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Steve Nash never won an NBA championship. Here’s what left him empty-handed.


– [Narrator] Steve Nash
is one of the cleverest point guards and sharpest
shooters ever to walk the earth. The Canadian converted soccer player dribbled in loops and zigzags, manipulating traffic until he found space to deliver a perfect pass to a roller or an open shooter only he saw. Nash had an impeccable shooting motion, a form so rehearsed, so sturdily built that it served not just open shots but one legged-runners
and floaters off a spin. And, he was remarkably
durable in his prime despite a congenital spine disorder that required so much time
spent reclining on the floor. All these attributes made
Nash a statistical marvel. Near-perfect from the free-throw line, among the most accurate
three-point shooters ever and just as deft inside the arc. Nash regularly led the league in passing, racking up more career assists
than almost anyone ever. And, with the production came acclaim: all-star, all-NBA first team, consecutive MVP trophies, a spot in the hall of fame. Steve Nash was brilliant,
renowned, iconic, but never a champion. Why? Why did his teams, some of them great and even revolutionary, never win it all? How exactly did Steve Nash of all people retire without a title? Even Nash’s first short-haired stint with the Suns had some
unfulfilled promise. After graduating from Santa Clara, Nash went to Phoenix with the 15th pick in the legendary 1996 NBA draft. This was a revolving-door
era of Suns basketball. The roster and coaching staff turned over quite and
bit in just two years, and always in a way that put at least one point guard ahead of Nash in the depth chart. Nash rode the bench for a team that certainly wasn’t a contender, but nearly made some
noise in the 97 playoffs. The seven-seeded Suns actually took a two-one series lead against the defending western conference
champions, Seattle Supersonics, and this preposterous
one-footed Rex Chapman heave sent the potential clincher
game four to overtime. But, Phoenix faltered in OT, then watched their Cinderella dreams fade in a blowout game five loss in Seattle. The 97-98 Suns were
something else entirely. For a moment, the revolving door spat out a very good, very fun team. Danny Ainge was head coach, Jason Kidd was the young star point guard, and Antonio McDyess, the
newly-acquired young rim-smasher. They shared the scoring with
a strong supporting cast that also played tough defense. Phoenix rode a late-season
hot streak to 56 wins. While veteran Kevin
Johnson’s health faltered, Nash got real minutes, both as Kidd’s backup and alongside him. But, in the playoffs, Avery Johnson outplayed both those guys, and rookie Tim Duncan led the way in San Antonio’s first
round upset of the Suns. It’s fascinating to imagine
an alternate universe in which those Suns kept at it. What if two of the best point guards ever remain teammates through their primes? What if McDyess stuck
around, stayed healthy and fulfilled his superstar potential? Alas, in our universe,
the Suns wouldn’t commit to two up and coming point guards. So, they capitalized
on the buzz around Nash and sent him to the Dallas Mavericks in a trade that brought back some picks. That will become relevant later on, but first, we gotta talk
about what happened to Dallas. Draft night 98 was an era-defining date in Mavericks’ history. They got Nash and they acquired this tremendous German
boy named Dirk Nowitzki. After a couple seasons
losing and growing up, the Mavs entered the 21st century with a new owner, an innovative coach, and a big three equipped to run and gun. Nash distributed the basketballs, Nowitzki flummoxed opposing
big men with his range, Michael Finley slashed
and created for himself. All could shoot, all
were encouraged to do so. Dallas improved a bit each
year of the new millennium, and made four post-seasons with Nash. In 2001, they recorded 53 wins and came back to upset
Karl Malone and the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, but got rocked by Duncan and
the Spurs in the next round. These two seasons ended thanks in large part to Mike Bibby. In 02, Nash and Nowitzki
debuted as all-star teammates. Dallas bumped up to 57 wins, swept Kevin Garnett and the Wolves out of the first round, then faced the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western
