The 2010-11 NBA off season is huge for a number or players, teams and most importantly their fans. Everyone is looking for what the Lakers have achieved success doing two years in a row; holding the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy high above their heads.
This off-season could have finally proved to be what the Phoenix Suns organization needed to get over the 42 year Championship drought. Amar’e Stoudemire, our biggest and most powerful player since Sir Charles Barkley, was the potential hope for many years to come. Of course, many can argue that he was not a player deserving of a max contract like LeBron James and Chris Bosh. His defensive numbers were nowhere near his potential nor that of his fellow big man stars, but his offensive aggressiveness and ability could be beyond match of any other player in the NBA. The fact that he has had two career ending surgeries, which he successfully recovered from and only improved thereafter, hurt his chances of getting the money he could deserve. But, as an owner when do you put all doubts aside and take a chance that may never come your way again? In our (not by choice) Robert Sarver’s case he decided to take little chance and go the route of rebuilding around the young core.
So we are now here with no star Power Forward, but instead took chances on our bench standout Channing Frye, signing to a 5 year $30 million contract. It will not be official until July 8th, when all Free Agents can sign the dotted line. Following that we instantly contacted Hakim Warrick’s agency, who also have many clients already on the Suns, to sign him to a 4 year deal worth up to $18 million depending on minutes played. Warrick will be most likely be added to the starting Power Forward position.
Of course this is a downgrade from a 2nd Team All NBA player who had achieved instant success right out of High School, but is it really worth losing all hope over? No! All of us can agree that our owner’s mind is not in the right place and it is actually hurting us, but this is the Phoenix Suns that ever year doubts are surrounded and just about every time we change the doubters to believers.
I was right there with you wanting to strangle Channing Frye (who received the nickname Charmin Ultra Soft from my inner circle) in the recent Playoff run, but we must continue to stay positive for the team’s sake. Yes, the number of And-1s, explosive dunks and flawless pick-n-rolls will drop but with the remaining guys on the roster there is no reason to believe in a probable 7th seed at the least. We still have two solid years of the Two-Time MVP Steve Nash, 1 more year on the contract of Leandro Barbosa and Jason Richardson, a solid year of Grant Hill, and the young studs of Goran Dragic, Robin Lopez, Jared Dudley, Earl Clark and the prospects of our two new 2nd Round Draft Picks of Ganai Lawal and Dwayne Collins. We would all love to see the fan favorite Lou Amundson return, but he deserves a pay raise and realistically the Suns can’t offer him more than other teams will.
Next season will start no differently than last season where we weren’t supposed to make the playoffs or let alone make the rumble we did; some had us 3rd in the Pacific and barely holding the 10th spot in the West. So don’t hold your head low and lose hope or your team will feel it and do the same! They need us right now as much as we need them.