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By now, I think most people would agree that Steve Nash is the greatest Phoenix Sun in franchise history. He never won a ring but always tried to lead the Suns to the Finals no matter how many nosebleeds or bruises he had to suffer. His unselfish play and fantastic work ethic should serve as an example to every NBA player.
The fact that Nash now plays for divisional rival Los Angeles Lakers is not his fault. He was traded because the team had to go in a new direction and rebuild, but Nash did not abandon the team.
And yet, now he is feeling the effects of the curse.
This season, Nash has played just 35 games. A left leg injury kept him out for much of the first half of the season, and this season will be the first time Nash misses more than 20 games of the regular season since 2000.
In addition, Nash's production has decreased. He is still shooting the ball well, and 12 points and 7.1 assists per game is pretty good for a 38-year-old, but he is no longer an All-Star who can lead his team to victory. Nash may not necessarily retire at the end of this season, but he won't be in the league much longer.
Of course, this would be acceptable for a 38-year-old player if the Lakers were actually winning games. But the Lakers are just 29-30 this season, and although they have been playing much better recently, it will take a very strong finish for them to sneak into the playoffs. Even then, their chances of winning a championship are slim to none.
Many people wanted to see Nash chase a championship ring this season, but you could say Nash is experiencing some bad karma.
Of course, there are more rational explanations. Nash is very close to retiring, he just left a team with a world-renowned training staff, the Lakers have been plagued by injuries all season and their team chemistry is disastrous.
But the idea of a curse? Well, that's still an interesting coincidence.