Steve Nash - traitor

According to multiple trusted sources on Twitter, the Phoenix Suns have traded Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers for future draft picks. This news surprised many of us at first since it seemed to come out of left field, but it actually makes sense from Nash’s perspective if he wants to win a championship before he retires. If his options were the Raptors, Knicks, Mavericks and Lakers, the latter team would understandably seem most appealing to Nash.

For Raptors fans like myself who sat trembling with anticipation in front of their Twitter accounts for days, the way Nash played the Raptors for leverage was a reminder that even the most beloved Canadian basketball player ever doesn’t want to play in Canada. OK, to be fair, it’s probably not about the “Canada” part for Nash, it’s more about the “Raptors are an unfunny joke” part. The only free agents that seem to want to sign with this franchise are mediocre ones like Landry Fields and Hedo Turkoglu — and even they need to be overpaid.

Knicks fans are understandably upset about this development as well, but frankly I don’t want to hear it. Nash wasn’t going to get them past the Heat, anyway, and they never have to worry about whether or not big-name free agents will take them seriously. We’ve got one NBA team in Canada, and convincing Nash to join the Raptors would have been arguably the biggest moment in Canadian pro sports since August 1988 when the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings. (I was 13. I cried. Note: After I posted this, an astute commenter pointed out that the Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series victories in ’92 and ’93 were also kind of a big deal.) Once more, the glitz and glamor of the City of Angels has seduced one of Canada’s most beloved sporting sons, and the sting of rejection is only a little easier to take now than it was then.

But enough of my wallowing, how about those Lakers! Nash, Kobe, Pau and Bynum aren’t exactly Payton, Kobe, Malone and Shaq, but they’re still extremely intriguing and imposing. Suddenly, a Heat vs. Thunder rematch in the 2013 Finals doesn’t seem like such a sure thing, and the Heat vs. Lakers championship clash so many NBA fans have been dying to see — including the ones who claim to hate both teams, trust me on this — appears to be a significant possibility.

Speaking of which… your move, Riles. This would be a good time to send another text to Ray Allen.

Comments (89)

  1. Pretty sure the biggest Canadian sports moment since Gretzky left were those two Blue Jays World Series Championships. Just saying…

    • Well, I did say “arguably”. I didn’t say it was a GOOD argument.

    • I was going to make the same point. Solid write-up Scott< enjoyed the rest of it, but I think "the biggest 'non-championship' moment" is more accurate,

    • Joe Carter says hi

      • Kinda off topic, but when I think back on it, Ben Johnson’s Olympic win and then disqualification in March of 1988 seems way bigger to me than Gretzky getting traded.

    • I guess the ’72 series wasn’t technically pro sports…

    • C’MON SONny…I think MAAAAYBE 5 of the names you mentioned were All-Stars at one point but your not taking into accout the time in between each player has been evaluated and drafted. Its not easy trying to find a diamond in the rough because it might not be easy for the player to smooth out the edges based on their skill set. Your throwing out names of good roll players but thats it. The raps need take chances on more established young talent. O.J Mayo, Goran Dragic, Ryan Anderson, even Gerald Green. But these are all young players with huge upside. If the raps want to win they are going to have to hit the luxary tax to do so. They should be inclined to go after star power and sell the stars to the country via Bell & Rogers to develop a better basketball market so players would want to stay here. Hockey is DEAD. TSN, SportsNet, TheScore (although the score is the best out of the bunch in my opinion) WAAAKE UPP!. We in Canada help fuel a dying star in the sport of hockey by supporting this sport with all of our resources which then hinders the growth of a rapidly growing economically friendly sport in basketball, or soccer even. People complain about the raptors organization all the time about them not being able to hold onto talent, or having to over pay for mediocrity. But we Torontonians/Canadians have only ourselves to blame. Especially us Torontonians being the biggest media market in Canada. We are now at a point where we have to get home grown talent to play here. Maybe we should tank until Andrew Wiggins enters the draft?lol. I dont know, what they can do to fix the team but I do know that it has to start with media. The game needs to be accepted more, mastered and better understood in our youth systems, AND BROADCASTED TO THE MASSES!!! Team Canada played in the Fiba tourney and you mean I couldnt get 1 televised game? I get the same old repeated NBA draft coverage on raptors tv instead of updated opinions and variety of it. I get daily round the clock NHL draft ish on all the sports networks leading up to the NBA draft. The NHL draft finishes before the NBA draft but yet I still get more NHL coverage as a whole compared to the amount of basketball related coverage. I’m pretty sure that most of the money made from the NHL comes from we canadians supporting the league via television, merchandise etc. I say stop milking a dead cow and go all in on basketball. If you want to see improvement from the raps, its this kind of culture change that needs to take place…….

