May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) defends against Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Suns Off-Season: Weekly Writers Roundup – June 1st


What do you think of the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the Suns head coach?

Eric- I like it and think it was, when you look at all the underlying factors, one of the better hires the Suns could do. There are about ten teams who needed or need new head coaches to run their programs. Phoenix was one of the first to fill their vacancy and they didn’t continue the recycling of head coaches, but instead went for an assistant with the Utah Jazz.

This hire is good because unlike with an already proven head coach there aren’t any expectations to win right away which will help with the rebuilding process. Also, his demeanor, popularity and history with the city of Phoenix will go a long way in keeping the fans patience during the arduous process of rebuilding.

Matt- I think it’s a good hire, although I was hoping that they’d wait on Brian Shaw. However, Hornacek is a better story considering the fact that he has roots connected with the Suns dating back to the 90′s. I question Hornacek’s experience. Granted he’s had some time under the great Jerry Sloan but he’s still only been an assistant in the league since 2007.

 

How much do you hate the Spurs being in the NBA Finals?

Eric- I really don’t like the Spurs. I respect Duncan a lot, along with the former legend David Robinson and the tight-run ship they keep there in San Antonio. However, I don’t like Manu Ginobili or Gregg Popovich. Partly due to the flopping of Ginobili and the much too serious attitude they play with all the time. I pretty much could have rooted for any team from the West except for this one. The Spurs making the Finals will force me to root for whoever comes out of the East. That hasn’t happened since 2009 when Orlando was facing the Los Angeles Lakers. I think the rivalry is still raging between Phoenix and San Antonio, especially with us beating them on their home court, when their entire roster played, when they were the team with the best record in the NBA.

Matt- I don’t hate it at all. It’s been easier to root for the Spurs for two key reasons. First being that they’re no longer our rivals because we haven’t been on their level as a basketball team since 2010. Secondly they’re the only elite team remaining from the 2000 era. Call me nostalgic or whatever but I still appreciate the great teams from the 2000′s more so than the new and improved Memphis Grizzlies or Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

The Rockets are trying to trade Thomas Robinson to make a run at Dwight Howard. Should Phoenix bite on Robinson?

Eric- I would say no unless some specific criteria are met. Could it help us shed some older players or Michael Beasley? Is the price reasonable? As long as either of those criteria is met and Phoenix isn’t planning on drafting a power forward in late June (Otto Porter) then it would seem like a good idea. However, there is no guarantee we would even get him.

Matt- Call it 40/60. I think it would make a good story considering it would be the reunion for Robinson and the Morris twins. They’re all from Kansas and they’re excellent friends off the basketball court. At the same time it depends on what the Suns would have to cough up in order to get him. If his price tag is at flea market prices, it would be a good gamble.

 

Does Indiana have what it takes to win two games in a row against Miami to make it to the finals?

Eric- With Chris (Birdman) Anderson suspended for game six for shoving Tyler Hansbrough and the game being in Indiana, I think they can and probably will win the game Saturday night. However, unfortunately, I think Miami will come out victorious in game seven on the brilliance and dominance of Lebron James.

Matt- They’ve got a snowballs chance. They match up extremely well against the Heat, but it’s tough to picture them winning game 7 in Miami.

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