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There is a lot of wailing and gnashing (pardon the reference) of teeth over the sign-and-trade of Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"How could we allow him to go?"

"What is wrong with this team management"?

"Nash is gone, turn out the lights, there will never be another basketball game in Phoenix."


This is a professional sport, men get paid to jump and run and shoot baskets, and management sits and counts all the beans we pay to watch the running, jumping and shooting. They are paid sums of money, that by far is too much for running, jumping, and shooting.

One day I'll write about professional athletes way overblown salaries, even for a Libertarian who says let them make as much as they can as long as the rest of us are allowed to make as much as we can.

What drivel, but for the moment we'll let that stand. Hey ball players, make as much as you can. Millions of dollars for six months (season length for a non-playoff team). Live the good life, feel that you are being disrespected when someone only offers you a $10 million raise.

But Back to Steve Nash and your crying. He's a grown man, he's played well for a team that has paid him handsomely for those performances. I think the Suns are wise to end the relationship and they have obtained some important draft choices and cash from the Lakers.

Nash was a great example of what an athlete can be. He never flaunted the money, he never dissed management. Now, it's just time for him to move on. He is far better off.

Instead of crying those huge alligator tears, applaud his move. He now stands a chance of winning a championship, something the Suns may never attain. Cheer for his move. Cheer for the Lakers, who were smart enough to know that Nash might -- if he stays together and his legs don't fall off -- might just put the team in position for a championship.

Stop talking about "where's the loyalty." There is none. It's a business and Suns management made a wise business decision. How many Diamondbacks can you name? Stop! No fair looking at the newspaper.

If you're really smart you'll applaud the Suns management. They didn't disrespect Steve Nash with an offer far below the millions that the Lakers will pay him. They looked at his value in the next few years -- fading years -- and they realized that to pay him enough to keep him would be a waste. There are a number of needs this team can fill with what they would have had to pay Nash to stay.

Hooray, Suns! Smart move.

Steve, we'll miss you, except for those moments when the Lakers come to town. I can hear the thunderous applause now, even as you duck under the flailing hands of some Suns rookie replacing you and stuff the ball, or fake the run and watch as a Suns guard falls on his face thinking he can stop you and you jump for three and get fouled along with the three.

You are one heck of a basketball player and one heck of a man.

$27 million? NO WAY.

Jay Lawrence, Show Host

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