Found December 16, 2011 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
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...
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Steve Nash and the Suns appear content to let the season play out and not focus on the future yet.
Something about filling a 5,000-seat Grand Canyon University Arena with local fans makes the Phoenix Suns play better in an intrasquad scrimmage, even though the result was as predictable as ever -- a win for the team with Steve Nash.
In addition to the big brains on their basketball staff, the Phoenix Suns have the benefit of entering this lockout-inflicted season with a coach on the floor.
And it's not Steve Nash. Well, it sort of is, but not literally. For the record, I also wasn't referring to Grant Hill or some cockeyed notion of Dan Majerle coming out of retirement to bomb a few 3s in the fourth...
The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…
PHOENIX -- With 12 days left before their official season premier, the Phoenix Suns staged a split-squad, casual-dress rehearsal.
With half of the team in black practice jerseys and the other half in white, the familiarity of four days in training camp translated to some missed cues and unfortunate ad-libs. But the witnesses -- season ticket holders, friends, family, and, seemingly...
Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…