PHOENIX -- First-year Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair knows he's not expected to be Steve Nash. He's right, but that doesn't mean he won't try to be.
With the NBA's schedule shortened and condensed by the lockout, Telfair's role as backup point guard takes on an amplified importance, particularly in the Suns' fast-paced offense.
For years now, the Suns have been among the NBA's top offensive teams, playing an up-tempo style heavy on transition play and pick-and-rolls. So just how important is a point guard in Phoenix?
"It's the most important position," said Telfair, 26. "The ball is in your hands. (This system) is really good for point guards who love to have the ball in their hands and control the game."
Given that, the Suns are pretty well set with Steve Nash. But Nash is now 37 and has battled nagging injuries the past two seasons. With the schedule the way it is this season, he'll need to be spelled more often.
"Depth is going to be really important, whether it'...