Liao Ce wrote:You're right about Nash and Amare were an unstoppable offensive force. But I wouldn't compare it to Stockton / Malone. They were both great on both ends of the floor. I think Stocktons still the all-time steal leader, isn't he?
Stockton was definitely a better defender than Nash, but I would say that Amare provided better defense (only in general) than Malone. I would take his much better offensive game and shoddy defense over Malone any day. Stockton was simply special (he was the king of flopping before it became popular too
Liao Ce wrote:If the Suns are your favorite team, this might be a sensitive topic. But I don't see them being a playoff team for a few years. Unless they can pull in a great free-agent this summer. That's always possible.
I think what PHX needs is an athletic defensive player. Gerald Wallace kind of guy. Wallace, Iguodala... that kind of athletic defensive minded guy to add to the roster. I think loosing Matrix (Marion) was just as important as loosing Amare... call me crazy, but he can play both ends well. He made a fool out of LeBron in the finals. They are missing him for sure.
I completely agree with you. After they lost to the Lakers a few years ago in the West finals, it seemed like the owner decided he'd rather kill and resurrect the team rather than build on. I almost cried when I heard they traded Marion several years ago. In fact, Marion was the only reason I cared that the Mavs won because I cheered for him. But, most people wouldn't have argued with the prospect of getting Shaq for Marion and a few others (I believe). He did provide a bit extra but, it still wasn't enough to beat the Spurs.
The Suns need a scoring 2-Guard and a true power forward to replace Amare. Gortat is a good play at center. I think they should have kept Richardson as well.
LeBron can be made to look like a fool by a few. Marion doing that to LeBron wasn't new though, as he did the same thing to the much taller Dirk several times in the playoffs as a Sun. Marion was an awesome slash scorer and great defender. Now he's a decent scorer and a great defender.
(I don't get angry over someone telling the truth about a team I like, so you won't bother me.