Steve Nash: Every team can use Jeremy Lin

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Whenever someone quickly rises to the top, there is a select few who believe it's an aberration.

Around the league, there are NBA scouts who believe Jeremy Lin wouldn't do what he's doing if it weren't for Mike D'Antoni's point guard-friendly, pick-and-roll system. And there are players who believe they would just have as much success as Lin if they had been given the same opportunity in that system.

But two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash of the Suns thinks Lin is not only a talented player, but he could thrive in any offense.

"I think [the Knicks] is a good system for him, but I think every team can use a point guard like him," Nash, who spent four seasons playing for D'Antoni, said Saturday morning. "I don't think it's because of the system. I think it's a good system for him, but I think he'd be good anywhere he played the game."

Nash said he hasn't had a chance to talk to Lin yet -- "hopefully one of these days," he said -- but he's been moved by the undrafted player's journey.

"It's amazing. He's a great story," said Nash, whose Suns don't face the Knicks again this season. "It's a great story for the league. I think it's phenomenal that it happened in the media capital of the world in a desperate team with a desperate fan base. It's just a beautiful thing to see somebody come out of nowhere to most people and shine the way he has."

Sunday night at the Amway Center, Nash will be playing in his eighth All-Star Game -- and it might not be his last, even though he's 38 years old. Former Jazz point guard John Stockton played like an All-Star reserve up until he was 40, but Nash has been more effective than Stockton offensively at the same age. In fact, Nash said he feels good and doesn't have any plans to hang up his sneakers after this season.

But Nash admitted he has a greater appreciation for being selected to All-Star Game this year than previous times.

"I think when you're young, it'll never end but when you get older, you realize you're not going to play forever," Nash said. "To be recognized and to be a part of this is a great weekend, and to be amongst all these great players, it's pretty special."

What's also been pretty special is Lin drawing comparisons to Nash for his pick-and-roll ability, patience around screens, kick-out passing and off-balanced fallaways inside the paint. After a practice about a week ago at the Knicks' training facility, Lin said he would be honored to take advice from Nash.

Amare Stoudemire, in fact, said he could probably arrange a meeting.

Nash hosts his annual "Showdown in Chinatown" soccer event in New York City this summer to benefit his charitable foundation. Perhaps that conversation will happen then, if not sooner.

Nash doesn't want to wait.

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