Originally Posted by Frank Foley
If you think his fanbase in Phoenix is huge, then what do you think his Canadian fanbase will be like? There's literally only one Canadian NBA team, and there's only one prominent NBA player. Most of the Canadian fans I know root for Toronto mildly, but they cheer for Steve Nash maniacally. And that's including people in Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Those of you saying Toronto is overpaying are missing the point. They're completely prepared to have Nash age into a withered husk during that final year (maybe even two years), because they figure the renewed interest, legitimacy, and revenue Nash will generate at the beginning of his contract will more than pay for it. Their intent from the outset was to blow away the competition's bids, because only offering a little extra per year might not have cut it. Hence the exorbitant offer, and the personal message from Wayne Gretzky, and the personal Canadian bikini massage team, or whatever the hell else they promised.
And those of you saying you'll lose respect for Nash taking the bigger money are either being cynical or overidealistic. Offer any rational human being the choice between a 36 million dollar contract and 3-to-9 million dollar contract, and he'll almost always take the extra 27 to 33 million dollars, irrespective of context. And so would you.
If you're not a millionaire, it's tempting to say, "He's made more than enough money in his career," but that's not how people generally act. There's a reason why billionaires hide their money in off-shore tax shelters, even though they have "more than enough." There are reasons why Steve Jobs' salary at Apple was 99.99999999999999999% paid in stock options. There's a reason why Kobe won't entertain any thoughts of cutting his salary, even though it's making it hell for Mitch et al. to build a team around him. And it's not (just) because they're greedy assholes.
I understand where you are coming from FF, but it's certainly a debatable issue.
What is going to haunt him the rest of his life is people talking about him never winning a championship, every time his name is mentioned it will be there as if it is a part of his name. Anything you can do to avoid that, you need to do.
I don't know if you or how many of us on here have been on a championship team at any level but I can say from personal experience that it is something you never forget and something that never gets old, whether as a player or a coach, even if you win 100 titles, it doesn't get old.
IMO, it's worth much more than any amount of money, for Nash to not even attempt to join a team with a shot is a reflection on how much he really cares about winning......If he doesn't get one he will live to regret it.
IMO, money is not everything, I understand that to some people it is....again it is about preference.
My biggest point about Toronto's offer is that I do not believe there is another team that would offer more than $6 million per year for 3 years...not with the current CBA, not at his age. They are ensuring that their team will be nothing more than a novelty. They could have blown away the competition at $8 million per year for 2 years.
Me personally would go for the championship and not even briefly consider the money.