is looming on the horizon, and a new collective bargaining agreement casts its ugly pallor over every move this off season. It’s no wonder news of Nash to New York failed to elicit the slightest tingle of excitement. Do I think Steve Nash is an upgrade over Chauncey Billips? In the Mike D’Antoni (don’t call it SSOL) offense, yes, but I don’t even think D’Antoni should have come back. I would have preferred it if Dolan had kept Donnie Walsh and gotten rid of D’Antoni’s Italian ambivalence towards defense, but since he got rid of Walsh, and kept D’Antoni, I guess this is the move? Whatever, we’ll see—when it happens.
The now old article from Bleacher Report does nothing to assuage my doubts about a post Walsh Knicks franchise. The only move I’ve disagreed with was the way they got ‘Melo and kept D’Antoni and all reports say Walsh wasn’t behind that.
The Knicks front office is also obsessed with a Congolese shot-blocker, which means Bismack Biyombo will most likely be huge and fast, but knows little about basketball. I’m already looking forward to Bismarck unification jokes if he brokers a deal between a feuding set of teammates—they just have to be Aryan (no more history jokes crammed into one line again—I promise). Any way, the Nash stuff is the most intriguing, but it’s starting to seem like the Knicks are trying to go for Denver’s scoring records from the late 80’s instead of composing a real basketball team that can actually defend someone.
Another huge rumor coming out of the Big Apple is that they would like to reunite head coach Mike D’Antoni and superstar power forward Amare Stoudemire with Steve Nash. The trade would involve swapping veteran point guards, Chauncey Billups for Nash, and possibly some other pieces to entice Phoenix to let go of Nash, who has won two MVP’s with the Suns and has reached icon status in the desert.
After reaching the Western Conference Finals and challenging the Lakers two years ago, the Suns have drastically fallen off and have entered a rebuilding mode. Nash is 37 years old and has not won a ring in his storied career, so allowing him to chase that dream in New York would be a proper thanks from Phoenix.