  2. You can’t hear it through this text, because that’s impossible, but I’m squealing. Have been for the past 10 minutes.

  3. Yeah, maybe you do have a point that Nash wouldn’t have pushed the Knicks past the Heat. But I can promise you, even if Nash was stupid enough to join Toronto, the Knicks would still crush you guys.

    • True, but at least we don’t have a resident idiot sitting courtside dressed like a 5 year old child.

  4. Anyone have concerns about how Nash and Kobe will mesh personality-wise, at least when they hit the inevitable rough patch as a team?

    For some reason I love the image of Nash defending a beleaguered Pau or Bynum to a colicky Kobe.

    • I agree. Nash is more of an encourager (see the number of high-fives he dishes every dead-ball). I’m guessing it’ll be tough for Nash to watch Kobe tear down Pau Gasol after Nash spends the first 30 games trying to reassemble the broken pieces of Pau’s psyche.

  5. I don’t think Steve Nash was lured by the “glitz and glamor of the City of Angels”…the Lakers so happen to be better than the Raptors. And, I think we’re overstating the whole “playing in Canada” angle, if the Raptors were competitive, free agents would come.

  6. I would have lost my shit if he went to the Knicks.

    I’m glad he’s with the Lakers and I’m fully rooting for him.

  7. Who can blame Nash for accepting a (for him) marginally lesser amount of cash in return for a legit shot at a ring, and the tremendous endorsement / media opportunities that are going to be available to him in LA? Not to mention he is much geographically closer to his children from his first marriage in LA than he would be based in the Northeast.
    Those who think he just “played” the Raps into a bigger offer couldn’t be more mistaken – he has too much respect for BC and Jay Trian (who was part of the Raps’ presentation team) to have even scheduled them if they were not at least a possibility.
    Now time for plan B – take the cash made available for Nash and bask-end load an offer sheet to Jeremy Lin that blows Houston’s out of the water. Fields and Lin were being touted as the Knicks’ “starting backcourt for next year and years to come” just a few weeks ago. Free of the burden of tossing the ball to Melo in every half court set to clear a side and watch him go 1-on-5, Lin and Fields would thrive in the team-first systems of Dwayne Casey.

    • So where are “Mon Che Che” Fields and the greatest aberration in basketball history gonna lead the Raptors?
      They got nowhere teamed with Amare and Carmelo, it would stand to reason they will suck worse with Bargs and Derozan, no?

      Raptors would be better off signing some undrafted free agents and rolling the dice until one paid off, than giving serious dollars to those pair of flaky fliers.

      • how often has an undrafted free agent worked out? You should know better, Sonny

        • Machado, K. Jones, A. Young, Holloway, and Buford all are potential rotation guys. Gosh, I’d rather have Drew Gordon than Fields, and Jordan Taylor before Jeremy Lin…..

          Wait….what round did Lin go in again? I forget.

          As for the undrafted pedigree, you are right; never works right? Unless you are:
          Jeremy Lin (debateably ok) or David Wesley,
          Brad Miller , or Wes Matthews, Jose Calderon,
          Ben Wallace (DPOY), or Bruce Bowen (Numb retired), Udonis Haslem (2 rings), Avery Johnson, or how about 2 time All D teamer Raja Bell? Remember Darrell Armstrong? Pretty solid career right? Lets not forget Duquenses Mike James, GaTechs Anthony Morrow, or the high flying antics ofof Andreas Nocioni, Bo Outlaw, and Carlos Arroyo? Also memorable Earl Boykins, Marquis DanielsChucky Atkins, Reggie Evans,Lester Hudson, Troy Hudson, JJ Barrea, Chuck Hayes, Kelenna Azubuike, adn the Birdman?

