BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Steve Nash spent a decade with the Phoenix Suns, dazzling their fans, and NBA fans all over the world with his exciting brand of basketball.
Come October 30, Nash will take a very special place inside Talking Stick Resort Arena, as he’ll be inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor at halftime of the Suns/Portland TrailBlazers game.
Nash will become the 14th member of the Suns Ring of Honor. He’ll join Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, John MacLeod, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal.
An eight-time All-Star (six with Phoenix), Nash was originally drafted by Phoenix with the 15th overall selection in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. His decade with the Suns spanned two separate time periods (1996-1998, 2004-2012). Nash finished his career as the Suns’ all-time leader in assists (6,997), 3-point field goals made (1,051), and free-throw percentage (.907).
“It was a pretty simple decision. Steve (Nash) is one of the best players to ever put on a Phoenix Suns uniform. Just really proud of all the accomplishments he’s had, and to me it was a no-brainer that he belongs up in our Ring of Honor,” Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. “Steve has the rare combination of three things you try to find in a player, and not a lot of them really have all three, and that’s the physical ability, the mental ability to understand the game, and the heart and passion to play.”
“He (Nash) really embodies everything on the court (that) you look for in a player,” Sarver said. “He’s a leader, so (he’s) obviously unselfish, tremendously talented, and really took the Phoenix Suns from a 29-win team to a 62-win team, and really ushered in an era of Phoenix Suns basketball that was great to watch, and somebody that I think our fans are really proud of.”
Sarver is so excited for Oct. 30 to get here, because of all the fun things they have planned that night for Nash and the fans.
“Oh it’s gonna be great. It’ll be a great celebration during the game, and I think just an opportunity for all our fans to really pay homage to someone (Nash) who’s done so much for this team and this community, so I encourage everyone to come out and join us.”