Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/10/12
This is the time of year and type of issue that defines the quality of an NBA coaching staff. On its surface, the situation seems, well, splendid. According to reports, Grant Hill has been cleared to resume playing duties for the Phoenix Suns. The veteran small forward has been out of the lineup since March 25, due to a meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery. Although the Suns' current road gauntlet -- the next stop is Memphis on Wednesday -- ends in Texas with games in Houston on Friday and San Antonio on Saturday, the 39-year-old Hill might wait until Monday's home game with Portland to make his return. With a realistic shot of barging into the Western Conference's elite playoff eight by regular season's end, having his best individual defender available seems like quite a bonus for Coach Alvin Gentry. But sliding a key player back into a rotation that's been flowing smoothly is no picnic for any coach. "Coaching up" a short-handed squad often is easier -- from ...
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