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Updated Dec 16, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Steve Nash: 'That's my team forever'

Steve Nash knows his career may not finish in Phoenix, but that doesn't mean he won't always be a Sun.

A guest on Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Friday, Nash said he thinks of the Suns in the same way he does his high school and college team.

"That's my team forever," he said. "The business is an ever-changing one and I could be on another team tomorrow, but I definitely feel a sense of loyalty and kinship to this team."

Nash said he feels like there's a lot to play for, whether the Suns are a championship contender or not, and that while he'd like to win a title, not winning one won't define his career in the NBA.

That would go a long way towards explaining why a player who, after seemingly accomplished everything a player can on a personal level, would not demand a trade or be anxiously awaiting a chance to join a serious contender. The Suns, after all, are no longer what they used to be, and most would understand if the 37-year-old wanted to move on for a shot at that championship ring.

But that's just not how Nash rolls.

"I feel like in the last 10 years, maybe five, I don't feel like it was quite the same as when I came into the league, when it was all championship or nothing," the point guard said. "Back in the day -- I hate to use that term -- I don't think it was all about championship. It was about relative success, it was about competing and finding the competitiveness and reward of building a team and being as good as you can be.

"Only one team can win it, that doesn't mean the other 29 teams were wasting their time or didn't accomplish anything that season."

Steve Nash is certainly not your normal NBA player. He'd rather see someone else score a basket than himself, and is willing to possibly forego a chance at a championship in order to stay in the Valley.

And, should the Suns fall short of a title this year, so be it. Nash will not look back with regrets on what has been a Hall of Fame career.


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