Now, the Lakers can feel like the center of the N.B.A. universe again, at least for a day while the free agency scramble becomes all about them swiping Nash from the Suns and out from under the Knicks. As , they can marvel at their good fortune after having been an afterthought in the Big Three era and even striking out with Deron Williams and James Harden. Adding Nash feels like a blast from the past and predicts great fun ahead, while the Lakers just put themselves back into contention for another run at Showtime.
It does leave the Knicks in a bit of a lurch, what with Jeremy Lin and the Nets having convinced Williams to move to Brooklyn with them. But no one feels worse than Phoenix fans, who took this news like a punch in the gut, . that he thought Nash would be different from the garden-variety superstar fleeing to the land of purple and gold for a last shot at a ring.
Suns fans, though, could have a lot of miserable company if they joined a chat room with N.H.L. fans from Nashville and New Jersey, who were just ditched by defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise in hockey’s biggest coup, which was just pulled off by the Minnesota Wild. In one day, they went from a forgettable franchise to a potential superpower, , which means they will be worth watching for the first time in their 12-year history, as . Yes, this was the franchise seemingly intent on proving goals weren’t actually necessary to the game of hockey (thanks, Jacque Lemaire!) and all you needed was a nice arena and fans with enough patience to make Job look like a whiner. The odds of General Manager Chuck Fletcher turning this around in one day were so steep, , but his gamble paid off handsomely, .
It does appear that Parise and Suter worked together to make this happen, although as , all comparisons to LeBron James end there. Both players said all the right things about the franchises they ditched, and , the Devils’ murky financial situation was not lost on Parise, making it even harder to blame him for hitting the door.
With those big free agency moves in the book, we can turn our attention back to Wimbledon, where , as does the great British hope Andy Murray. Of course, Murray’s game face is decidedly less fierce and has a tendency to turn into a pout at about this point in major tournaments. He is still carrying around the weight of the empire, as , his over David Ferrer landing him in the semifinals again. This is now mostly a matter of Murray taking advantage of Rafael Nadal having bowed out early, , but this is the point in the story of the story where Murray usually ends up dejected and scowling. This business of being the great hope is not a warm and fuzzy one, .
For a day, the market on warm and fuzzy feelings seems to be cornered by the Lakers. Feel free to join their nostalgic bliss.
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