PHOENIX — Breathe easy Phoenix, Steve Nash isn’t going anywhere. At least not if coach Alvin Gentry has anything to say about it. “Steve’s not going to be traded; that I can tell...

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Trade Nash? What are you, nuts? Are you out of your f$%king mind? ARE YOU COMPLETELY BAT SH*T CRAZY!!!

That's pretty much the tone with which Alvin Gentry responded when asked about the Steve Nash trade speculation. He really couldn't have been more clear right up to the point of saying if Nash goes, he's going with him.

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Phoenix Suns Insist Steve Nash Trade Chatter Is Bogus - SB Nation Arizona
"Have you looked at the way he's playing? He's playing at a real high level. Why would we trade him? I don't understand that. That's not anything that's been discussed here. You guys want to write about it, fine. But you're wasting your time, I think. It's not going to happen."

There's more there, of course, including Nash saying he's not heard anything about this and thinks it's just "chatter," along with Gentry calling out the national media. Fun.

On to the team you go to war with, not the team you wish you had.

"I think Robin's still trying to get back to his best, physically. He's not moving the same as he did last year. He's not covering the same amount of ground and it takes time," Nash (still here) said.

The bottom line is what we've all seen. Lopez is just not the same guy. Here's what Robin has to say about that.

"I think I'm not quite as explosive as I was last season. I need to get back to that, but I also kind of need to figure out how to play not being quite as explosive."

Robin says it's just part of the rehab process and that he expects it to come back, eventually. But his focus now is figuring out how to play with the body he has, not the body he wished he had. Clearly, that's a struggle for him that he admits even contributes to some of the fouls he's picking up, as he's a step slow on his rotations.

Other than that, Gentry's focus remains on turnovers and rebounding. The turnovers are a matter of getting used to each other and some guys trying to do things they aren't accustomed to doing and trying to win the game themselves. 

"The fact that we're in a game that we give up 31 points off turnover is amazing in itself. We've just got to make sure we're making good, solid decisions and the turnovers have got to be in the 12 to 14 range, not the 20 range," Gentry said.

The rebounding is a harder issue, of course, as we knew it would be. Gentry and Nash both talked about just doing a little better. Maybe one or two more per person. 

Asked if the personnel made it more difficult, Gentry wanted no part of that excuse.

"It can't be personnel because we've got who we got. We are who we are. We're going to play with who we have and so we have to get better in that area."

A few minutes later, he did say it wasn't fair to blame Hedo for not being able to rebound with the big power forwards he's assigned to. 

So, you know, they are who they are and who they are is going to get hurt on the glass some nights. Period.

Audio (hear for yourself):

One last tidbit. Robin was doing some extra work with Siler and Lawal. He missed an 8-foot hook shot and shouted, "Scheisse!"

First time I've heard him use a German curse word, which just goes to show you, he's constantly learning and developing his skill set.

Happy (early) Veterans Day everyone and thanks your service (if you served).


Time to bench Hedo and start Hakim?

Since we are on the topic of making wholesale changes to the team just 7 games in...ugh.

Also, if you've not yet read this about Grant Hill's post-hoops career, you are missing out.


Discounting his solid performance against the Lakers [in a loss I might add], Robin Lopez has been non-existent this young season. A lot was expected of him based on his solid improvement last year. This was a that looked like he was destined to play with Taylor Griffin in Venezuela, but turned himself into  someone that actually has a chance at being a starting center in this league. 

While I am not lost on the fact that we are only seven games into the season, I am still concerned with his lack of play. Sure, he could use his back as an excuse. Or he could claim that he isn't in great shape right now. However, I don't believe that those are acceptable responses to his pitiful play. He has had plenty of time to recover from his injuries and get back into shape.

I am sure I will hear how back injuries are difficult [one ended my career BTW, so I am very familiar]. Yet I am more concerned that if his injuries are plaguing him, the Suns have a real problem on their hands. Like it or not, the Suns need Lopez to produce more than they need anyone else. He NEEDS to rebound and defend the post. He needs to be able to pick and roll without turning it over. He needs to be effective. But he is not.

For now, it is my opinion that he needs to be on the bench as a message to him. I am fairly certain that he is the type of player that a good benching will ignite a fire within his belly. For now, Frye or Warrick needs to start and Lopez should have to earn his way back. 

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