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The Kerr And The Defence Myth

I read all this stuff about the Suns under Kerr moving towards a more traditional defence and inside team.

But where is the evidence, at least the defence part? Kerr has traded the Suns three best defenders (Marion, Raja and Diaw) for an old Shaq and an offensively minded Jason Richardson. That doesn't smack of defence at all.

So I ask again: where is this new "defensive focus"? Or does Kerr think all these offence guys need was a great teacher, and that defence is learnt, not a talent?

But lets get real for a moment: the Suns are, and always have been, an inside player short. Diaw was a 3/4 tweener, ina good way, and Marion for Shaq still left the bench short an inside guy for 15-25 minites a game, and the signing of Matt Barnes, whilst fine, was the wrong move. Chris "the Birdman" Anderson would've been a better move. He is averaging (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1135) 5.5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Put him on this squad and bring back Boris Diaw, who can then switch between 3 and 4, and the Suns would've been golden. All the defence needed (Diaw, Bell and Anderson) with PLENTY of offensive threats and shooting targets.

Instead, we have an unbalanced team of two inside guys, one point guard and 4 2/3 guys, all of whom are scorers who like / need the ball.

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