The Phoenix Suns go to all that trouble to bring in the Big Cactus, and now Steve Nash says he doesn’t even care if he gets a title.
The Suns star spoke with Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation, and told the Worldwide Leader that it wouldn’t bother him if he ended his NBA career ringless:
Wilbon: “Do you need a championship ring for some sort of athletic validation?”
Nash: “No, I mean, I don’t. I don’t really care if it does or doesn’t, you know. I’m going for it. If I don’t get it, I’ve had a great career, worked my butt off, I’ve had a great place to challenge myself and be part of a team, and the rest of it is irrelevant.”
Based on this revealing attitude, it would seem that Steve wasn’t the one to give his team a pre-game pep talk on Sunday, since the Suns beat the Spurs 94-87. But such a win may raise Nash’s aspirations a little, since he considers San Antonio the biggest roadblock to the NBA Finals:
Wilbon: “Does the road through the West still go through San Antonio?”
Nash: “I think it’s got to. You know, they’ve won three championships, you know, and they’ve got everybody back, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. Someone’s gotta knock ‘em off, and I’d love a chance at them again.”
Kobe & crew would beg to differ as to who’s the real top dog in the West. But the Lakers’ bark was worse than their bite on Sunday, as the current conference leaders lost to the Kings 114-113.
The Lake Show still maintains a 1/2 game lead over the Spurs in the Western Conference standings. But with the top 9 teams only 6 1/2 games apart, every win really counts.
Except to Steve.