INDIANAPOLIS -- Phoenix Suns general manager/coach Mike D'Antoni figures he will be a richer man after he sees his old boss -- Bryan Colangelo -- tonight at the Air Canada Centre.
"It will be good. I think he owes us money," D'Antoni said with a smile on the eve of the first Suns-Raptors game since Colangelo jumped ship.
After all, Colangelo received a healthy portion of cash -- about $14 million US -- when he left the Suns to join the Raptors as their new president/GM last month. When Colangelo bolted, the Suns added GM duties to D'Antoni's plate.
D'Antoni and Colangelo, a 17-year Suns employee and an 11-year GM, had an excellent relationship in Phoenix.
"It's too bad (Colangelo left)," D'Antoni said. "Life's like that, but he has got a great opportunity. I'm sure he'll make the best of it. I'm happy for him."
Suns star Steve Nash, Canada's top athlete in 2005, didn't see the Colangelo decision as a distraction.
"I haven't really thought about it," he said when asked about facing Colangelo for the first time tonight. "It's kind of out of sight, out of mind. But I really wish him the best. I want the (Raptors) franchise to do well."
The Raptors won't have to worry about a messy ACC with Colangelo in charge, D'Antoni said.
"He's a neat freak, that's for sure," D'Antoni said. "You'll have a clean arena."