Conference semi-finals. Nash’s best performance of that series helped Dallas snatch
game two in Sacramento and thus, home court advantage. But, in game three, Nash went ice-cold, Dirk struggled against
smaller Kings defenders, and Finley’s 37 points weren’t enough. Dallas had a chance to keep things even. Sacramento’s Peja Stojaković
had been hurt in game three, and Chris Webber fouled out midway through the 4th quarter
of a close game four. – [Commentator] Chris Webber
has fouled out of the game. – [Narrator] But, Bibby, who
killed Dallas all series, shook Dirk on the switch to
tie the game in regulation. And, Dallas totally mishandled
their winning opportunity. Then, Bibby danced himself free again to take a late lead in overtime, and Dirk’s last-second
lefty floater rimmed out. The Kings went up three games to one, then wrapped the series in five. And, to skip ahead a bit, Bibby was awesome again
in a first-round victory over the Mavs in 2004. That was another five-gamer, but it was closer than that. In game two, Nash missed a big late shot then Peja Stojaković stripped Finley on a crucial last-second possession. Nash missed a buzzer-beater that would have sent
game four to overtime. Nowitzki missed one that
would have one game five. The Kings advanced. So, that’s these three seasons, but we’ve saved the best for last. The 02-03 Mavericks ran,
shot and limited turnovers to lead the NBA in offensive efficiency by a wide margin. And, they defended pretty well, too. The Mavs won their first 14 straight games and ended with 60 victories overall. They got dangerously close to blowing a three-oh series lead in the first round of the 2003 playoffs, but Dirk’s amazing 4th
quarter in game seven kept the Portland Trailblazers
from making history. In the next round, Dallas got the victory they needed over the Kings. Veteran sixth man Nick Van Exel had a couple other-worldly scoring
performances for the Mavs. Dirk was amazing in game seven, and just as crucially, Webber suffered a devastating knee injury early in the series. That derailed his and
Scaramento’s title hopes althrough they would get that revenge over the Mavs in 04. Anyway, every NBA champion needs some fortunate breaks to get there. The Webber injury helped the 03 Mavs reach the Western Conference Finals. The farthest the franchise
had advanced since the 80s. There, they met another
familiar foe: the Spurs, who in typical fashion were transitioning between eras seamlessly. This was the last season
for David Robinson, the first season for a future big three of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. And, oh, also San Antonio
won 60 games of their own. The Spurs were ridiculous, and they had just confirmed as much by becoming the first
opponent in four years to eliminate Shaq and
Kobe from the playoffs. And, yet the Mavs showed up in San Antonio and immediately proved they belonged. Their own big three combined for 86 points in game one of the
Western Conference finals. Nash outplayed the young Parker. Finley roasted Steven Jackson to take a lead in the closing seconds, and Dirk sunk a couple clutch free-throws to help secure the victory. That meant even after the
Spurs commanded game two, the series scooted over to Dallas with the Mavs in control. But that first home game of
the series was a disaster. Parker wrecked Nash head-to-head. Van Exel led Dallas to a first-half lead, but they squandered the whole thing and then some in the second half. And, at the tail end of
a deflating home loss, Nowitzki collided with Ginobili, spraining his left knee badly enough that try as he might, Dirk
couldn’t play the next few games. Duncan and friends won
the first Dirk-less game to go up three-one, but on the brink of elimination, the Mavs made a huge 4th-quarter comeback and stole game five in San Antonio. Back in Dallas, the
Mavs really looked like they’d push the series to seven. Parker could barely compete because of a stomach virus, and two of Don Nelson’s
late-series additions to the starting lineup,
Van Exel and Walt Williams, stepped up their scoring to pick up a lagging Nash and Finley. The Mavs led by double
digits in the 4th quarter, swarming Duncan every
time he touched the ball, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich
found another way to attack, and swiftly sucked the life out of Dallas. First, Jackson narrowed
the gap with ballsy back-to-back threes. Then, he passed the sticks to Steve Kerr, the little-used 37-year-old who had already announced his intention to end his illustrious
