Steve Nash Inducted to Suns Ring of Honor
There were more grown men with tears in their eyes than at your average funeral. This was not a somber event though, no, this was the most uplifting moment Suns fans have witnessed in years. Two-time MVP Steve Nash was inducted into the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor last night at halftime of the Suns vs. Blazers game.
Entering the newly named Talking Stick Resort Arena, it was apparent this was no ordinary night. A sea of #13 jerseys piled into their seats excited to see their old friend Steve again. The Suns played a solid first half taking a six point lead into the locker room, but the show was only about to begin.
The crowd erupted as the likes of Walter Davis, Charles Barkley, and Dan Majerle strolled onto the court to welcome their peer Steve into their Ring of Honor. Nash’s friends and family followed in to create the setting for the festivities.
The legendary Al McCoy took over the microphone and went on to introduce Jerry Colangelo, who as Chairman of the NBA Hall of Fame, informed Nash that he “will be a first ballot electee”, which brought the fans to life, filling the arena with chants of “MVP! MVP! MVP!”
Coach Mike D’Antoni was the next to speak and was quick to address Nash’s parents, letting them know he was glad “you guys got together”. D’Antoni also gave Nash his customary bow, like he did after every game, and thanked him for being not only a great player, but a great guy.
After a very well done, emotion inducing career highlight video, it was time for the man himself to address his long-time fans. Admitting that he didn’t prepare a speech and had received “a lot of drinks the last couple hours” (I’m putting the blame on Sir Charles) Nash went on to cordially thank his parents, family, friends, coaches, teammates, team staff, and of course, the fans.
As Suns fans, we should be thankful for everything Nash did for the Suns franchise and the city of Phoenix as a whole. Franchise players like Nash don’t come around often, and the sense of appreciation in the arena made that very evident. Last night was the perfect ceremony for our friend, Steve Nash. Even though his entire career was not spent in Phoenix, he will always be remembered as a Phoenix Sun. So as we wait for our next Ring of Honor inductee to land in Phoenix, let’s remember all the great things Steve Nash did for the Phoenix Suns.