Nash was ready to play for Knicks for a 25-30m deal taking around a 20-25% pay cut versus Toronto deal. As the best Canadian NBA player in a generation, he could have made a ton of money in endorsements playing for the Raptors. Yet he was ready to forego the money to play for a chip in NYC. From his Linsanity tweets, it was obvious he would enjoy mentoring Lin at the same time. Nash has lots of friends in NYC and no doubt he was following the reaction to the proposed trade. And probably to his shock, there was this hysteria throughout the media (manifested on this site and many many others) about giving up Shumpert for a "washed up" PG. He's probably thinking Shumpert? Really? Defensive specialists who can't shoot are a dime-a-dozen and this guy after history of knee problems just hit the daily double with both an ACL and meniscus tear. I freakin' missed 4 games, put up all-star numbers last season, and take care of my body as well as anyone in the league. And this is the reaction from the city I CHOSE for my summer home? Well screw that! If they don't want me, I'm just gonna go to the Lakers and play for a chip there. Kobe (who lobbied for him) and the city of LA will at least welcome me without reservation.
Congratulations everyone! You gave up on what could have been one of the most dynamic offenses since Lakers Showtime, one that could have played up tempo and half-court. And with a lucky break here or there one that would have had a legitimate chance for a chip in the next 3 years. I hope your projection of hopes into reality for Shump and Lin materializes. Man I hope Shump with his history of knee problems for a 21yo doesn't end up being a middling guard. And I hope Lin accelerates his learning curve or we're a middling team posing no threat to Heat, Boston, Bulls. And God forbid if Nets land Howard. There was a time when Channing Frye was our Shumpert. When Curry and Jerome James were gonna be the Twin Towers like Duncan and Robinson. This one's not on the FO or Dolan since they were willing to include Shump in deal. Nash changed his mind, why? You made your choice, now own it - you picked Shumpert over a top 10 all-time PG still playing at the highest level and one desperately needed to help sort out the dysfunctional Knick offense. And surely Nash would have been a magnet attracting the cream of the vet min and 3m MLE crop. We might have even had a shot at Ray Allen. So enjoy the celebration New Yorkers! Personally, I would have preferred celebrating a championship but, hey, to each his own. This will have been a memorable Independence Day - we just freed ourselves from the chance of winning a chip for at least another 5 years.
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