And part of me wants to send him over there.  I mean think about it, we are talking about a player that above almost any other play still in the league today deserves a ring.  He is a perennial all-star he has always represented the league in the best manner, and he continues to play well as an "old man".  

However, I also have a huge loyalty to him and to see a player let alone a person like him go to "The EVIL Empire" hurts. The decision to move Grant Hill falls in the hands of Lon Babby and the Suns front office and of course Hill, who is an unrestricted free agent. A front office who has only guaranteed the security of one aging superstar in Steve Nash.  So what does that mean for an aging small forward who's only dependable upside is his sheer determination to continue and compete.  

Without Grant Hill I truly believe that this Phoenix Suns team will lose their way, without another solid leadership voice on the team who is level headed and has a large basketball I.Q. I think we will have no chance of gelling or going any further than last year.  

With him we have the potential to become a respectable defensive team, add length to our line up, and above all else have a player that can lead the team when Steve Nash sits. I think we can all agree the backup point guard position is up in the air right now and that we don't have a solid bench PG that can keep the team on track when Nash is off the court.  

The Heat have expressed interest in a number of players recently targeting Hill as one of the possible recruiting possibilities along with Battier, Prince and Micheal Redd.

What is frightening is that they have a really good calling card in the BIG TWO Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.  With quality potential backup minutes to Lebron James and a good compliment to Dwyane Wade it will give the Heat much needed depth to their roster allowing them to throw more then just James and Wade at at team all game long.  

Remember Hill was once considered the next Michael Jordan and at times showcases that killer instinct he once had as well as some impressive bouts of physical dominance. 

So in all these fantasies of seeing Grant Hill win a championship I still want to be selfish and see him retire with us.  So Miami...you can't have him, he is ours and we will honor his decision to retire whenever that may be.  I only wish that we could have seen him play more in his prime.  

GRANT HILL AT HIS BEST (via razr33)

Grant Hill Jokes About Block On Bayless (HD) (via SunsDynastyXcom)

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Now this is thinking outside the box.

The league has filed a lawsuit against the player's association, and it's looking more and more like the season will be delayed if not cancelled entirely. The gut reaction is to think of this as entirely negative. I mean, no basketball equals bad, right?

According to Berry Tramel of NewsOK.com, the NBA could actually be better off starting later:

Why does the NBA season always start in late October/early November? Why do the NBA Finals have to be played in June?

 

Wouldn't the NBA be better served with a Dec. 1 tipoff and a July finals?

 

What Tramel suggests, thinking outside the box and turning a disadvantage into an opportunity, is that the NBA fill a sports-fan need in early July by starting and ending the season later. There's nothing big holding the NBA schedule back from starting later and ending later, and television ratings surely could be improved by taking July as it's own form of March Madness. 

In Phoenix, it could mean extended respite from the summer heat, while watching the Suns compete for a Western Conference Title and NBA Championship. 

Tramel keeps running with his idea:

Tip off the season in December, start the playoffs in late May. You could still play the All-Star Game in February, to avoid March Madness, but the trading deadline could move to late March, maybe a Tuesday, and the NBA could muscle in on some of the basketball jones that for decades the colleges have confiscated for March.

Anyone see any big issues with this? Even if this doesn't work, it's an excellent lemons-to-lemonade reminder that in every challenge is an opportunity for design and redesign: for increased revenue, efficiency, and improvement of the sport. 


Mike Prada of SB Nation recently published his 2011 NBA general manager rankings. Unsurprisingly, David Khan of the Minnesota Timberwolves was ranked 30th, while the Miami Heat's Pat Riley tops the list at number 1.

Phoenix fans will not be shocked to see that Prada's review of Suns' GM (or rather decision-maker) Lon Babby was less than glowing as he ended up number 27 on the list.

Prada points out Phoenix center Marcin Gortat and his "very affordable contract as a feather in Babby's cap, while calling the summer signings "disastrous."  The Hedo Turkoglu experiment was a complete failure, and while Babby did a great job turning him into Gortat, Prada is correct in saying Vince Carter was a high price to pay to correct a mistake. Josh Childress has done nothing for Phoenix despite being one of the highest paid players on the team, although many fans still believe he can be a valuable piece for the team.

His comments about Channing Frye, however, are a bit puzzling. Said Prada:

Channing Frye was a somewhat needless re-signing for a team that should have banked his money elsewhere.

That comment appears to be based on the stereotypes that Frye has not been able shake off despite a solid season. Anyone that watched the Suns last year realize how vital Frye was to the team's success. He is no longer the soft, jump-shooting big man many still see him as and he definitely earned his money last year.

There was also no mention of the Jared Dudley extension. Dudley is an integral part of the team and fan favorite, and Babby managed to lock him up on an affordable contract.

Prada does deserve credit for not crucifying Babby for refusing to trade Steve Nash, unlike many other media members.

So what say you Bright Siders? Is Babby too high? Too low? Just right? Feel free to read the rest of the story here and share your thoughts on the other GMs' rankings as well.

[Note by Seth Pollack, 08/07/11 10:03 AM MST ]

As Alex pointed out in the comments, Prada's review is technically incorrect in a few areas. Babby is not the GM and Babby did not officially join the club until after most of the moves listed in the summer of 2010 were made. Of course, Prada is writing for a national audience where such finer points take a back seat to quickly evaluating the team's decisions and results. Babby is the face of the organization and the top basketball executive so he's going to take the hits (and hopefully the credit) for the Suns' results.

I also completely disagree with Prada's assessment of Frye. Channing has become a capable defender and rebounder, especially when he can play the four, and he's an absolutely vital cog in the offense. As long as Steve Nash has primary responsibility for creating points in the paint, Frye is a key guy in the system. He's also a quality guy (like Dudley) who can be trusted to take his big contract and keep working to improve his game.

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