I was not a big advocate of the deal for Shaq, I said it as soon as I heard the news. I realize that Marion & Amare could not co exist and a change needed to occur but instead of go after an aging Shaq who has maybe one or two more productive years they should have stock piled some draft picks and gotten a player like Haslem in the deal from the Heat. Yes the Suns were trying to win a championship this year but in such a deep western conf was not going to happen with the addition of a beat up and aging Shaq. The Lakers were very smart and brought in an all star in Gasol that is in his prime to go alongside Kobe. If the Suns don’t make some serious moves this off season they could see themselves on a rapid decline.
First of all D’Antoni needs to move on and that is going to happen. His style is not suited for winning a championship. It is a fun style to watch for the fans but his teams are not defensive minded and they tend to make numerous mistakes in important games, case in point the last game against The Spurs with several key turnovers late in the 4th quarter. The Suns need to bring in a coach that will allow them to fast break and get out and run but at the same time play a physically tough and methodical style that will wear on a team much like what the Spurs have done in winning their titles. The Spurs are not a pretty team to watch nor are The Pistons, but guess who has been winning titles the past 5-7 years.
One major move to consider which will not be popular with Suns fans is trading Steve Nash to an eastern conf team in exchange for one or two good young players as well as a # 1 & #2 draft pick so they can start to get younger and deeper now rather than later. I truly don’t think this team is built to win achampionship especially with the Rise of The Hornets and Lakers, and very good teams like The Jazz, Rockets, and Mavericks. Nash is 33 and probably will only play another two seasons especially with his nagging back injury. You build the team around Amare and start to get some solid young talent in that will not sit on the bench but play right away.
I like Diaw and Barbosa to go along with Amare but I figure Shaq plays one more season and then they are back to not having a big body again to control the paint and being a soft team. I can go on and on about this but the Suns got much older and rickety when Shaq joined them to go along side an aging Nash, and Grant Hill. If they could somehow trade up in the draft to get Derrick Rose, the point guard out of Memphis who is coming out early and who I think is going to be a super star like Chris Paul for the next ten years that would be a great move for the Suns. Is it a long shot to pull off, Yes it is but these are the kind of things that the Suns need to look at doing right now rather than relying on the current group they have in place as they will only go as far as MAYBE the first round again next season. it is time for The Suns to regroup and reload to keep up with the fierce western conf! Kerr are you listening??
I sure hope so..