PHOENIX -- Reality check, please.
"It's going to take time. It won't happen overnight."
Those words were supplied by Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, who was addressing another inquiry regarding the vigorously attempted upgrade in his team's defense.
Using Alvin's comment as a template, let's go ahead and pencil in several days -- or even weeks (months?) -- before the Suns' ability to shut down the opposition causes them to be mistaken for the 2008 Boston Celtics. OK, now that we're reminded that baby steps are required before running into a defensive revolution, let's take a look at other ways this year's squad can, well, rise.
Let's see. Well, unless Terry Porter's around, we can rest assured the Suns will be pretty good on offense. What's that? Oh, right. The 40-42 Suns from last season were little more than decent on offense. Forget about the points-per-game ranking (fourth, at 105.0, by the way). What matters considerably more is offensive efficiency, and last year's S...