If you haven't heard the rumor, the Phoenix Suns are interested in bringing back former All-Star Shawn Marion.
First I would like to say that Neither Marion nor Phoenix knew how good they had it. Marion was the perfect all around great player that coach Mike DAntoni utilized very effectively.
He didn't need plays run for him to score.
He didn't need the ball to be effective.
He could dunk, rebound, shoot, and played great man-on-man defense. He was the defender that nobody wanted to see.
On the other hand, the perception was that Marion wasn't happy being the third option behind Nash and Stat. He knew that he was a vital part of the Phoenix machine when they were the pride of the NBA.
He was part of the team that changed the defensive mindset of the NBA.
While NBA old timers where preaching "defense wins Championships," the Suns were destroying teams by 20 or more points a game in 2004-05. They weren't just beating teams, they were humiliating the "defensive" teams.
Marion was a big part of that renaissance.
Back to my original point, Phoenix fans just didn’t know what they had. While the experts were always pointing to Marion being indispensable because of his all around game, many fans thought he was just a big crybaby that was too erratic on the court.
Unfortunately, it took losing him to see what would happen without him.
Then there was Mike DAntoni, who was growing weary of stroking all the egos on his team. While he was a champion of Marion’s, he decided that the team would have better chemistry without him.
Translation: He chose Stoudemire over Marion.
Fast forward to 2009.
The Suns are on the verge of blowing up the whole team, and Marion is still looking to be the man.
Well, this may be the right time for him to finally be the man in Phoenix. If the Suns could somehow pull this off, signing Marion would not only re-energize a downtrodden Suns team, but a downtrodden Phoenix community that is starting to brace themselves for a mediocre team.
Signing Marion might also convince Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire that the Suns are serious about winning. It could possibly even convince Tyson Chandler to sign with the Suns.
If the Suns do decide to get rid of Steve and Amare, at least they wouldn’t be starting over without a proven All-Star.