          Undrafted guys never pan out. You are right.
          P

          • That’s a lot of names n only like 8 all-star selections. Superstars don’t go undrafted n u can’t win without a superstar so why wast time on the undrafted guys?

          • CHUKAZ – True Say; my point is that ultimatly, Lin and Fields wont go down in History as much better than the worst on that list (HAYES)?

          • You proved my point, how often has an undrafted free agent worked out, as well as Steve Nash? Refer to list above, I’ll only give you Ben Wallace, maybe

          • C’MON SONny…I think MAAAAYBE 5 of the names you mentioned were All-Stars at one point but your not taking into accout the time in between each player has been evaluated and drafted. Its not easy trying to find a diamond in the rough because it might not be easy for the player to smooth out the edges based on their skill set. Your throwing out names of good roll players but thats it. The raps need take chances on more established young talent. O.J Mayo, Goran Dragic, Ryan Anderson, even Gerald Green. But these are all young players with huge upside. If the raps want to win they are going to have to hit the luxary tax to do so. They should be inclined to go after star power and sell the stars to the country via Bell & Rogers to develop a better basketball market so players would want to stay here. Hockey is DEAD. TSN, SportsNet, TheScore (although the score is the best out of the bunch in my opinion) WAAAKE UPP!. We in Canada help fuel a dying star in the sport of hockey by supporting this sport with all of our resources which then hinders the growth of a rapidly growing economically friendly sport in basketball, or soccer even. People complain about the raptors organization all the time about them not being able to hold onto talent, or having to over pay for mediocrity. But we Torontonians/Canadians have only ourselves to blame. Especially us Torontonians being the biggest media market in Canada. We are now at a point where we have to get home grown talent to play here. Maybe we should tank until Andrew Wiggins enters the draft?lol. I dont know, what they can do to fix the team but I do know that it has to start with media. The game needs to be accepted more, mastered and better understood in our youth systems, AND BROADCASTED TO THE MASSES!!! Team Canada played in the Fiba tourney and you mean I couldnt get 1 televised game? I get the same old repeated NBA draft coverage on raptors tv instead of updated opinions and variety of it. I get daily round the clock NHL draft ish on all the sports networks leading up to the NBA draft. The NHL draft finishes before the NBA draft but yet I still get more NHL coverage as a whole compared to the amount of basketball related coverage. I’m pretty sure that most of the money made from the NHL comes from we canadians supporting the league via television, merchandise etc. I say stop milking a dead cow and go all in on basketball. If you want to see improvement from the raps, its this kind of culture change that needs to take place…….

    • Agree with everything except topping Houston’s offer for Jeremy Lin. Fans are already questioning Landry Fields’ offer sheet now that Steve Nash isn’t coming.

  8. If the raptors become a good team they will attract free agents. Steve Nash wasn’t going to choose this shitbag raptors team for an almost equal slary to play with the lakers for a championship. Good luck to Steve Nash. Maybe this will soon signal the end of Bryan Colanglo and his medocrity and the raptors can tank to the bottom for probably a few years to get the superstars neccesary to win a championship and not be the houston rockets.

    • actually he took 12 mil less to play for the lake show so what does that tell you

      • The Lakers also gave up two firsts, two seconds, and cash, all the more reason why I’m glad we didn’t sign him. At least we’re not giving up any draft picks when offer-sheeting, which is important.

    • +1, except the Houston Rockets now have enough depth to make a splash.

  9. To quote Mr. Burns “excellent”

  10. The Internet goes to whoever devises a Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young pun for this team.

    I wish Pau’s nickname were “Stilts,” because then you could say Kobe, Stilts, Nash, Bynum.

  11. Feel like we are New York Islanders of the NBA, joke team, no one wants to play here overpay for talent, score 100 free pizza slice,,geez when does NFL season start!

    • I was afraid that signing Steve Nash would backfire on the Raptors in the future, so don’t feel bad. I felt much worse when we passed on Scott Machado (who I wanted the Raptors to get instead) twice in the draft.

