Luckily, Rod Argent from Bright Side of the Sun and I were able to interact with each other without getting into a shoving match. He joins us today to answer five questions about the Phoenix Suns’ season to preview tonight’s game and provide insight about the team.
1. The Phoenix Suns kept Brandon Knight and traded P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors. Are you satisfied with how the Phoenix Suns handled the trade deadline?
I'm pretty well satisfied with it. I was hoping that the Suns wouldn't trade away any of their young talent to bring on any of the high profile names that were on the market and they didn't. I think it would have been best for the team and Knight if the could have traded him but he's had an awful season trying to adjust to coming off the bench and I think the Suns wold have just had to have given him away to get a trade done and I think he's too valuable a player to do that.
2. Just a little over a year after his coaching debut, how is former Memphis Grizzly Earl Watson doing as Head Coach?
I like Earl. There are a lot of fans that blame him for the Suns' poor play this season but I'm not one of them. He's done a great job in building a strong sense of family and putting the team above yourself in a locker room that was much in need of it.
3. The Suns are likely to be at the top of the lottery instead of in the playoff race. Despite that, what’s been the most encouraging part about this Suns team?
Without a doubt it's been the younger players. I'm looking forward to seeing this young core grow and learn to play together and in a strong draft like this one there is the potential to add another piece to that young core.
4. The Grizzlies and Suns have played twice this season, but the Grizzlies have come out on top the past two times. What do the Suns have to do to pull out the win in this match-up?
Honestly, several of the younger players that have been given larger roles in the rotation would need to have very good to great nights for the Suns to have a chance at puling out a win. Devin Booker and T.J. Warren have already proven that they can do this and Marquese Chriss has occasionally had very good nights but the Suns would also need good outings from Tyler Ulis, Alex Len, Alan Williams and maybe even a few highlight dunks from Derrick Jones Jr. The Suns wouldn't need great nights from all of them but they'll need strong games from many of them for a chance.
5. What are you looking for from the Suns post-deadline as they try to build momentum for next year?
With Earl sitting most of the vets and giving the younger players larger roles I'm just hoping to see the youth start to mesh as a team. The two close losses after the deadline with more of the youngsters getting extended minutes has already been encouraging to me.
Thank you to Rod Argent and Bright Side of the Sun for the input!