I don't know about anyone else, but I've been quite pleased with how the Suns have done so far in the preseason. Sure, it's just the preseason and the games are little more than glorified practice. Sure, there were those two no-show games against the Hornets and Clippers. Sure, our guys haven't exactly been playing the cream of the NBA crop for most of these games. But the Suns have gone 4-2, averaged nearly 110 points a game, and held opponents to nearly 9 fewer--all with Amare Stoudemire watching from the sidelines, and Sean Marks as the primary force inside. D.J. Strawberry has been living up to his status as TexSUN's favorite rookie. Shawn Marion has been reintegrated back into the lineup seamlessly--even with Grant Hill etched in at Marion's preferred spot at small forward. And speaking of Grant Hill, other than that elbow to the back incident, he's been doing great. But as we learned yesterday, not everyone shares my optimism, and since the Suns are a team that is at its best when things are at their worst, here's a little more rain to throw on our preseason parade.
First, Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty posts his season preview at BallHype, in which he predicts a (much) lesser finish for the Suns this season, to the tune of a John Hollinger-like 54 games. Try this out for cheery thoughts:
Next up, we go to ESPN, where we find Daily Dime-style previews for each team. I will begin by saying congratulations to the following SBN bloggers who were invited to participate in this:
- Matt from BlogABull
- Tom Lewis from Indy Cornrows
- Ben Q. Rock from Third Quarter Collapse
- Wes Cox from Mavs Moneyball
- Dave from BlazersEdge
- Fantasy Junkie from Golden State of Mind
- Tom Ziller from Sactown Royalty
Well, if we weren't rain-soaked enough already, how about FOX Sports reminding us yet again that Steve Nash still needs a ring to be truly great? First off, one of my pet peeves is judging an individual player's worth by whether or not he's ever won a championship. By that logic, recently-traded Antoine Walker is a better player than Nash. Anybody want to make that trade? Second, if I never again hear this argument, it will be too soon:
Well, now that we're all drenched, here's a friendly reminder that today is the last day to submit a season preview and that the Suns will be on TV tonight. Maybe all this "rain" will provide some extra motivation for our guys.