  12. Steve Nash single handedly killed basketball in canada

    • Not to detract form this wonderful Hyperbole-fest, but if anyone is to blame for having a shitty basketball situation in Toronto it is the Raptors management.

    • Far from the truth. Canadian basketball has a bright future and Steve Nash has a big hand in that.

  13. Does anyone see the raptors playing in vegas in 5 years

  14. Knicks fans are upset? Knicks fans? It pales in comparison to Suns fans, who yes, didn’t think he was coming back, but now he is a mother-effing Laker?

    A Canadian totally just ruined my 4th of July

  15. These next few years, as a Suns fan, where Nash is a Laker will probably be the only years in my life that I root for them to win the championship. That says more about Nash than it does the Suns.

    • AGREED… never thought I’d say that IN MY LIFE.
      As for those who say he ruined Canadian basketball… he’s virtually the only thing keeping it afloat since Carter and TMac!!

  16. I’m so sorry, but you seriously believe that Nash gave himself a better chance of winning a ring by joining the Lakers instead of the Knicks? Look at the East! The Heat’s 1 guard is Mario Chalmers. The Heat have a weak interior and are hustling to fix that situation. The Knicks have Amare and Chandler — who together are stronger than Bosh/Haslem or Bosh/Battier. Lebron will have to square up with Carmelo — which leaves Nash against MARIO CHAMLMERS …

    Russell Westbrook was 8 years old when Nash got drafted. He cannot hold CP3…dance with Tony Parker. He picked the wrong conference. SMH.

    • Yeah, the Knicks frontcourt really handed it to them in the playoffs…oh wait…. And in the past two seasons the Heat did not do particularly bad against Nash (on the contrary, their DefRtg remained unchanged while their OffRtg climbed by 4 to about 114). It is not like he can break them down single-handedly, especially if you keep in mind that he will be 39 come playoff time…

    • The Lakers still have those 2 big men (Pau and Bynum), which are obviously better than Amar’e and Tyson. They have Kobe Bryant, one of the top 20 players in the NBA right now. I know that the Eastern Conference is weaker than the West, but the Lakers are too good not to be one of the favorites in their conference. The addition of Steve Nash on the Lakers without losing one of their star bigs makes more sense than getting Nash for Shump, Toney and some players/picks. Mind you, the Laker offense was a mess the past season but they managed to be the no. 3 spot in the West.

    • Heat are a way better team the the Knicks even with Nash, & Chalmers would be able to guard him just fine. He is an underrated defender (has led the Heat in steals).

      Pacers are a legit team with young guys to guard Nash and a strong defensive center in Hibbert. They were better than the Knicks last year by far, would be a very rough out for the Knicks with Nash.

      Celtics have Rondo who is better than Nash at this point in his career and would give him all he can handle.

      Nets now have a play-off bound team, D-Will is better than Nash and if they can get Dwight there’s no question in my mind which would be the superior NY area team.

      Knicks fans are dreaming if they think they can reach to conference finals let alone NBA finals, even with Nash.

  17. Oh, the Suns got Beasley? This is Hedo-on-the-Suns all over again. Hope I’m wrong. (although 6 mil a yr isn’t terrible)

  18. Really, how good for the Lakers will this be? I mean, Nash is a brilliant player, and I got all day to blah-blah about how he can help a team. But he’s a guy who needs the ball in his hands. He distributes. That’s his big plus. Surely working with Kobe is going to make that a little tough.

    I don’t like this for the Lakers. I don’t like this for Nash. I don’t like this for Canada. But most of all… I just don’t like this.

    • I completely agree. It sucks for all parties involved –

      Suns get 2 late first round picks (marginal role players), and 2 second round picks (training camp fodder).
      Nash gets to be another in a long list of point guards to go to the Lakers just to see their career die (see Ramon Sessions & Steve Blake).
      Lakers get to play pick & roll with players who are not suited for the P&R, and drive & kick with 0 shooters around.

      I think the only beneficiary of this trade is Lakers fans who get another scapegoat when Kobe reverts to his ball-hogging ways of dribbling for 20 seconds, and then bricking contested 20-footers.

