This is how it was supposed to be.
Canadian national hero Steve Nash returns to his native country in the twilight of his career, chasing the dreams of a championship that has eluded him for sixteen years. Welcomed warmly by his fellow countrymen, he would be the toast of the provinces.
Sunday that's exactly what will take place at the Air Canada Centre.
However, there's something wrong with this picture: He was supposed to be a Toronto Raptor. Instead, the point guard returns to his home country in the purple and gold of the Lakers. He'll still be treated as a conquering hero, but it won't be quite the same.
During the summer, it seemed like a done deal; Nash taking 36 million for the next three years to try and revive pro basketball in Toronto, then possibly move into the Raptors' front office. He's already the General Manager of Canada Basketball, and he probably could have added the title of Raptors GM to his executive resume. But after flirting a bit with the New York Knic...