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Steve Nash is capable of running an NBA team better than just about anyone else.
For the past 10 years, Steve Nash has been the shining example of how to run an NBA team from the point guard position. He has always had an implicit understanding of how to get a team running smoothly.
Nash knows when and how to get guys going and when he needs to take over games with his scoring. He's directed one of the best fast-break attacks ever (during the seven-seconds-or-less Phoenix Suns era) and is one of the greatest shooters and pick-and-roll players in NBA history.
There's a lot going for Nash. But at 38 years old, he only has a year or two left to capture a title. And unless he does, he'll always be a member of the dreaded "greatest to never win a ring club."
You probably know a lot of the members. There's Karl Malone, Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and many more. It's completely unfair, but the absence of a ring tends to emphasize a basketball player's deficiencies.
For example, Karl Malone trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career scoring, but he will always be remembered for choking in the clutch (highlighted by the turnover in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals that led to Michael Jordan's famous last shot).
Kevin Garnett had a similar reputation for almost his entire career. But as soon as he won a title with the Boston Celtics, it didn't matter. The ring made people forget his biggest flaw.
As good as Steve Nash has been offensively, he's always been a defensive liability. A title will more or less mask that fact. But if he doesn't get it, he'll be forced to fall in line with Malone and Miller.
The way Nash's career is remembered will be decided soon. People will either be saying, “Steve Nash was great,” or “Steve Nash was great, but...”