    • I disagree, Mike Brown is a shitty offensive coach and that is where Nashs know-how will be of most value. Brown will probably give him free reign to run the offense however he wants which will be great for their efficiency. Plus his penetration will give the bigs more opportunity to score inside which is something critics are always saying the Lakers don’t do enough of. This will work out just fine.

  19. Big suns fan, glad for nash, would rather see him with the heat but atleast he’s getting paid, time to start tanking suns!

  20. Kobe better be willing to give up the ball now that he has an elite point guard. Lakers won’t win sh*t if they don’t let nash run the show. But that would be very welcome to us suns fans. We love nash (‘loved’, for many of us), but the deep-seated hate for the lakers is just too much to keep rooting for him.

    • I’m pretty sure Steve Nash hasn’t won “sh*t” (as you so eloquently put it) when he’s been running the show, and Kobe has 5 championships doing his thing without “an elite point guard” (for whatever that’s worth)

      • Yeah sure but these are different times now. Kobe doesn’t have Shaq to carry him or Phil Jackson’s system to make him play team ball at least once in a while. For the past two seasons, kobe has been doing it ‘his way’ and look where it got them. You look at the lakers’ early playoff exits and one thing stands out–kobe’s got his points, but he also took away the flow of the offense with his reckless and highly-unjustified one-man barrages, and limited the touches of gasol and bynum which would’ve helped a lot with their rhythm and confidence on both ends. Watch the tapes, especially the fourth quarter of close games. When it’s “kobe time”, any semblance of a team offense is lost, and his teammates look lost. As a result, the team is left with no options but to continue letting kobe take ugly contested ‘clutch’ shots, hence the losses.

        Sure, nash may not have won a championship yet. But he did come close when he was with Dallas and Phoenix. He just happened to run into superior teams in a very loaded West. And without even considering those runs, i’m sure nash is the best damn team player to wear a laker uniform since magic. And it takes a team to win championships. Not a singular ‘hero’. So say what you want, but unless kobe gives up his touches to nash, and it’s still very possible that he won’t, the lakers won’t get anywhere.

        • The Kobe/selfish narrative is getting old. Kobe more often than not is the teams best option in late game situations, and Kobe is smart enough to use his teammates when it’s beneficial for the team. This past season, the team was out-coached, Mike Brown looked lost many times…but the team is only 2 years removed from back-to-back-to-back NBA Finals.

          Kobe is just as essential to the Laker championships as Shaq and Phil, again, drop the Kobe/selfish narrative. This isn’t 1998.

          • Kobe Bryant’s assist ratio during his 5 championship seasons is actually higer than Michael Jordan’s assist ratio, so who’s selfish now?

            Kobe Bryant AST% for 5 championship seasons: 24.74
            Michael Jordan AST% for 6 championship seasons: 22.58
            If I even drop Jordan’s lowest AST%(18.0 which Kobe’s never done since becoming a starter), Jordan owns an AST% of 23.5

            So, there’s some stats behind my suggestion, drop the Kobe/selfish narrative. Thanks

        • Kobe was playing under Phil a year ago, so he hasn’t been “doing it his way” “for the past two seasons”. Also, when you mention that Nash got close to winning with Dallas and Phoenix, keep in mind he has yet to make the Finals even once, and one of those “superior teams” he ran into which prevented him from making the Finals was Kobe’s Lakers in 2010.

          If Kobe is smart he’ll let Nash be the main ballhandler on offense and will work more off ball, and will also focus more on his defense. Let Nash work pick n roll with Gasol on one side of the floor with Bynum and Kobe on the weak side. If Kobe just wants Nash to be a spot up shooter while Kobe dominates the ball, then he’ll be totally wasting Nash’s talents and it won’t work. But in the end, I think Kobe cares most about winning and trying to get that 6th ring to bring him even with Jordan and will be willing to do what needs to be done to make that happen. We already know Nash will mesh his game well with whatever situation is presented to him.

  21. I know there’s going to be a free agent edition of the Fix next week, but we could really use an interim Overdose on Friday. You guys will have too much to talk about in 30 mins next week!

