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10-06-2004, 01:42 PM
Chat Transcript: Steve Nash

Steve chatted live with fans on Tuesday.
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The Phoenix Suns entered the 2004 offseason looking to add a veteran point guard, looking to add leadership and looking to add some mental toughness. They found it all in Steve Nash.

Just hours into the league's free-agent negotiating period, the franchise's top brass flew to Dallas with power forward Amaré Stoudemire to try and lure Nash, their No. 1 target, back to the team that selected him 15th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft.

Whatever was said worked, as Nash has returned to the Valley to take the reigns of a young and athletic group with the potential to make a big splash in the much-changed Western Conference. The Canadian native is one of the league's elite playmakers, ranking in the top 12 in assists in each of the last four seasons, and is anxious to continue sharing the wealth with his new running mates, including Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson.

Among the most accurate free-throw and three-point shooters in league history, the nine-year NBA vet will take aim at guiding the Suns back to the playoffs after a one-year absence. But first, Nash will take your questions during a live chat from the Suns' Training Camp in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Check out what Steve had to say about the Suns, leaving Dallas and much more.

Moderator: Steve is running a bit late, but will be joining us soon

Jackson (Phoenix): Hey Steve, big fan thanks for coming here.. Can you tell us what went into the decision to sign back with phoenix?

Steve Nash: They wanted me more than Dallas, and that was extremely flattering, especially when they backed up that desire financially.

Mike Combs(Brandon): Steve, I'm a huge fan of yours, like all Canadians are. My question is do you believe you are going to have become more of a scorer this year then you had in Dallas?

Steve Nash: No, I don't think so. I'm just gonna try and be myself. We have lots of guys who can score on this team, so I will mostly concentrate on being a leader on the team, in any way I can.

Deeman(chicago): Do you automaticially assume leadership on a team loaded with young talent?

Steve Nash: Yeah, no question.

Steve Nash: I think it's natural for me to be a leader, being the point guard and one of the most experience guys on the team.

Billy Onhsee(Austin,MN): How will you adapt to playing alongside Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudamire compared to palying along side with Dirk Nowitzki?

Steve Nash: I think they are different players, but they are each capable in different ways. Personally, I will concentrate on my game and then play off their strengths, which is what a point guard is supposed to do.

Curtis J. Phillips, Fort McMurray: Now that Todd MacCulloch and Rick Fox have retired there are only two Canadians left in the NBA. Yourself and Jamaal Magloire. Plus, to date only 17 Canadians have ever made it to the NBA. Will having only the two of you now effect the chance of more Canadians following?

Steve Nash: I don't think so. The NBA is a pretty unbiased league when it comes to talent. If a Canadian kid comes along with talent, the NBA will surely find a place for him. It's just a matter of Canadians working hard and succeeding.

Brian (Scottsdale): Hi Steve, I'm a huge fan, so it's great to have you back in Phoenix. I'm also a huge Kevin Johnson fan, so I'm wondering how much he influenced your game when you first joined the league?

Steve Nash: I think the biggest influence he had on me, was he told me he thought I was as good as anyone he played against, and that was a huge compliment for me as a young player.

Jay (Dallas): Hey Steve! You've seen a lot of new guys come into Dallas over the years and attempt to acclimate themselves to you, Dirk and Fin. Now that you are one of the new guys in Phoenix, what steps are you taking to develop a rapport with your new teammates?

Steve Nash: I'm just trying to get to know the guys. I'm trying to get an understanding for their game and take the time for us to get comfortable with each other.

Matt (Seattle): Who is your favorite point guard of all time and what did you like the most about his/her game?

Steve Nash: My hero was always Isiah Thomas. I just loved how skilled he was, and what a great competitor he was.

Adam (Lafayette): Steve, welcome back to Phoenix! We missed you. What do you see as your role this year and what do you bring to the table to make this years team better than last? Thanks!

Steve Nash: I think leadership and experience first of al. Hopefully I can make the game easier for my teammates, help them get better. If I can contribute in those areas, I think that will be good for us as a team.

Bobby, Mililani Hawaii: Hi Steve, How do you think Yuta Tabuse will help the Suns? What do you think of his overall game?

