PHOENIX -- Alvin Gentry assumed the responsibility of carrying 1-year-old Matteo into the Phoenix Suns' locker room on Monday afternoon.
The Suns' head coach seemed happy to do it. Well, he sort of owed the kid's dad a favor.
Matteo's old man is Steve Nash, and the veteran point guard did Gentry a solid by carrying his team down the home stretch of a 102-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors. This well-timed triumph prevented the Suns from sliding even closer to scary territory. Now 2-3 after eight days of the post-lockout campaign, the Suns could have steamed into a 1-4 beginning and threatened the season-opening 1-5 calamity recorded by the franchise's 2006-07 edition.
That squad, it should be noted, rallied to finish 61-21 and win the Pacific Division, something any heroic uprising from Nash -- who scored 9 of his game-high 21 points during the last 2:25 -- will have a really tricky time duplicating.
So rather than seizing yet another marketing-departm...