  22. So in even more of a shocker… Nash has decided it is time to pull and MJ and switch sports… wow man Nash is just really trolling everyone now eh? https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/600214_10150892050507027_1835195944_n.jpg

  23. I feel like Nash will average about 15-20 assists a game playing with the Lakers.. but may score about 10 a game.

  24. Nash is a fool.
    How often do you get a chance to get paid mega bucks to make a switch from “Basketball Star” to “National Superhero?
    He wont get a ring in L.A.
    Hope he becomes a footnote. Never trust the Canadian West Coast crew.

    • Raptors are a loser team, management sucks and having Nash wouldn’t really make the team play-off bound. Yeah he’d become a bigger Canadian icon but it would also kill his NBA career.

      Toronto needs to get better management and maybe free agents will want to play there.

    • Nash is many things:
      Supremely talented, smart, and creative.
      He could be called a traitor or ring chaser.
      But I don’t think you can argue that he’s a fool for joining the Lakers.

  25. JVAL, MAGO, DEROZAN, FIELDS, CALDERON = D LEAGUE SQUAD

    JVAL, AMIR, WEEMS, Derozan, Bayless = FUTURE EAST CHAMPS!

    • J-Val, PF not named Bargs, SF to be drafted, Ross, PG (Hopefully Tu Holloway)

      I’d like to think of that as future East champs instead.

  26. Don’t be upset, Raptors fans. Long-term future is bright for you. Valanciunas kid will be big. It’s been a long time since a young true center has dominated youth competitions that much and adjusting his game to the pros so fast. He can be as impactful as young Pau was. Now, if you can build smartly around that…. I think the East is locked down with Miami anyway, so you should really work smartly.

  27. I like that move for the Lakers. It is low risk and potentially high reward. The Kobe Bryant window is slowly closing and they have to win it now. How would 4 future 20+ draft picks have helped them?

  28. lmao @ everbody arguing that the knicks > lakers

    go watch some games, then comment on blogs

  29. great move nash, sell your soul to play with a rapist.and i dont care he turned down the raptors. or took less money. anywhere but LA. enjoy kobe. all the pictures will be taken with you 2 together. just fuckin great

  30. Those arguing that the Raptors just need to be good to attract big free agents : I mean, they got superstars like Antonio Davis and Hedo Turkoglu when they were last successful.

    • “successful” = fluctuating between 8th and 12th seed over 5 years & getting bounced in the first round whenever they did manage to make the playoffs in a weak East?

      Nah.

    • Antonio Davis came here by trade, and Jose Calderon was the best free agent signing.

  31. I would say that an even bigger moment than Gretzky’s trade and the World Series is Canada winning an Olympic hockey gold medal on home soil. The most-watched TV event in Canadian history ever.

    While the Olympics itself is supposedly amateur, all athletes involved in men’s hockey are professionals.

  32. So gross. I love you Steve…. but why, WHYYYYYYY? I would rather you never win again in Toronto, I would rather you join the Heat and beat my C’s for 3 years, I would rather you retire THEN PLAY WITH FUCKING L A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Nash joining the Lakers was literally the only thing that he could do to alienate me as a Nash fan.

    Bye Nash. Hope you like being a spectator in fourth quarters.

  34. if the reason nash went to L.A was to be closer to his kids in PHX then why the hell does he live in NY in the offseason??? seems like a weak story to me.. he was starstruck by kobe plain & simple… he let the glitz & glamour of NBA showtime cloud his judgement… Like Gretzky, nash doesnt even live in Canada they may aswell do us a favour & apply for US citizenship, because we all know how they feel about living in Canada…

  35. If the Lakers win it all (or god forbid repeat), and when Kobe gets the scoring record, get ready for Kobe=GOAT arguments til the end of time.

  36. Steve Nash just killed free agency in Toronto for the near future. Players are gonna look at the Raptors and think, “wow, even the Canadian player doesn’t want to play there for big money”.

    Bryan Colangelo should have had his ass thrown off this ship awhile ago.

    Anyone else see Steve Nash getting the Vince Carter treatment in Toronto next year?

