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Phoenix Suns Roll Call: Who Should Be The Core To Build Around?
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When I was a kid, I saw on some random TV show a method for firing employees that I thought was the coolest thing a boss could ever do.  I pledged that if I ever became a CEO that I would do it at least once.

It goes down like this: All the employees are lined up in a room.  The boss would then say “Everyone here who will have a job tomorrow, take one step forward.  Not so fast, (insert fired employee’s name).”

Ice cold, yet hilarious, right?

With the Suns’ season having now devolved into a “Will they or won’t they” soap opera regarding the possible trade of Steve Nash, it’s not out of line to reconcile that longstanding CEO fantasy with the current state of the affairs over at U.S. Airways Center.

As those who read my last column will know, I feel strongly that the best thing for the Suns’ long term future is to blow the team up and, for the first time in decades, begin a true rebuilding effort. 

Acknowledging that your championship window is closed is a difficult admission to make, one the team has refused to make, but any objective analysis on the state of the team reveals that it is the one prudent option left.

For this exercise, imagine if you will that the current Suns' roster is lined up along the baseline in a dimly lit arena.  A shadowy figure - one with the power to make contracts disappear into thin air without consequence (for the purposes of this piece) - slowly saunters to the free throw line.  He then utters in a raspy yet powerful voice, "All those players who should be Suns next season, take one step forward".

Who would get a “Not so fast” and who will be able to take that one step forward into purple and orange in 2011-2012?  Let’s find out, in alphabetical order.

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