DALLAS _ Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash has been playing this season with a very heavy heart.
Nash and his wife, Alejandra Amarilla, are in the process of getting a divorce. The former Dallas Mavericks All-Star and Amarilla got married in June of 2005 and have been separated for several months.
In a statement released to Life & Style magazine, Nash said: "After five years, we are now in the process of dissolving our marriage. While we have lived separately for the past several months, we remain firmly committed to raising our children in the most positive, nurturing way possible.
"I want only good things for Ale going forward. Right now I'm focused on ensuring that our children understand how much they're loved and adored by us as they continue to adjust to these changes. I would ask that their privacy, and ours as a family, be respected as we move forward.''
Nash and his wife have a set of twin daughters, Lola and Bella, who were born on Oct. 14, 2004. They also have an infant son, Matteo Joel, who was born this past Nov. 12.
Asked after Friday morning's shootaround if Nash is OK witheverything going on in his personal life, Suns coach Alvin Gentry said: "That I can't answer. I just know that he comes and he's a professional and he's prepared to play, and play at a high level for his job, and that's my concern.''
-- Dwain Price