A bit of this and that, Suns style


Grant Hill

Grant Hill

We all lament Grant Hill’s advanced age, but when you watch him on the floor you’d never know he’ll be turning 37 years old before the 2009-10 season starts.

Maybe that’s because of all the years his legs weren’t taking a beating while he fought through his myriad injuries.

TrueHoop posted an interesting list of players who have logged more games than Hill, and who would have thought that Erick Dampier has gotten more burn than G Hill.

Although Nash was fittingly No. 13 in games played last year among active players, after dealing the guy who will be the active leader in games played next season (fellow 37-year-old Shaquille O’Neal), the Suns’ only other elder statesman may not be as “game old” as his birth certificate would dictate.

Winning or fun?

In TrueHoop’s Tuesday Bullets, my story off Nash’s conference call was linked, with Henry Abbott questioning whether there’s anything wrong with Nash wanting to “enjoy his work” at a time in his career when other greats likely would at least test free agency to see if there was something out there that would put him closer to a championship.

One of my readers suggested that Canadians inherently value loyalty more than Americans do, and maybe that has something to do with it, but I really think you can chalk this up to Nash not exactly being your average NBA star (in a good way).

You could argue that the two teams Nash was most linked to, New York and Toronto, aren’t exactly one piece away from a title, so maybe his best shot to win really is in Phoenix.

I don’t feel like Nash meant that he’s content to just bask in the sunshine during his final days in Phoenix, as like Hill he did speak about a sense of unfinished business in the Valley, and he’s such a loyal person that he does indeed want to see this to the end.

We can chat about whether the Suns should have given him that long of an extension another day, but for now you’ve got to say it’s pretty honorable for Nash to stay loyal to an organization that has meant so much to him instead of searching for the shortest route to a championship.

If by some miracle he does end up winning a ring in Phoenix, he will have earned it 100 percent.

Bloggin’ with the GM

Suns GM Steve Kerr took the time to pen a blog entry at Suns.com.

There’s nothing earthshaking in his piece, which mainly just goes over the Suns’ offseason moves. He does not say anything about an Amare contract extension, the one offseason issue yet to be resolved, but then again we know nothing will happen until at least October, so I guess there was just nothing to say.

Kerr writes about the Suns making a transition to youth without blowing up the team, and later writes, “One of the toughest things to do in the NBA is to develop and sustain a winning culture, and you do that with veteran players who teach the younger ones how to win and how to be professional.  I can think of no better people to fill that role than Steve and Grant.”

Maybe Kerr did have a vision for this offseason and followed through with it after all.

@Amareisreal update

For those of you who have not been following @Amareisreal lately, you may not know that, “I’ve officially been named The Good Will Ambassador for the country Sierra Leone by President & friend Ernest Bai Koroma: The Real Movement.”

You also would not have had a chance to let Amare know the answer to this all-important question that we all ponder every day: “If I stay with the Phoenix Suns, will I ever win Chmpionship? What do you think world. Suns fan be true to me. Don’t be biased!! Real Talk!”

If any of you respond, would you let Amare know there would be a better chance of that happening if he didn’t demand a max deal? Thanks in advance.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire

  • http://twitter.com/strebel strebel

    I did respond..

    "@Amareisreal you'll never cause you are too concerned about being the man.. play defense, play with heart.. learn from Grant hill"

    He did not agree… as per his dm to me a bit later.

    I think he is a great player and great to watch.. Many thousands of my dollars have paid for seats at US Airways close to the action to watch him, and Nash et all.

    My "real talk" opinion… his "when I feel like it" defensive intensity is keeping him from a ring. The guy is a proven scoring machine. He can block and alter shots too, he just doesn't do so as often as us fans would like.

    Go SUNS. Grant Hill for Prez in 2016

  • juan garcia

    i agree with michael and amare should go out and prove us all wrong by becoming the player the suns want him to become and the player the rest of the teams can't stop.

  • Ben Dover

    So what did he dm to you strebel

  • http://espn.go.com Brandon

    Hey strebel, how did you send him a message? I'd love to let him know whats on my mind and I'd be willing to bet on the minds of thousands of other Suns fans.

    If he demands a make deal the Suns are sunk, he's not a max deal player because he doesn't play enough defense and isn't a leader yet. Put the ego aside and show us, your teammates, and the league.

    Besides, if he didn't take a max deal the Suns could get another key playor. I'm not a Spurs fan at all but look at Duncan, when he was in his prime and even now at times he plays better than Amare. I'm pretty sure he never demanded a max deal. Thats why he has 4 rings and Parker, and Ginobli backing him up.

  • Michael

    yea if he didnt demand a max deal they just MIGHT be able 2 afford another key player that can push them over the hump. not any HUGE names or anything, just somethin average

  • Mzz

    Duncan is making $20,598,704 for 2009. That is pretty max! Stat is an amazing scorer, and has gotten better every year. With time he will grow up and grow into more of a leader. Dirk used to be just like Stat, and now he is a leader.

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