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Steve Nash said in a statement last night that he approached the Suns and requested a sign-and-trade to the Lakers.But last week, he was singing a different tune. Here’s what he told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio on June 25:
“The truth is I’m a bit old school. For me, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey. That’s just the way it is. You play against them so many times in the playoffs, and I just use them as an example, and I have the utmost respect for them and their organisation.”
Nash was talking in the context of chasing a ring with a team like the Heat, and he never said he wouldn’t play for LA.
But this just goes to show that we should probably take everything players say with a grain of salt.
The trade is also an about-face for Kobe Bryant.
In January, ESPN’s J.A. Adande wrote a great story about how intensely Kobe plays against the Suns and Nash in particular.
Here’s how that story starts:
This is personal.
It has to be. Even though the number of people Kobe Bryant would love to shut up this season (including every voting member of the ESPN.com NBA rankings panel) would probably exceed the total number of Facebook users, I’m convinced the 48 points Kobe dropped Tuesday night were directed at one person in particular: Steve Nash.
Kobe keeps saying how much he hates the Phoenix Suns.
Last night, ESPN reported that Kobe’s personal “determined push” for Nash was what helped the deal go through.
The moral of the story: Ideological things like “rivalry” and “hatred” in pro sports is fleeting.
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