Everywhere he turned, Steve Nash encountered plenty of images that brought back nostalgic feelings.

In what marked the first time Nash faced his former team since mutually departing this past offseason, the Phoenix Suns played a rousing video tribute for the Lakers guard. Picture frames of Nash remain plastered on the walls here at US Airways Center with other notable Suns, including Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle. Suns fans mostly gave Nash loud cheers during starting lineup introductions.

"It's exciting really," Nash said, "just because this place is special for me."

Those feel-good vibes sharply contrasted to what the Lakers actually experienced on the court. The Lakers' 92-86 loss Wednesday to the Phoenix Suns suddenly prompts questions on whether their three-game winning steak will prove to be nothing more than a mirage.

The Lakers have lost eight consecutive road games and are 5-16 overall. That hardly sounds promising as the Lakers (20-26) played the first of a seven-game trip.

The team's sloppiness also contrasted with the video images showing Nash making nifty passes and clutch shots en route to two MVP awards and five NBA playoffs appearances.

Not that Nash sounded particularly eager to duplicate the fast-paced offense he provided through 10 seasons with the Suns (1996-98, 2004-12). He had other concerns.