    Also to the people thinking the Lakers will meet the Heat in the finals. How are they going to get past the Thunder? No doubt, getting Nash was an improvement for the Lakers, but Sessions got absolutely destroyed by Westbrook last year in the post-season. I can’t wait to see Nash shut Westbrook down with his matador defense.

    • ZzZZzz Over Blown.

    • “Steve Nash just killed free agency in Toronto for the near future. Players are gonna look at the Raptors and think, “wow, even the Canadian player doesn’t want to play there for big money”.

      The Toronto Raptors should not have been looking for quick-fixes in the first place. I didn’t want the team to touch Steve Nash since day one.

      “Bryan Colangelo should have had his ass thrown off this ship awhile ago.”

      Certainly cannot disagree. Let me ask you, does Rob Babcock look so bad now?

      “Anyone else see Steve Nash getting the Vince Carter treatment in Toronto next year?”

      Hopefully not, but can’t be surprised. I expect it to come from casual-at-best fans who don’t really know basketball.

      “Also to the people thinking the Lakers will meet the Heat in the finals. How are they going to get past the Thunder? No doubt, getting Nash was an improvement for the Lakers, but Sessions got absolutely destroyed by Westbrook last year in the post-season. I can’t wait to see Nash shut Westbrook down with his matador defense.”

      Good point, and that’s not including the Spurs who have virtually zero holes in their organization.

      • Yea, i wasn’t a fan of picking up Steve Nash, but you can’t deny how bad it makes us look as an organization.

  37. Good Pick up Lakers.!!! I don’t know why Bryan Colangelo would even try to sign Nash “38 yr old” to such a contract, when he should be focusing on rebuilding this sad team. There’s a reason why most star players don’t want to play for Toronto, upper management don’t know the difference between there head and ASS. Now Nash might have the chance of winning an NBA title, instead of playing 38 games or so for the raptors, then getting injured playing for a team with no heart. Last, Good pick up in Quincy Acy , his going to add some heart to this team, Colangelo don’t know what the hell you were thinking about ROSS. Maybe time will tell, if you still are the Raptors GM to have the last laugh…loserrrrr

    • YES. THANK YOU.

      It’s not Canada.
      It’s not that the team is shitty (it is).
      It’s that management doesn’t seem to be making the right choices to correct how shitty the team has been the last decade. Why would a star player want to play in that situation?

      • Can’t dare argue that. People still hate Rob Babcock so much and will never forgive him (I blame him for not having a spine to do what was best for the team at the time instead of being a yes man such a buffoon supporting cast known as Jack McCloskey and the front office. People forget (or don’t know) however that he was the one that wanted to draft Andre Iguodala and rebuild through high picks in the draft. His signing of Jose Calderon was far and away the best free agent signing in Raptor history. He had his share of blunders that I need to not mention, but he was a rookie that started in a terrible situation with a team on the decline, disgruntled star that never wanted to give him (even though I don’t know what it is about Julius Erving that would have made him such a good GM), and a talentless squad of front-officers who offered little help or support.

        By the time Babcock was finished, Bryan Colangelo had inherited cap space, expiring contracts, a young, talented floor general, a young-rising star, and a high first-round pick. Rob Babcock may never enter anybody’s mind, but nobody can possibly dispute Bryan Colangelo being woefully overrated.

    • I didn’t know what to think of the Ross pick (I still don’t). I think he’s an upgrade over DeMar DeRozan right away, which I can’t see any downside on. I thought that Jared Sullinger was the best available talent and everybody else including Harrison Barnes had serious question marks.

      I hated when we passed on Scott Machado twice in the second round (I wanted him at #37) far more than when we took Terrence Ross. I’ve grown to like Quincy Acy because of his high character and intangibles, but probably would have preferred Darius Miller instead. I still don’t understand the logic behind drafting Tomislav Zubcic. This isn’t like last year when I felt indifferent on passing over two scoring guards with questionable offensive floor general skills for a European big man with size, efficiency, toughness, and promise. This time, we passed on a true passing point guard with starting potential for a guy that appears to be more of the stereotypical soft, jumpshooting, do-little-else Euro.

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