During their contending days as Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000s, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash changed the NBA dynamic with the way he controlled the game on offense, shooting a deadly percentage and firing passes to his running mates that made fans swoon. The 7 Seconds or Less offense inspired imitators, but those imitators lacked an essential ingredient: Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire caught and dunked more of Nash’s quarterback deliveries than any other Sun — the big man could run, catch, and shoot as well as any big in memory.
Congrats to my brother @Amareisreal on a great career! I was lucky to play with you. Enjoy your next chapter.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) July 26, 2016
Knee troubles and no Steve Nash kept Stoudemire from repeating his magic after a trade to the Knicks, where Stoudemire retired this week after 14 NBA seasons. But for those who remember the Suns’ glory days, for that too-brief moment in time Nash to Stoudemire was like Stockton to Malone or Magic Johnson to James Worthy. See video below.