Nash, others look good in their new digs

Updated: November 16, 2004, 12:32 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
American novelist Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book entitled "You Can't Go Home Again." His argument was that once the door to an era closes, it could never be opened again.

Steve Nash is about to learn that the hard way Tuesday night in Dallas. Nash returns for the first time to face the Mavericks, a team he walked away from this summer when the Phoenix Suns made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Nash's leaving closed an era in Dallas and opened a new one in Phoenix. Are both teams better off after the switch? The Mavs, who many thought would sink in the West without Nash pushing the ball, are off to a 7-1 start.

The Suns, who were the worst team in the West last season, now lead the league in scoring, thanks in large part to Nash's brilliant leadership in the early going.

Nash isn't the only one who can't go home again. A number of stars, including Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Carlos Boozer and Kenyon Martin, moved on this summer, hoping that a change of scenery would write a brighter, happier chapter to their careers.

How have they fared? And how have their replacements filled their shoes? Insider takes a look . . .

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer