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One thing my friends, that I can promise you with 100 percent confidence is that today is not the last time I will make a dumb joke using the name "Hedo". There are not many things in life that I can guarantee, but this is one of them. 

On to practice reporting. I mean reporting on practice. 

And for once, the big story from practice is actual about practice. This weird day continues.

You might recall (you better recall) that I wrote this morning about Nash's tired legs being the cause for his poor shooting last night against the Spurs. I maintain -- and challenge any of you who disagree to a duel at sunrise -- that Nash HAD to take those shots based on the way the Spurs were insulting him by putting puny Tony Parker on him and staying home on both the shooters and roll men. 

What has made the Nash pick and roll so deadly over the years isn't just the amazing bounce passes or the incredible hands and slams of Amare. Teams were FORCED to double cover Nash rolling off the screen which opened up those passing opportunities. If teams are going to simply follow Nash around the screen and have the big man stay with the screener, then Nash must take those shots to open everything else up. The entire Suns offense depends on Nash taking exactly those shots in those circumstances. 

The problem comes when Nash doesn't make the shots and he didn't last night and he blamed tired legs just 4 games into the season coming off 4 days of rest. WTH!!! 

Here's what Gentry had to say about that.

"I think what we've got to do is that we monitor practice a little bit more with him...I don't think Steve needs to be involved in an hour and a half practice. I think he needs to be involved in about a 40 minute practice. We scrimmage a little bit and keep their timing down but he and J Rich and Grant you know, guys like that, I don't see where they have to be out there 90 minutes in a practice."

If only there was someone Gentry could talk to about limiting Nash's minutes in practice....hmmm. 

OK, that's wasn't fair.

Gentry later said that they've been practicing more here early in the season to build chemistry but there's a plan to fix all that. Gentry said he would flip-flop practices so the scrimmages and timing work was early and he could get his vets off the court and then do more teaching stuff with the younger players in the second half of practice.

Problem. Solved. Right?

As for Hedo (the butt of today's headline joke), if you re-watch the game you will see that the Suns went to him early in the first quarter to get him going and, as Gentry said, to take advantage of mismatches against Blair and Duncan. Hedo didn't hit those early shots and then continued to pass up open three's (a Phoenix Suns Cardinal Sin) later in the game. Benching him in favor of Warrick was simply a matter of riding the hot hand.

Hedo did some things well in the game despite the unfortunate box score. He had his first real finish off a solid roll on a Nash pick and roll. He was the ball handler for several pick and rolls with Frye and even Siler. On his best play, the Spurs switched a pick and roll and Hedo attacked Duncan and drew the foul. 

I still think that in a few months Hedo is going to figure this all out. I like that he's staying late and working on the practice court and reportedly is also coming in at night to get in some extra cardio work. I see the basic skill sets that he brings and the potential of how that fits on the team. He even had a solid steal on Duncan while guarding the "best big man in the universe" in the post.

I think he's getting better each game and eventually will hopefully be decent. In the mean time, the Suns are treading water without him adding much which is a positive sign for things to come if you believe that Hedo will do. I could turn out to be wrong and Hedo could be a bust, but if you're giving up on him already I have two words for you...Goran. Dragic. I am more worried about Steve's legs than Hedo's play.

Some fun links for your afternoon productivity pleasure.

 

  • SUNS: Suns Practice Interviews - Nov. 4, 2010
    Suns.com TV caught up with Alvin Gentry, Goran Dragic and Josh Childress to get their thoughts on the start to the 2010-11 season and what fans can look to going forward.

  • azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Orange Slices - PaulCoro - 3 Suns questions to ponder It is not that the Suns being 1-3 with losses to the 4-1 Blazers, the 5-0 Lakers and the 3-0 Spurs is cause for panic. But there are issues. Otherwise, Coach Alvin Gentry, GM Lance Blanks and owner Robert Sarver would not have been leaving a postgame meeting in Gentry's office at 11:20 p.m. after a 112-110 home loss to San Antonio.
  • Suns shoot cold late to give Spurs victory in Phoenix "We fought for it, didn’t have a great game, but I feel really good about our team" Nash said. "We’re playing hard, we’ve been in every game and we just aren’t quite clicking yet." The strange thing? It looked like they were clicking. But the missing piece was the ability to finish plays, finish defensive matchups and finish the game.
  • Hollins to miss Phoenix game " The Commercial Appeal Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and assistant Johnny Davis will not be with the team for a road game Friday against the Phoenix Suns. They will instead be in Portland, paying their final respects to former teammate Maurice Lucas, who died Sunday at age 58 after a long battle with bladder cancer.
  • Steve Nash Responds to 'Hoax' Published by Phoenix New Times -- NBA FanHouse But whatever the outlet's intentions, someone in charge really needs to take a much closer look at any content that's published on the topic of sports. Because apparently, people see this publication/web site as a legitimate news source of some kind, and take the words that appear upon it as being actual, reported journalism, when it's pretty much the exact opposite.
  • Remembering Luke | Phoenix Suns Blog - Blogs from the Phoenix Suns Organization Luke was just past his prime when the Suns got him from the New York Knicks for another power forward, Truck Robinson, in 1982. Luke was not a prototypical Suns player, as I think of them. The prototypical Suns player, over the years of the team’s existence, has been a graceful, finesse-oriented player, precise and under control, creative and streamlined. I think of Connie Hawkins, Walter Davis, Alvan Adams, Paul Westphal, Larry Nance, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. In some ways, the history of the Suns has been a long quest to find a bona-fide dominant power player to complement those prototypes, and when the Suns have found some good ones (Paul Silas, Charles Barkley, Amar’e Stoudemire), the team has come awfully close to championships.
  • Maurice Lucas – Gentleman Athlete | Phoenix Suns Blog - Blogs from the Phoenix Suns Organization Maurice Lucas was meaner than a junkyard dog with an impacted wisdom tooth. Maurice Lucas was as so soft hearted he wouldn’t hurt even the most annoying fly. No, there weren’t two Maurice Lucases. Trust me, there was only one. And the Suns were fortunate to have him for three of his 12 NBA seasons.


