It will certainly be more interesting than the average game between two sub-.500 Pacific Division teams.

The Lakers play in Phoenix on Wednesday in Steve Nash's first time back to face the Suns, whom he represented for 10 years over the course of two stints — winning two NBA MVP trophies. Not only do the Lakers bring in Nash, they bring in the head coach who led the Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2006: Mike D'Antoni.

The Suns are in a rebuilding mode, particularly after parting ways with former D'Antoni assistant Alvin Gentry as head coach and hiring Lindsey Hunter on Jan. 20. Gentry might well wind up with the Lakers next season as a D'Antoni assistant again, but for now the Lakers still go in with a lot that reminds Phoenix of its past success.

"It's a joy to coach somebody like him, without a doubt," D'Antoni said about Nash.