When Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL, everyone not from Philadelphia let out a collective: “Aaaawww.”
Rose is a player that has done nothing to deserve hate, and has quietly pursued excellence to try to return his city to its once glorious form. He gives consistently back to his community, a community that has not seen a single banner since you-know-who re-retired in 1998. Apparently, in the NBA, no good deed goes unpunished. Just as it seemed the Bulls were going to make a major splash in the postseason and topple the Mighty Miami Heat, down went Derrick. The Bulls went on to lose in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers, as all of Chicago wondered if the basketball gods had it out for them. Fear not Chicago. I have a plan to save your title hopes, deepen your roster, increase Rose’s abilities, and possibly bring home a banner.
His name is Steve Nash. Almost everyone has Free Agent Nash going to the Knicks or Heat, teams in need or a permanent solution at point guard. While he would be an excellent addition to either roster, how long could Steve Nash play? A year? Two years? The last thing the Bulls need is a permanent solution to the point guard problem. Derrick Rose is arguably the best in the league, and is still young enough where his injury will not spell doom for his career. And although youth may be an advantage, it can prove to lead to inexperience. Imagine what Rose could learn from Steve Nash! If the Bulls sign Nash for the veteran minimum, I have a hard time seeing what either Nash, or the Bulls have to lose. Nash is a household name, NBA veteran with a 16-year career, yet 0 rings to show for it.
The 2 time NBA MVP and 8 time All-Star also seems to have discovered the fountain of youth. Despite the fact Nash is 37 years old, he still averaged a double-double for the season in points and assists. I understand that Rose is more of a scoring point guard while Nash has a pass-first instinct. But even without Rose, Chicago is not short on talent. With wily veteran Rip Hamilton and determined big-man Joakim Noah roaming the floor, Nash will have no problems finding anyone to dish to. If all goes perfectly, Nash holds down the fort while Rose recovers and returns in time for the playoffs.
And if worse comes to worse, is Nash able to carry the team through the postseason? Absolutely! This is eerily similar to what Danny Ainge tried to do last season for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics had a starting player down (Kendrick Perkins), but knew he would be back for the playoffs, then signed a veteran player on the last legs of his career (Shaq) to take over for a little while. If the Bulls follow this model, they can’t miss. Rose is predicted to be out for at least 8 to 12 months. In all honesty, Nash’s career may only last another 8 to 12 months. Really, this is a deal that makes sense for both parties. Nash wants to win a title before he retires. The Bulls may be one good, temporary point guard away from a title. You can thank me during the parade Chicago, this was a match made in basketball heaven.