Phoenix's Steve Nash open to becoming a member of the Heat

The 38-year-old eight-time All-Star, who will be a free agent this summer, tells Dan Patrick that he will not return to the Suns if there isn't improvement.

March 31, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Suns point guard Steve Nash tries to drive past Mavericks guard Delonte West during a game earlier this season in Dallas.
Suns point guard Steve Nash tries to drive past Mavericks guard Delonte… (Larry W. Smith / EPA )

Putting them over the top?

Those who think Miami's collection of talent is almost unfair were probably cringing at the thought of the Heat acquiring another All-Star, giving it more superheroes than Marvel comics.

Phoenix point guard Steve Nash said on "The Dan Patrick Show" this week that he would be open to the possibility of playing alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh after becoming a free agent this summer.

"I'm not coming back to the Suns if there isn't improvement," Nash told Patrick.

Asked about the possibility of James lobbying him to join the Heat, Nash said, "I would listen. He's phenomenal. I love what they're doing there. A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent there. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together."

One potential sticking point: Miami won't have any salary-cap room, so the best contract it could offer the eight-time All-Star would be the mid-level exception.

But Nash is certainly mindful of another number: his age. At 38, he probably doesn't have many more chances to win a title. Joining Miami just might put the odds in his favor.

For your reading pleasure

Somebody tweeted this week from the handle LakersMikeBrown, but it wasn't the Lakers' Mike Brown.

The rogue tweeter, no doubt inspired by Brown's benching of All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, sent out a message saying, "I would bench Barack O'Bama, the Dali Lama and Jesus."

Brown, who said he has never tweeted and insisted he won't start now, seemed amused by it all. He laughed when informed that Lakers small forward Metta World Peace had weighed in with his own series of tweets: "If I was mike brown [sic] I would bench Metta world peace and bring in Ron Artest" and "If I was mike brown I would bench Ron artest and cut Metta world peace."

The fake Brown account was quickly shut down, though it generated enough followers to give the coach bragging rights in the battle with his son Elijah for social media supremacy.

"I can't wait until I get home because he has a Twitter account and I have someone who follows his Twitter account for me," Brown said. "So he always wants to get all these extra followers. I'm going to tell him I started a Twitter account in three days and had over 800. I'm better than you."

Don't bet on it

Kentucky headed to the Final Four with a handful of players projected to be NBA lottery picks, including potential No. 1 overall selection Anthony Davis.

Former Maryland Coach Gary Williams told a Washington radio station that the Wildcats were formidable enough to defeat the NBA's struggling Washington Wizards in one game on Kentucky's home court.

Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy didn't exactly agree.

"Look, it's absurd," Van Gundy told reporters. "I mean, people will say, 'Oh, Kentucky, you know's, got four NBA players.' Yeah, well, the other team's got 13."

Too bad somebody didn't ask the glib Van Gundy how many Charlotte has.

— Ben Bolch

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