PHX Looks To Make Sun Rise In West

Mark Eckhart Jr.Correspondent IOctober 29, 2008

The Phoenix Suns have arguably been the most fantastic thing to hit the basketball court since the Harlem Globetrotters. They up and down, run and gun style of offense leavs many of us in awe of how fluid their offense moves. Now with the addition, of the Big Cactus, Shaquille O'Neal, for a full season, the Suns are prime for a championship run.

However, this in itself is a daunting task. The Suns, have been a 50 win team since Mike D'antoni, was their coach starting in 2004. But, D'antoni has the unevitable task of attempting trying to make the Knicks not look like the laughing stock of Madison Square Garden. The Suns are under a new coach, with Terry Porter coming over from Detroit, and that adds promise for a Suns team, that hasn't been particularly known for its defensive prowess.

The Suns certainly have all the pieces in place to make a run at a championship starting with Point Guard, Steve Nash. Then you place Amare, and Shaq in the paint, Barbosa, and Raja Bell, swapping the starting guard role, with an impressive bench, and on paper the Suns contend. After the trade for Shaq late last season, Amare Stoudamire hit a whole different dimension in his game, regularly putting up 30 or more points and grabbing double digit rebounds, since being moved back to his natural position at Power Forward.

The Suns were obviously disappointed after their 1st round playoff exit to the then defending champion San Antonio Spurs. They were looking forward to the matchup because of the results of the Western Conference Finals the year before that, and the Suns were left feeling that series was taken away from them. Coming into this season, when asked "How you would feel if Tim Duncan got his 5th ring before you did?" Shaq simply replied "I'd be pissed" With Shaq already announcing that he is retiring in 2 seasons, there would be no better way he would like to see the sunset in Phoenix, than with a championship banner raised to the roof.