Empty thoughts and mutterings

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nash it out

The most interesting conference semifinal match-up IMO is the suns-spurs series. It is highly probable that the NBA champion would come out of this series. To watch this little guy run up and down the court has been a privilege. I've only caught glimpses of his games during the regular season, and the importance of this series has made me sit down and watch full games. In doing so, I have been able to understand why this guy is so special. 2 time MVP and finished 2 nd in the MVP voting a 3 rd time. Is this guy really that good ? Just sit down and watch a couple of his games and you'll know. If anything, he's under rated. In spite of all the MVP talk, he does not get as much attention from the media or sponsors as the other superstars like Lebron or a D-wade do. Suns have a great team. Amare and Marion are superstars in their own right and Barbosa would start in just about every other team and would probably be a 22-25 point scorer every day. But without nash, the whole system would crumble and the suns would not be half as successful. They operate under a simple scheme. Get the defensive rebound, get it to nash, run the distance of the court in under 4 seconds, a few screens, collapse on the paint and pass the ball out to a wide open shooter. There are no secrets here. Their success has been due to nash's extra ordinary dribbling skills and finding the open man. Easy as it may sound, he does it with tremendous consistency. And he can hurt you with his shooting skills too. It was obvious to me, that Nash means more to the success of this team than any other super star's presence to his team. If not for all the championships, a comparison with MJ's role, would not sound stupid. Kobe means a lot to his team, Wade to his and Lebron to his. But nobody's presence is as important to his team's success as Steve nash's. I am rooting for his team to go all the way !


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