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Suns inducting Steve Nash into Ring of Honor

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 12: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at US Airways Center on March 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Suns fans surely weren’t thrilled when Steve Nash left for the Lakers, but they gave him a standing ovation in his return to Phoenix.

As Nash and the Lakers fell way short of expectations and the Suns exceeded them, it became even easier for Phoenix fans to appreciate Nash.

They’ll have another opportunity in a couple months.

Suns release:

The Phoenix Suns will induct two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Steve Nash, into the Suns Ring of Honor on Friday, October 30, at halftime of the Suns-Portland Trail Blazers game

Nash will become the fourteenth member of the Suns Ring of Honor, joining Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, John MacLeod, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal, as those who have received the Suns highest honor.

That’s a pretty big ring of honor, and Nash comfortably warrants inclusion.

A two-time MVP with the Suns, Nash was the catalyst of Mike D’Antoni’s revolutionary up-tempo spread offense. Nash pushed the pace, found open teammates in highly efficient areas and shot incredibly well himself. Those Phoenix teams were good enough to win a title. They just happened not to.

Nash is an all-time Suns great, maybe the franchise’s best player ever. This is only the start of honors he’ll receive in retirement.