For all those young 'uns out there, I promise to get off my classic '80s movie kick soon. Until then, enjoy the latest edition of Box n' 1 featuring the classic scene from 'Say Anything.'

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Nash's Tired Legs To Blame For Poor Shooting

You might be asking yourself: Self, how does Steve Nash have tired legs 4 games into the season and coming off 4 days rest?

And yourself would answer: I have no clue but I am going to read what he had to say about it anyway.


1-3? 1-3.  The Phoenix Suns are 1 and freaking 3!!!  Guys, this team is just not cutting it.  I don't know what the difference between this team's roster and last year's is, but there's no way we go 1-3 last year.  Anyway, we have problems, and I have solutions.  I have come up with several ideas for how to make this team better than the sucky squad they have been.

Here are some trades and other suggestions that would make us better.  

1. Trade Hedo Turkoglu and Channing Frye to Miami for Chris Bosh.  This trade is the reason the word "obvious" was invented.  It's win-win.  The Suns get a starting power forward with a reputation as a hard inside presence and the Heat get a "starting power forward" and get to keep Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.

2. Move Earl Clark ahead of Turkoglu and Frye in the rotation.  This one is just plain as day.  The Suns have already lost 75% of their games and need a spark.  Earl is IT!  It'll be just like when Max Hall started playing quarterback instead of Derek Anderson.  The Suns need to try anything and everything! In related news, let the Skelton Era begin!

3. Sign Karl Malone or Charles Barkley.  Like I said, I don't know what the difference between this year's team and last year's team is, but the Suns need a true power forward.  Chuck just lost like 97 pounds on P90X or something and Karl Malone has been wearing Skechers shape-ups.  And I think this gives them both the best chance to win a ring instead of shelling out 2 bucks for a raffle ticket to win Ron Artest's.  

After the jump, 5 more sure-fire ways the Suns can become a better team!

 

4. The Phantonio Spuns.  (h/t to waxmonkey) Since we're all joshing like big and little brothers, this would essentially be activating Wonder Twin Powers, where the Spurs are older by like 2 minutes, but still got all the cool stuff like championship rings because they were born first  and mom and dad totally let the Suns juggle knives and eat paint chips because the second ones practically raise themselves.

5. Trade Hedo Turkoglu and Channing Frye to Boston for Kevin Garnett.  This trade is the reason the word "obvious" was invented.  It's win-win.  The Suns get a starting power forward with a reputation as a hard inside presence and the Celtics get a "starting power forward" and get to keep Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.

6. Blame David Stern/The Refs/The Illuminati/The Rain/Rio.  While we're on the subject of the Boston Celtics, THIS WAS RED AUERBACH'S SECRET AND I HAVE NOW REVEALED IT TO YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.  Because simultaneously being an NBA fan and harboring conspiracy theories about the league being rigged is nothing like waking up and sprinting immediately from one's bed into a masonry brick wall every morning.  Also, this is scientificially proven to alter history and make teams better.  9 rings can't be wrong.

7. Spend more money.  And it doesn't matter on what!  New unis, plusher seats, and hell, maybe even a player or two.  The Suns are under the salary cap just like they are every year* because Robert Sarver is a cheap@$$!  They should go down to the Free Agent Store and buy some more better players and draft picks.  If you're not clearly overspending, then you're not clearly trying to win.  If your team is under the salary cap, the terrorists (and the Lakers and Spurs) win.

8. Trade Gani Lawal, Earl Clark, and Garret Siler to Memphis for Marc Gasol.  As long as Michael Heisley is in charge, this is actually possible.

Do you have your own similarly awesome and plausible ways to improve the Suns?  Unleash constructive hell in the comments!

 

*Not true, and hasn't been true since his 1st year of ownership.


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