The Suns have long been associated with the "Seven Seconds or Less" offense that Mike D'Antoni brought in when he was hired as head coach. That has become synonymous with the Suns.
Since D'Antoni was let go, there have been several coaches trying to bring a different tact and add a little defense to the team to get them over the top. It worked to some extent in 2010 when the Suns reached the Western Conference Finals in a strange renaissance for Steve Nash and Jason Richardson and a final hurrah for Amar'e Stoudemire in the Valley of the Sun.
As the pieces of those glory days in the Suns have moved on, however, the Suns have gotten serious about playing defense. Steve Nash decided to leave Phoenix, feeling a rebuild was coming and Alvin Gentry was determined to build a team based more on defense with the pieces he had remaining. He was clearly the key to the offense.
Now Phoenix is somewhere new -- figuring out how to score once again.
Still reputation preceded the Suns and ...