We’ve passed soft bigotry. We’re on to the tyrannical.
Last night, the Phoenix Suns and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash were dismantled by the Los Angeles Lakers and one-time NBA MVP Kobe Bryant, 128-107. Nash scored 13 points and recorded 13 assists in a lackluster performance punctuated by intercepted passes, excessive dribbling, and porous defense. Too bad the national media has chosen to focus elsewhere. No one has put out an APB on a guy who is always missing once the calendar moves to May.
Doesn’t anyone want more from Nash?
- Not ESPN. The Daily Dime thought his 13 and 13 performance was just fine.
- Not Yahoo. His name didn’t even come up, except in a pithy comment about the Lakers height.
- Not The Sporting News. Nary a mention.
One more game with only one open eye might not have been so uncomfortable for Steve Nash.
Nash saw too much of the Los Angeles Lakers. Way more than he ever imagined, wanted or secretly feared.
It was Pau Gasol’s ample wingspan greeting him as he turned corners on pick-and-rolls. It was Lamar Odom’s length obstructing the sight lines to Nash’s usual secondary targets on the wing. It was arms everywhere, basically, to compromise Nash’s restored vision and complicate his passing angles.
It was also way, way worse for the Suns everywhere else they looked in a 128-107 pounding, starting with a teamwide defensive surrender that will promptly hush all the recent chatter about how much tougher and stingier these Suns are.
Nash’s muted 13 points and 13 assists in 28 minutes would have to be classified as a bright spot for the Suns, measured against everything else they were subjected to in this humbling evisceration. As Nash later confirmed about his health, after his first game since closing out his longtime tormentors from San Antonio with his right eye swollen shut: “That was the least of my concerns tonight.”
Stein’s doing a better job of protecting Nash than Amare Stoudamire.
Low expectations are a bitch. Do you expect more from Steve Nash? If not, why not? Is Steve Nash being held to a lower standard because he’s a minority? Is the failure of the media and the public to demand more standing between Nash and true greatness, rather than hollow accolades issued by a politicized press corps? What does he need to do for the Suns to compete?