career after the season. Kerr went off leading
a 23-0 4th quarter run with three three-pointers in two minutes. – [Commentator] This
man has been killing it. Kerr again! Steve Kerr with another three! – [Narrator] The Mavs didn’t score at all for eight minutes. They had nine 4th-quarter points. So, game six had once
looked like a sure win that would force a decisive 7th game, possibly extending the series
long enough for a Dirk return. Instead, the blowout inverted, and the best Mavs season of this era crashed in front of their home fans. The in-state rival went on to win Robinson one more ring before fully shifting into a new era that would
hurt Nash even more. But, yeah, those are the four
Steve and Dirk playoff runs. The most promising one yielded to injury and a brutal collapse. In the final one, Nash and Nowitzki weren’t good enough or clutch enough to beat the Kings at full strength. And, after that early exit in 2004, Mavs owner Mark Cuban
low-balled the 30-year-old Nash in free agency opting to
build around Nowitzki. Cuban has since described
letting Nash walk as one of his greatest regrets and splitting this tandem
would still haunt Dallas if Dirk hadn’t led the Mavs to a title with some old Nash friends in 2011. In any event, Nash
wanted what he was worth in the summer of 04, and accepted a big, new contract with his old team in Phoenix. But, this wasn’t his old team. This was something new, something that would raise his excellence to a whole new level. Something that would
revolutionize NBA basketball. Something that in spite of it all would fall short of the championship. Nash was the crown
jewel in a rapid rebuild that began the prior season. The Suns already had Shawn Marion, the unconventional star acquired with the Dallas draft pick they got by trading Nash back in 98. They had Amar’e Stoudemire, the young thunderbolt
who’d struck enough rims to win rookie of the year in 03 and was eager to rebound from an injury-shortened sophomore season. They had Mike D’Antoni, an Italian legend still relatively obscure
in his home country who’d recently been promoted to become an NBA head coach for just the second time. And, once Phoenix dumped the contracts of Stephon Marbury and Penny
Hardaway on the Knicks, they had room to sign Nash. While other important people came and went over the next few seasons, these four men formed the nucleus of a ground-breaking attack known as seven seconds or less. That was how fast
D’Antoni wanted his small, offense-oriented lineups to
race up the floor and shoot. And, that was how fast
Phoenix joined contention for the NBA championship. Remaining a favorite for most
of the rest of the decade. They just never won it. Some weird, shitty
thing always intervened. First, it was a broken face. For a trailblazing team, the 04-05 Suns were remarkably simple. A perfect harmony of style and personnel. Stoudemire could score anything inside. GM Bryan Colangelo stocked the rotation with players who could score from outside. D’Antoni made that rotation sing. Off a make or a miss, Nash would sprint up the floor hunting a quick bucket. Cover that, and he’d hit
Amar’e galloping to the rim. Cover that, and he’d find an open shooter. Try to cover all of the above, and Nash would gladly
apply the dagger himself. In the event of a breakdown, both Marion and rising
youngster Joe Johnson provided some creative scoring on top of their shooting prowess. Those two were also best-equipped to guard opposing stars on a team that didn’t defend very well overall. But, maybe it didn’t need to defend when you ran the fastest pace in the NBA, and shot the most threes
at the highest accuracy for the league’s best offense. Colangelo won executive of the year. D’Antoni won coach of the year. And the Suns won 62 games. The NBA’s best record just
a year after winning 29. And, their engine, the piece that made it all possible won MVP. A remarkable achievement
for a former mid-major kid. The offensive machine
opened the post-season by sweeping Pau Gasol and the Grizzlies. Nash put up unbelievable scoring numbers in the next round against his old friends. When the Mavs overcame
Nash’s career-high 48 points to win game four and tie the series, Nash followed with a
34-point triple-double in a game five victory. Then, he stuck a huge three
to send game six to overtime, rebounded his pal Dirk’s
