I watch “Project Runway.” Go ahead, laugh, call me what you want, don’t matter. I’m not even gonna pretend like I only watch it with my fiancee: I’m independently addicted to reality competition shows. I’d watch “America’s Next Top Pumpkin-Carver” if someone created it.
Anyway, Heidi Klum‘s “Runway” slogan — One day you are in, and the next, you are out — applies to the NBA just like in the fashion world. Think about how fast ‘Melo fell from The People’s Champ (Dime #25) to a constant subject of criticism. Think about how fast D-Wade fell from the public spotlight between the 2006 championship and the 2007 injuries. Think about how fast Jason Kidd went from the PG everyone wanted on their team to being considered washed-up. Think about how fast Gerald Green and Channing Frye went from franchise building blocks to almost out of the League. And going the other way, how long did it take Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to go from up-and-coming to legit superstar status?
Watching Suns/Rockets last night (before the fight) — with Amare having taken over as the face of the Phoenix franchise and Terry Porter having pumped the brakes on the D’Antoni style — I had to wonder: Is Steve Nash still relevant as an NBA superstar?
Nash is still one of the better point guards in the game; that’s not up for debate. But it wasn’t so long ago that he was universally considered #1, and now he’s dropped considerably. Ask a Raptors fan if they’ve rather have Nash (Canadian hero) or Jose Calderon right now, and you’d be surprised how many would take Calderon. When Amare lit up the Pacers for 49 points last week, Nash had a quiet seven points and six assists; two years ago if Amare had dropped 49, Nash would have rung up at least 15 dimes, right? Last night, Nash had 10 points and three assists. For the season he’s averaging 13 and seven, and when you watch Phoenix play, he’s just not controlling everything like he did during the D’Antoni era.
So is “Steve Nash: Superstar” a closed chapter?