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Could LeBron pull Steve Nash to the dark side?
It pains me to say this. As an ardent Heat hater, this sight would make me puke.
But Steve Nash should sign with the Miami Heat.
There are a lot of reasons this probably won't happen. Namely, Nash has always stood for everything that's right with the game. Loyalty, teamwork, coming through in the clutch. It just seems odd that Nash would ever go to a team that seems to embody the opposite. From a basketball perspective though, there is no better fit for Nash than the Heat.
Not since the 2004 Lakers has a team ever had four legitimate stars, guys who have proven throughout their careers that they could carry a team on their own. That is what Miami would have with Steve Nash. It could play a unit of Steve Nash, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony and its two best players would be on the bench.
Imagine Nash throwing alley oops to LeBron. Or running pick and rolls with Chris Bosh. Offensively, Nash would make Miami possibly the most entertaining team in league history.
You may worry that adding another ball handler to the Heat would be redundant, but Nash doesn't need the ball to be effective. He can carry the offense for stretches, but when LeBron and Wade need the ball, he's more than capable of staying on the perimeter and hitting open threes.
On defense, there is no team better suited to mask Nash's deficiencies than the Heat. The athleticism of LeBron and Dwyane Wade makes them an elite defensive team regardless of who else is on the floor.
The added benefit to bringing in Nash would be the trade pieces it creates for Miami. All of a sudden, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole aren't essential. Maybe a team desperate for a guard is willing to give them the center they've so desperately needed. Nash then is no longer just an upgrade at point guard, but he creates an upgrade somewhere else.
I hate to guarantee championships. Partially because you can never really know what's going to happen, and partially because it takes the fun out of the season. But if Nash signs with Miami you can probably pencil the Heat in for the title for the next two or three years.