last-second OT miss, and sunk free-throws that
helped ice the whole thing. Eliminating his old friends set Nash up to rematch an old foe. The Suns met San Antonio in the 2005 Western Conference finals, but not all the Suns, not right away. Joe Johnson had never
missed a game for Phoenix until this moment in
game two against the Mavs when a Jerry Stackhouse foul fractured a bone in his left eye socket. A quick turn around between series meant that Johnson didn’t recover from surgery in time for games one and
two against the Spurs. The league’s best offense
had to protect home court against the league’s best defense without one of its top scorers
and it didn’t go so hot. In game one, Nash kept up the scoring, Stoudemire was unbelievable, and veteran Jim Jackson stepped
up in Johnson’s place, but Marion struggled and
the big deliberate Spurs threw Phoenix off their game. D’Antoni capitulated somewhat style wise playing more orthodox lineups with a true center, Steven
Hunter, alongside Stoudemire. Tony Parker led a
typically excellent outing from San antonio’s big three, and Brent Barry’s hot shooting helped San Antonio pull
away in the fourth. Game two was more of the same. Robert Horry and Ginobili
missed some big free-throws to give Phoenix a chance at overtime. But, Nash bricked his
prayer to beat the buzzer. Even Johnson’s return for
game three didn’t help. Phoenix fell way behind
and ended up losing in five on their home floor. – [Commentator] It’s official,
the San Antonio Spurs are going back to the NBA finals. – [Narrator] The Spurs
took the opportunity to remind their victim that defense, not offense, wins championships. And, they did. Joe Johnson still believes
Phoenix would have beat the Spurs and beat the Pistons in the finals had he been healthy for
the start of the round. But, he and that version of
the Suns didn’t run it back. Johnson wanted the salary
and status of a star and the Suns obliged by
trading him to Atlanta. Stoudemire missed basically
the whole following season and post-season recovering from surgery on his knee cartilage. And, his backup Kurt Thomas suffered a significant injury in February. So, Phoenix’s 06 title
hopes looked busted. But, they stayed good by getting weirder. D’Antoni leaned on two-way
newcomer Raja Bell, the Brazilian Blur Leandro Barbosa, a couple new guys happy
to just spot up outside and the one player they got in the Johnson trade, Boris Diaw, an overstuffed French guard who D’Antoni decided to
use an undersized center because (bleep) it. This team was awesome. And, despite the spare parts, the Suns’ reliable engine made it all work efficiently enough to
win the team 54 games and himself another MVP. The 2006 playoffs were a slog. Phoenix had to claw back
from first-round deficit against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers. Tim Thomas forced game six to overtime with a last-second three-pointer and the Suns rode the
momentum from that win to a game-seven blowout. Elton Brand and the Clippers pushed Phoenix to the limit
again in the next round, but the Suns took that game
seven in another blowout, setting up a second straight
Western Conference final, this time against the Mavericks. The depleted Suns just didn’t
have the juice for that one. When role-players
over-performed, Phoenix won. Diaw dropped an astounding 34 points including the decisive bucket
to steal game one on the road, and Barbosa spearheaded
a game four victory. But, in between, Tim Thomas’s
hot shooting in game two cooled at the wrong time. He missed a couple late threes that could have improbably
stacked the odds in the Suns’ favor. So the series returned
to Dallas tied at two. And, the Suns couldn’t hang in game five. Raja Bell was dragging a sore calf, Nash went ice-cold from the field, and Dirk played one of
the best games of his life pouring in a 50-point performance at which his old friend and
opponent could only marvel. In game six, the Suns took a big lead, but ran out of steam late. A short-handed, overachieving squad got eliminated at home in front of a deeply appreciative crowd who knew full well the man in the suit was the key to preventing
this fate next season. And, indeed, the Suns didn’t lose the conference finals in 07. They didn’t make it that far. The 2007 Suns were a happy blend of the star-studded 05 time
and the scrappy 06 team. The big names returned
