The Nash Era: Exit Whining

You can get drunk with a friend over Facebook chat. Does this make me tech savvy now? (and that’s why there was no update last night…)

“We have to find a way to play with pride and play for each other.” – Steve Nash (last night)

You think?

Every one of the last 5 games was winnable. All were lost by a few possessions. The Suns are a great team for 42 minutes.

While it is still mathematically possible for the Suns to make the play-offs after last night’s debacle against Dallas, it is no longer plausible. The championship window on the Nash-era Suns has just slammed closed. Sarver will blow this team up over the summer and no one is safe.

Two bad decisions:

The Shaq trade.

Letting Mike D’Antoni leave for New York.

One decision rooted in fear and one decision rooted in pride – both of which are poor criteria.

Every decision after that has been damage control. Nobody’s happy. The Nash era is down to 18 games with nothing left to play for but pride, and precious little of that.

Good thing baseball’s starting soon.

Now you know.

Pride is expensive. [1/29/08]

A clear signal of the respect rapper Lil’ Wayne has for his fans: his show Wednesday started on time, but the headliner did not even set foot into the building until more than an hour after he was scheduled to start, uh, doing whatever it is he does onstage. Consequently, he had to cut his act short to avoid giving a ton of money back to the promoter.

(Something like 200-300 people staff a typical arena concert. That’s a LOT of extra labor costs cause one guy can’t manage to find the stage.)

I suspect he will join the long list of gangsta rappers who got their one big national tour, and then disappeared off the face of the earth.

The Suns-Spurs game just ended. I’m going to call it: The championship window for the Nash/Stoudemire-era Suns closed when GM Steve Kerr let Mike D’Antoni walk away to New York. Both Nash and Stoudemire will be on the final year of their contract next season. I can confidently predict that at least one of them will not be in a Suns uniform by this time next year.

O’Neal hasn’t made them a better rebounding team. Coach Porter hasn’t made them any better defensively. At least under D’Antoni, they scored.

A couple of good links to feed the cerebellum:

A graphic display of graphic displays

And writers on writing. [via SF Signal].

Now you know.