It’s been an interesting offseason for our Phoenix Suns this year. With the resigning of Grant Hill and the acquisition of Channing Frye, the Suns now have the components to fully commit to their former style of running opponents into the ground. Meanwhile, Shaq, while great for ticket sales, clearly did not mesh with Steve Nash and the run n’ gun philosophy that made the Suns successful and was shipped off to Cleveland. It also brings an end to the argument of whether GM Steve Kerr is a moron or a genius. Sorry Stevie, moron be thy name. Shawn Marion, it seems, was lost for nothing but cap relief. Don’t worry, rookie mistake, you get one more chance before you’re fired. Or in Isiah Thomas’ case, eighteen more chances and 120 million dollars to throw away. But back to the present. Shaq may have only averaged 8 or so boards/game, but he did a good job of using his behemoth of a body to ensure that the opponent’s bigs didn’t rebound the ball either and while Frye is an excellent pickup, he’s got about as much presence inside as a twizzler stick. Combined with Lopez (who has yet to discover the offensive end of a basketball court), opponent’s bigs will once again torment the Suns. I also have concerns about the bench. Compared to D’Antoine, Alvin Gentry did an amazing job last year in developing his bench by in large to one major factor… he played them. Still, there is no one besides Barbosa who has proven consistent, and as young as they are, I don’t see that changing much in one year. So! Let’s recap. It looks like the Suns are back to their running ways. Don’t be surprised if you see some ridiculous blowout wins as well as some bad losses to poor teams. Since the Suns have always proven a great regular season team, I project them as a 5th or 6th seed next year. Unfortunately, as the game slows down in the playoffs, they will once again lose in the first or second round. All in all, expect a regular season that’s fun and drama free and even inspires dreams of championship aspirations, but be weary Suns fans. When the playoffs kickoff, so will reality, and the fact remains that the Suns don’t have a ray of hope to win.