healthy and excellent, and guys like Bell, Diaw and new sixth man of the year, Barbosa, retained important roles. This time blazed through
the regular season, handled the Lakers in the
first round of the playoffs and got some help from afar. The Mavericks had the league’s
best record by a long shot, and Dirk prevented his buddy from winning a third-straight MVP. But, in the first round of the playoffs, Dallas suffered a
humiliating historic upset against the Golden State Warriors, a team coached by Don Nelson, and bearing some resemblance to the small, three-happy Suns. With the Mavs toppled,
a second-round matchup between the two-seed
Suns and three-seed Spurs felt like a de facto conference final if not an outright championship given the weakness of
the eastern conference. It got off to a rough start for Phoenix. Duncan outplayed Stoudemire in game one. Old friend Michael Finley
stepped up for San Antonio, and Nash’s battle with
Parker got complicated when their faces smashed together late in the fourth
quarter of a close game. While the Suns staff tried in vain to patch Nash’s oozing schnoz, the star had to sit most
of the final minute. – [Commentator] It just
won’t stop bleeding. So desperate to get back in the game. – [Narrator] He watched helplessly while Barbosa bricked a shot for the lead, then Stoudemire blew a chance to keep it a one-possession game
in the final seconds. Band-aid Nash helped lead Phoenix to a blowout game-two victory, but San Antonio won a
rough game three at home. Game four would be pivotal. Phoenix played perhaps their
best basketball of the round, to come back from eleven
down in the fourth quarter and win the thing tying
the series at two-all and restoring home-court advantage. But, that’s not why it was pivotal. It was pivotal because this Robert Horry intentional foul in the final seconds looked particularly
intentional to the Suns. Afer he hip-checked Nash
into the scorer’s table, a scuffle ensued and in the chaos, Stoudemire and Diaw broke a league rule by leaving the sideline. They each got a one-game suspension while Horry got two. The Suns rightfully made a huge stink about strict application
of a kind of bullshit rule. But, couldn’t change the fact that they’d have to play a huge, tie-breaking game five far more depleted than the team that started the fracas. Nevertheless, the Suns came out hungry in front of a wrathful home crowd. Nash didn’t shoot well, but he helped Marion to a strong outing, while Kurt Thomas issued
a gritty performance in Stoudemire’s stead. This one was a defensive struggle, and a famously defenseless team with basically no bench almost won it. Manu Ginobili compared
Phoenix’s play to hurt animals. But, his own fourth-quarter
excellence undid a Suns’ lead. Bruce Bowen, a target of fan ridicule for his dirty play earlier in the series buried a dagger from the corner to put the Spurs ahead
three in the final minute and Duncan capped a great game by deterring Nash’s
last attempt to tie it. The Suns got back to full-staff for game six in San Antonio, and Amar’e played
brilliantly in his return. But, the whole big three
showed up for the Spurs. They took a big lead into the fourth that a Nash-led rally couldn’t overcome. Nash couldn’t hide his bitterness at how the series unfolded, and while giving the Spurs credit, wondered aloud how things might have gone without those suspensions. A series this important didn’t
deserve this big of a mess and it doesn’t make anyone feel any better that disgraced NBA ref Tim Donaghy officiated the feisty game three. It’s always hard to
determine how much weight to put into this stuff, but Donaghy later wrote the
series was badly officiated, and even claimed that ref
supervisor, Tommy Nunez, held some sort of grudge against
Suns owner, Robert Sarver. I don’t know, but that Suns team might have won game one if
Nash’s nose didn’t fall off, might have won the series
without questionable suspensions, and would then would have
been favored to cruise to the 07 title just like the Spurs did. Of all the what-ifs in Nash’s career, that has to be the greatest. The next season, Steve
Kerr took over as GM and traded Suns lifer Marion for 35-year-old Shaq at the deadline. The Suns remained good in a crowded west, but they faced the Spurs
once again in the playoffs, and squandered their best chance to spark an upset when
Finley’s three-pointer sent game one in San Antonio to overtime. Duncan of all people hit the