Steve Nash: I like Yuta, I think he's a very good player. But as with many rookies behind veterans, you never know if he will be able to contribute right away.

Jaryd, Victora B.C.: Your other two stints with NBA teams (PHX and Dallas) you came in as a young player with something to prove. How different is it coming in with knowledge and skill you have learned over the years?

Steve Nash: It's a lot different now. It's strange to come in as a veteran and leader right from the start. But after eight years in the league, I'm feeling pretty comfortable with that.

Jordan (Fort Worth): Hey Stephen! I don't want to make things uncomfortable here, but how much are you going to miss Dallas and the fans out here? I can speak for myself and I know that it's gonna kill me not seeing you in a Mavericks jersey. I wish you unbelievable success out there, and I can't wait for you to be in town on November 16th!

Steve Nash: Thank you. It will be awful to go back to Dallas with another team. I will miss the fans very much there, they were very good to me, and very supportive. It will be very difficult.

Richelle(Little Rock, AR): Nashy, what do you think of the young PG Barbosa?

Steve Nash: I love him. I think he's a terrific talent who loves to play and loves to work hard and he's eager to learn. I think he'll be a top guard before long.

Jared(Phoenix): Hey Steve,good luck this year. How are the suns going to match up against a talented west defensively this year?

Steve Nash: This is going to be an offensive team, and our success will be predicated on being a running, attacking team. I think we can be adequate to good on defense and push the ball on offense and that should lead to success here.

Steve Nash: Thanks for the overwhelming response. Us players in the NBA really appreciate all the support of our fans, and we realize we wouldn't be here without you, and it wouldn't be any fun without you guys.

10-06-2004, 02:05 PM
mary: Hey Steve, will your presence in the backcourt turn Amare into a human foul machine?
mary: Hey Steve, could you possibly sound a little more bitter about "not being wanted' in Dallas?
mary: Hey Steve, are you happy those pesky playoffs will no longer be taking a chunk out of your hiking schedule?

10-06-2004, 02:11 PM
mary: Hey Steve, are you happy those pesky playoffs will no longer be taking a chunk out of your hiking schedule?

10-06-2004, 02:12 PM
Erica: Contrary to popular belief, Dallas wanted you until you showed your true colors. Does that affect your opinion of what you did?
Erica: Steve, did you ever stop to worry about the value of friendship
Erica: Steve, you can be honest, were your feelings hurt when Daniels played your position and had a near triple-double. Is that why you felt underappreciated?

10-06-2004, 05:46 PM
Hey Steve: Is there anyone more fickle than messageboard Fangirls?

10-06-2004, 06:03 PM
Steve Nash: They wanted me more than Dallas, and that was extremely flattering, especially when they backed up that desire financially.

Steve Nash: They wanted me more than Dallas, and that was extremely flattering, especially when they backed up that desire financially.

Steve Nash: They wanted me more than Dallas, and that was extremely flattering, especially when they backed up that desire financially.

Steve Nash: They wanted me more than Dallas, and that was extremely flattering, especially when they backed up that desire financially.

10-06-2004, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by: FreshJive
Hey Steve: Is there anyone more fickle than messageboard Fangirls?

Did someone named "Hey Steve" call me fickle?? I think that should've read something like this:

"FreshJives: Hey Steve, yada yada yada..<whatever degrading internet geek lingo you choose to insert here.>"

If you're going to insult me, the least you could do is get the format right.

10-06-2004, 06:16 PM
I don't know why Nash just can't say "Well, Phoenix offered me more dough, so I took it", instead of reiterating this garbage about not being wanted. Its pathetisad.

10-07-2004, 04:47 PM
FreshJive: That wasn't meant to be insulting in any real sense. Just sillyness like the rest of the thread.

FreshJive: Hey, Steve. Why did you go to Phoenix?

Steve: Cuban lowballed me. Phoenix offered me more money. Dirk told me to take it, so I did. You would think Dallasites would be down with that, since they are Americans and all.

10-07-2004, 05:06 PM
As LRB pointed out before, Cuban was gonna end up paying tens of millions of dollars more than Phoenix to keep Nash if you consider the luxury tax we were about to pay. Something to the tune of 30 million dollars.

10-07-2004, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by: FreshJive
FreshJive: That wasn't meant to be insulting in any real sense. Just sillyness like the rest of the thread.

