Napoleon after his defeat at Waterloo
The reign of all men in power must eventually come to an end, whether it be marked with tragedy or grace.
With Napoleon nearing Paris in March 1815, the coalition of Britain, Russia, Austria and Prussia declared him an outlaw and each pledged 150,000 troops towards his defeat.
By June, Napoleon had raised his army to over 200,000. He knew his only hope would be a decisive early strike that would force the allies to sue for peace, so he launched an offensive through modern-day Belgium hoping to divide the oncoming Prussian and British armies.
The Battle of Waterloo on June 18 was a disastrous defeat for Napoleon. As a result, Louis XVIII was restored to power and Napoleon was taken into British custody and sent to St. Helena, an island in the south Atlantic 1,200 miles from the nearest landmass. He would live his remaining years under virtual house arrest before dying of stomach cancer in 1821.
After the return to form for the Suns last season, numerous roster changes, none larger than Amar'e Stoudemire's departure to New York, cast doubt on the new season.
Even Nash himself, in an effort to temper expectations, said "To be honest...I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys."
Now 36 years old, questions abound about Nash's immediate future. As the team hovers around .500, his has become the sexy name regarding NBA trade rumors, with speculation centering on a reunion with Stoudemire and D'Antoni with the Knicks.
While Napoleon's story ended tragically, Nash's final chapters are still being written. With the result of his quest for a championship and his ultimate destination unknown, the only certainty is that Nash will leave everything he's got out on the court now and a give a stirring Hall of Fame induction speech later.