three to send it to double OT, and Ginobili won it in the final seconds. D’Antoni did what he could
to weaponize his new center, but Popovich just about
neutralized the big Shaq-tus with an aggressive hack-a-Shaq approach. Hackus a Shaqtus, Hacktus a Shaqtus. Anyway the Spurs bounced the Suns in five and soon thereafter, D’Antoni left town for a job with the Knicks. His replacement, Terry Porter, got fired in the middle of the 08-09 season as a scary Stoudemire eye injury and a down-ish year for Nash kept the Suns out of the playoffs. This sensational tandem
was nearing its end, but they snuck in one
more legitimate title run before falling apart. The 09-10 Suns played
new coach Alvin Gentry’s mildly reformed version of D’Antoni ball, and they made it work. Steve and Amar’e got back to their best and healthiest production. Veteran Jason Richardson
and mega veteran Grant Hill played crucial supporting roles and the rest of the rotation was a mix of shooting and youthing. Phoenix shot extremely well from outside and kept it up in the playoffs. They beat Lamarcus Aldridge
and the Blazers in six, then finally slayed their demons with a sweep, a sweep of the
Spurs in the second round. After their brief and
shallow two-year valley, the Suns were back in the
2010 Western Conference finals where they’d face a new
version of an old foe: the restocked, reinvigorated, defending champion LA Lakers. In the first four games,
both teams held serve with comfortable home wins to bring the series
back to LA tied two-all. And, the Suns put the pressure on in the critical game five. They trailed by as many as
18 points in the second half but Nash narrowed the gap in the fourth with bucket after bucket after bucket after bucket. – [Commentator] Nash again
in the face of Gasol. – [Narrator] Late in the fourth,
he rebounded his own miss, then the Suns retrieved another carom then Jason Richardson banged
in the game-tying shot with just three seconds left. Finally, Phoenix had gotten a break, and they defended Kobe’s
final attempt perfectly to send the game to over…oh, no. – [Commentator] At the
buzzer, what a twist!! – [Narrator] The man now
known as Metta World Peace just overpowered Richardson to put back a buzzer-beating game-winner. Yet another cruel finish wasted, yet another inspired comeback. The Suns looked drained
back at home in game six. They once again dug a big hole and Kobe made absolutely sure they wouldn’t climb out this time. That was it. Amar’e followed D’Antoni to New York in the 2010 off-season, and the Suns commenced a
lengthy playoff drought. Nash’s Suns were incredible, among the most stylistically
pure, winningest squads ever to play the game, But, in every single post-season something tripped them up. A litany of busted body parts and weird buzzer-beaters of every variety. Phoenix almost always contended, but never overcame all
the necessary obstacles. When Nash became a free agent in 2012, he made a winning-oriented move. The Knicks and Raptors
seemed the likeliest to hand the 38-year-old
his final big contract, but Nash’s people instead arranged a sign and trade to the Lakers, a very good team that hoped
to win Kobe one more ring. They magnified that hope into hype after acquiring Dwight Howard. We don’t even need to get into that era. This exclamatory pre-season SI-covered declaring this is gonna be fun might have been the high
point of the whole ordeal because it was not even a little fun. The Lakers were a disaster. They fired Coach Mike Brown
after just a few games and replaced him with D’Antoni. Nash broke his leg in his second game and his body only disintegrated further over his final two years. Those Lakers never even sniffed the finals and Nash retired ring-less as a player though he’d earned himself some hardware as a consultant for the Warriors dynasty. It’s astounding and a little heartbreaking that an elite player that
joined elite teammates on elite teams didn’t
even reach the NBA finals. Especially given how
many of those teammates went on to win without
him even at his expense. They only give out one trophy a year and you need luck and fortitude to win it. Nash and company often
lacked one or the other falling victim to meddlesome flukes or just buckling in critical moments. But, even coming that close
that often requires greatness. And, that’s what Steve Nash was: great. One of the greatest to ever do it. Cruel twists of fate can
never, ever take that away.