As was my response..but I should've put one of these behind it i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif


10-07-2004, 05:25 PM
Jamison chat coming up Antawn Jamison (6 ET).

I guess we can hear again how the Mavericks don't appreciate anyone, and abuse players, and don't walk the walk. i/expressions/moon.gif

10-07-2004, 05:46 PM

I would expect that Jamison is a bit classier than the rest of the ex Mavs.

10-07-2004, 06:26 PM
he probably will be.

He'll probably say
optimistic things about being able to bring a lot to the Wizards and how they now have a chance at the playoffs because of him

how he liked coming to washington because he'll get to score a lot on a losing team, and how he missed being big frog in a small pond

how he really won't have to attempt defense which will prolong his career

how he'll enjoy the extra 15 days of summer with his family

10-07-2004, 06:45 PM
Actually, AJ has had some nice things to say about us.

Wizards Expect Jamison to Lead (http://washingtontimes.com/sports/20041006-013637-8370r.htm)

Despite the drop in his offensive numbers his 6,697 points over the last four seasons ranked him 10th overall in the league over that span Jamison said he learned more about what it takes to win with Dallas than in his five seasons with Golden State. Last season was his first playoff appearance.
"I found out last year that there is a situation where no one cared about who took all the shots," Jamison said. "The only thing we cared about was holding up your end of the bargain and winning basketball games. It was fun to experience that."
However, the Wizards did not trade for Jamison, who will make approximately $58 million over the next four years, to come off the bench. Whenever his name is mentioned by either Grunfeld or coach Eddie Jordan, they point out how he can be "a 20 [points] and 10 [rebounds] guy."
Although he is 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, the 28-year-old Jamison is versatile enough to play power forward or small forward. The Wizards anticipate playing him at both positions this season. He can run, which Jordan likes, and he is the league's most durable player. His current steak of 328 consecutive games played is the longest in the NBA.
By comparison, injuries sidelined Stackhouse for a team-high 54 games last season. Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes, former teammates of Jamison's at Golden State and last season Washington's two top scorers, also missed huge chunks of the season.
"He plays so well off the ball he fits our style," Jordan said of Jamison. "We want to get out and run and get easy baskets. And he doesn't miss games. We had our three best players miss a lot of games last year. You can't control injuries, but somehow he has been so durable in getting that streak that he has."
More than anything, Jamison believes his experience in Dallas will help him be a team leader. He is aware of the blessing and burden the tempestuous Arenas can be, and the two have talked about that already.
"It's going to take a lot of work," Jamison said of helping improve the Wizards, who last season won just 25 games. "I want the other guys to experience what I experienced last year. But it's not just going to happen. It's going to take a lot of hard work from everyone. And the most important thing is you have to sacrifice."
Which is something Jamison knows a little bit about.

10-07-2004, 07:25 PM
Actually, AJ has had some nice things to say about us

I dont know if that was aimed at me, or if you didnt get that I was joking but I am an enormous Jamison fan and have supported him throughout his career. I loved him and his attitude in Golden State and he was one of the likable guys on the team. Just yesterday or the day before I argued with Sike because I hadn't seen any evidence that he had requested a trade and I didnt believe it. I just thought he was that classy.

Anyway, he didnt say that much, but he was given a great opportunity to say bad things about us and he didnt. It just goes to show how much classier he is than Nash. Jamison was brought in as a starter and was bumped to 6th man a few days before the start of the regular season, he played limited minutes all season and got his minutes reduced for Howard, even as Walker was playing weird positions to preserve his minutes. Jamison had no choice where he went because he was under contract and we sent him away, yet Steve Nash who started every game he wanted to last year, who went to the Allstar game from our team, and who's best friend was Nowtizki skipped town for more money and lied when he said that we didn't appreciate him. Jamison is a picture of class.

10-08-2004, 12:43 PM
No, nothing aimed at you EL. I meant something along the lines of: the "culture" of the Mavs last year has taken a bit of a beating, but believe it or not there are some people who found some things to appreciate.

Yeah, AJ is definitely a class act. It's too bad that we didn't have a good place for him here. But then again, I'm one who believes that we got an awful lot in return when we traded him.