NBA Rumors: Why Steve Nash and the Knicks Are a Match Made in Heaven

Tyler EmkenContributor IIIJanuary 20, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at US Airways Center on January 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 101-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's been a rough start to the year, Knicks fans, but there may be light may be at the end of the tunnel.

Reports have surfaced that the Knicks would want to acquire Steve Nash when he becomes a free agent.  Nash hasn't done much to dispel these rumors. 

Nash is too loyal to push for a trade, but at the end of the season he will be free to do as he pleases.  If the Knicks make this move, it would be one of the rare occasions where a free agent move would actually benefit both parties.

Nash has been languishing with the Phoenix Suns for the last couple seasons.  With no more Shawn Marion or Amar'e Stoudemire the Suns' title window has officially closed.  It has been sad to watch, because Steve Nash is going to go down as one of the best players ever in his position. 

He is a two time MVP, seven time All-Star and has been a part of the 50-40-90 club more times than any other player in NBA history. 

But all good things must end.  Nash is going to turn 38 on February 7th and is without a ring.  If Nash were to retire today, his career would have the an asterisk next to it stating that he could never win a NBA title. 

He would still be great, but would he be considered that great?  The NBA seemingly puts titles on a pedestal more than any of the major sports leagues.

The Knicks have been struggling to score this season, which is odd considering that they have Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire on their squad. 

The problem is that the Knicks don't really run an offense.  The Knicks attempt to iso Stoudemire and Anthony and hope for the best.  The Knicks sorely lack a point guard who can effectively run the offense. 

Stoudemire has shown this season that he struggles to create his own shot.  It is becoming more apparent to me that Steve Nash handed Stoudemire his big contract in New York after feeding him so well in Phoenix.  The Knicks need 'Melo to go for 35 a night for them to have a chance.

Carmelo and Amare would both benefit from Nash at the point.
Carmelo and Amare would both benefit from Nash at the point.Chris Trotman/Getty Images


Bringing Nash to the fold would mean a return of the run and gun offense that he and Stoudemire ran in Phoenix so effectively.  Those Suns teams always seemed like they were one player short of a title and in New York, Anthony could be that player. 

Nash and Stoudemire would be back in the fold with coach Mike D'Antoni, essentially making the Knicks the Phoenix Suns 2.0.  

With a healthy Nash on the squad, the Knicks would become instant Eastern Conference favorites and possibly give Nash the best shot he has had in his career at a title.  If the New York Knicks front office does not find a way to make this happen, they do not deserve to run the team.