Stephen Childs

100 Comments

  1. Lots of great players don't win a title. Lots goes into it. Right teammates, right coach, no critical injuries.

  2. Tbh that suns team should’ve won it all in 2007 had Bruce Bowen not injured Steve Nash.

  3. An episode of untitled about Elgin Baylor, Pete Maravich, and Dan Marino should also be there TBH.

  4. A True SUNS fan will never root for the spurs or lakers no matter who they are playing against!

  5. You failed to mention the REAL reason he never won a championship, and that’s because he wore number 13 his whole career.

    Seriously though, the freakin Spurs were the bane of his existence. As they are for the Mavs in general…even if they’re a fellow Texas team, we REALLY hate them here in the DFW area.

  6. Nash got me into NBA basketball his first MVP season and is still my all-time favorite player. It was a wild ride being a Suns fan through all of this. Lots of crushing lows, but more often incredible highs. His teams were unbelievably clutch and poised under his leadership and in various years were able to overcome all of their greatest foes (Kobe, Spurs, Mavs); they just couldn't beat them all in the same year in the brutal West. Still, few teams will ever be as fun as those Suns teams and the number of new players citing Nash as their favorite player attests to his greatness. Not all of the best get to win a ring, and he's a prime example.

  7. Keep in mind nash never had a championship team once he came back from the Mavs, he just made mediocre players look good some got to be an all-star only because of him.

  8. One word: Defense.

    Almost universally, the best players in NBA history were great at both ends of the court. A one way player will rarely be the #1 reason a team wins an NBA championship.

  9. "Here's what LEFT him empty-HANDED" oh I see what u did there u dirty dog u heherhehe

  10. The narration is freakingly cool.best plot,sarcasm and more."defending kobe's shot to send the game to over ooooow😂."

  11. He didn't win a title simply because he didn't join his superstar best friends on a team. This is basketball now.

  12. Simple that suns team would score 134ppg and the other team would score 136 ppg suns didnt play defense d’antoni thought as long as they scored more pts the other team couldnt stop them

  13. As a Mavs fan, that Nash-Nowitzki part was just… it was… I can't even finish it.

  14. Another Suns legend who never got a championship. I look forward to the next video where we discuss why the Suns are cursed

  15. The Suns always just find a way to loose, that's what they have always been good at.

  16. Calling it cruel twists of fate doesn't change the fact he never won the title

  17. Only good memories for spurs fans a watching this one. Back to when we were close every year

  18. Man, I remember that 2003 season. That’s when I started following basketball. I really did not like the Spurs because they beat the Sonics in the playoffs. I miss my Sonics.

  19. Scary how this same video in a few years might be made about mike Dantonis Rockets 😬😬

  20. I wish he would of played with Kobe in his prime and he would of won a few chips. There was better teams than his in the NBA.

  21. The San Antonio Spurs knocked out his best teams – 2003 Mavs, 2005 Suns, 2007 Suns, 2008 Suns.

  22. You could make a whole episode just about the success of the Vikings franchise. We’ve had such amazing seasons in multiple generations of our franchise but it just never clicked. We never got the title and we still haven’t.

  23. Warning to Americans… by about 2028 it will be mathematically impossible for a Republican to win the state of Texas in a senatorial, presidential, or governmental race. Why do you ask? Well demographics… Texas and the rest of America is changing rapidly with a declining caucasian population and growing latino population. Latinos vote 70 / 30% blue and will continue to do so based on prior election history…

  24. He didn't win because of Sarver. Sarver approved trading the pick that the Suns wanted to use on Iggy in 04. Iggy would have provided Suns with defense and another playmaker to take pressure off of Nash. He also let go of JJ and traded Marion for Shaq.

