Shaq Isn’t Good For Phoenix
I don’t often like J.A. Adande’s writing (he never seems to have an opinion of his own, either writing about the popular opinion or the most controversial), but he has a point this time (from ESPN):
The disappointment isn’t because Phoenix failed to win a championship with small ball. It’s because the Suns stopped trying.
Trading Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks for Shaquille O’Neal might be a full-scale (albeit bizarre) attempt to grab a ring, but it also is an admission of failure for their way of basketball. They just sided with the skeptics and said, “You’re right, we can’t run our way to the Finals.”
I’d rather see them go out like Tom Hanks in “Saving Private Ryan,” pulling out his pistol and firing away at the German tank in a last desperate effort to save the bridge. Or show some of that same defiance as Denzel Washington in “American Gangster,” making one last trip to Asia to import more heroin even though everybody’s telling him the game is over.
Instead the Suns conformed.
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