PHOENIX The Suns are pretty close to set. Coach Alvin Gentry not only named his starters on Monday no surprises there but also identified his reserve rotation before an exhibition victory over Sacramento. It makes sense to give a new brand-new group a degree of continuity early on.
Do not be fooled. The Sunswill be a work in progress, even into the early season. Three-fifths of the starting lineup is new, forwards Luis Scola and Michael Beasley and point guard Goran Dragic. Scola and Dragic have some familiarity after playing together in Houston the last two seasons, but that is about as far as it goes.
Holdover center Marcin Gortat, who benefitted so greatly from Steve Nash's magicianship at the high pick-and-roll game, must find new ways to score.
If there was a position up in the air when training camp opened, it was the off guard, where Jared Dudley and Shannon Brown were in competition. Dudley, who has improved his scoring average in each of his last two seasons with the ...