  25. Dont know if this counts cause he won a champions league title but Steven Gerrard went untitled in the EPL and MLS (if you wanna count it).

  26. I don't blame the artest shot. I blame the first two losses on Gentry. The Suns didn't play their gritty, cautious style those games. They tried to play too fast like the Dantoni teams and that wasn't their style by 2010.

  27. First off, full disclosure I am a Lakers fan and have thought Steve Nash to be overrated. Mark Price was a better point guard, he played defense along with his offensive prowess. Now, Suns have complained about the suspensions, but thats a bunch of crap. 1. The rule had been in the rule book for a few years when this happened, it was not new. 2. The rule had been enforced during the playoffs before in a Miami Heat/NY Knicks series. 3. the rule was properly enforced in this case.

  28. He was a worse defender than steph curry, thats why!!! No top 15 defense YOULL NEVER WIN!! HEY HOUSTON DANTRASHI…LISTEN UP!!!

  29. Do one on Randy Moss. Such a wonderful talent on wonderful teams, unfortunately couldn’t win a Super Bowl. That would be a great topic

  30. If I wasn’t a Laker fan, maybe I’d feel bad.

    Suns gave us their scraps and Kobe’s achilles tore because he didn’t have enough help that year.

    Glad Kobe was able to put the nails into the Phoenix Sun coffin and tap Gentry on the butt in the process.

  31. best team to never win it all. I'll never forgive Robert Horry for that cheap shot

  32. Carmelos Nuggets, Boston Celtics big 4 fall, Jazz with Boozer, Rockets fall with Tmac,

  33. its crazy that some rookies win rings riding the bench while all stars never get championships.

  34. Just do any mariners HOF player. Ichiro, Hernandez, Martinez, take any of them

  35. Im a huge fan of Steve from the Philippines and I'm wearing 13 as ,uch as possible till this day in his honor. Nash was not a system player by the way, he was the system!

  36. Unpopular opinion, but Steve, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and John Stockton prove that you can’t win with your PG as your best (or even your 2nd) best player. Outside of Steph, Magic, Kyrie and Zeke, you can’t name a team that won with their PG as the 1st or 2nd best player. Tony Parker included.

  37. All this proves was Nash was on competitive team most/all of his career and couldn't get it done. For me if it wasn't for all the hype fans give him I might of considered Nash an overachiever

  38. Reggie Miller has to be done as well. Going 1-5 in the conference finals and 2-8 in Game 7’s, that story has to be told. There were a bunch of close calls there.

  39. I feel personally attacked that both of the first two episodes are focusing on Phoenix Suns players

  40. If the NBA didn't rig the 2007 playoffs, then Nash and the Suns would've had a championship.

  41. As a Clippers fan, that 06 series loss was painful. I still remember that 8 second violation on Sam Cassell.

  42. Because he was never on a team that won it.

    Pretty simple really.

    What's the point of the video?

  43. I really loved what you guys did here. Nash is truly a hall of famer, however he is one of many that have never won that ring. Hope you guys do something like this on another player.

  44. Nash does have a ring though, he received one for being a player consultant for the Warriors, he even has a video on youtube him displaying it after he received it.

  45. Because, in one sentence: he didn't know how – or maybe didn't want – to win ugly, as all champions do when they have to.
    Amazing player, deserved Hall of Famer, and a great man off the court (even if he was and still is kind of a SJW), but at the end of the day he was one of many great players that you look at and say "it just wasn't to be."

  46. Why don't yall ever do an episode on how great the Spurs have been for so long? Or how they have been the only team in all of pro sports to go to the playoffs every year for 20 years?

  47. As much as I respect basketball, this series needs a change of sports. There so many other great players in other sports that fell just short of a championship.

  48. Moral of the story: don't get drafted by the suns cause even if you are better than MJ you'll never win a ring

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