"But New York speaks for itself,'' Nash added. "The Knicks are a storied franchise. Obviously, the mecca of basketball. There are a lot of positives (signing there). I love the city. Obviously, I have a great relationship with Mike D'Antoni. At the same time, I've built a home and career in Phoenix. so the first option is to get this team where it needs to be. And that may entail being here long-term.''
Shaq: "I'm feeling I can play five more years," he said. O'Neal has one year left on his contract with the Suns. (Like the rest of the free world, he is a free agent in 2010.) And until recently, everyone figured that would be the end of the line for one of the most dominant big men to play the game. Yes, heading into this season, the sun seemed to be setting on Shaq. He played an average of only 53 games the last three seasons.
Shaquille O'Neal said D'Antoni tried to work him into his offense last year, but that he is the one that hung back. Now that he is completely healthy, he says he has no doubt that he could excel playing the sort of game D'Antoni plays. "Last year, I didn't want to mess the guys up. I said, 'You do what you do and I'll adjust,' " O'Neal said. "I was only averaging five or six shots. Mike is just a great X's and O's man. You put him with the right guys, and he's a great leader. He'll get it done."