PHOENIX -- Like the uniforms, most of the players are different.
The head coach -- along with his promised offensive philosophy -- is also new, albeit still tremendously familiar.
Whats the next change we can expect from the Suns? Well, theyve hired an assistant coach whose main focus last season was the defensive maneuvers of the Boston Celtics. And the C's ranked sixth in defensive efficiency last season. They also were way ahead of the Suns in several other stopping-the-other-team categories.
So the Suns have ticked the defensive box in their voluminous makeover, right? Well, lets hold on a minute.
"Its not necessarily what we did in Boston," said Mike Longabardi, the new Suns assistant coach with a big defensive lean. "Some things that worked there wont work here."
Actually, Boston isnt even Boston anymore. Without Kevin Garnett and his middle-linebacker approach to directing the Celtics lane-crowding concepts (not to mention the loss of that bordering-on-hoarse encourageme...