Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash considers himself “very lucky” after his hometown crowd chanted his name and gave him a standing ovation in what could have been his last game ever with the Suns, according to ProBasketballTalk.
“It was obviously amazing to get that type of reception and support,” Nash said. “It’s very special. It’s not something I asked for or imagined, and to get that type of spontaneous reaction … It’s authentic, the relationship that I thought we had. It really feels special and the fans have been phenomenal and it really meant a lot to me to play in a city like this for as long as I have to feel important to the fans and the community, I just feel like a very lucky guy.”
“I must admit, I’m not the most sentimental person in the world,” he said. “It’s something I shy away from more than try to soak it up and get emotional. To be honest I really didn’t get a chance to think about it. If this were to be my last game, it’ll be a night I remember and it’ll be an important night for me, but I didn’t get a lot of moments to put that in perspective because we were playing for our lives last night. And coming back in the middle of the night and getting the kids from school and stuff like that, it’s not like you have a lot of time to try and sit around and put your career in perspective.”
Nash, 38, will become a free-agent following this season and it is unknown whether the two-time Most Valuable Player will return to the Suns.
Nash scored eight points and had seven assists on the night. This season he averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game.