View Full Version : The Suns to try Small Ball?

09-28-2004, 10:12 PM
Stoudemire expecting to see time at center

By Mike Tulumello, East Valley Tribune - September 28, 2004

Talk to Suns officials and you get the idea that Amare Stoudemire is easing up on his reluctance to play center.
Talk to Stoudemire, though, and you're not so sure.

Suns president Bryan Colangelo said he can see a scenario where "our best combination is when he's out there as a small 'five' (center)" flanked by Shawn Marion and Joe Johnson at forward and Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson at guard.

This group "could be your starting five or at least play significant minutes together.

Though Stoudemire has resisted this idea in the past, the situation has been explained to him, and "ultimately Amare's about winning."

And that means if he needs to play a significant amount of time at center, "He'll be fine with it," Colangelo said. Said Stoudemire, "If I have to do it for a couple games, that's cool.

"It's not my natural position. . . but sometimes it will be to our advantage because we'll be quicker (than opponents) and I can still go into the post.
"If I'm called on to play center, I'll play it." How about being the starting center?

"Whoa!" said a surprised Stoudemire. "It depends.

"We have legitimate centers (in Jake Voskhul and Steven Hunter). I don't think I'll be called on to play center that much."


The Suns will pick up the fourth-year rookie option on Stoudemire by Oct. 31, Colangelo said. Whether they also pick up the same option on Casey Jacobsen has to be decided by the Suns' new six-member management committee, Colangelo indicated.

Said Jacobsen, "I'll be patient. I've learned not to expect anything.

"I'm just going to work my butt off and hope they pick up my option." Both Stoudemire and Jacobsen already are under contract for the upcoming season.


The Suns are likely to add Paul Shirley, a big forward who played at Iowa State and finished last season with the Chicago Bulls, to their training camp roster, Colangelo said.

Shirley, who is expected to receive a nominal guarantee, would be the team's 15th player. He more or less replaces Jackson Vroman, who is out for a month with an injured thumb. The Suns also are evaluating Justin Rowe, a center who played at Maine and later in Europe.

The Suns have added Dan Majerle, who had worked for national cable networks since retiring as a player after the 2001-02 season, to their broadcast team.

Majerle will serve as a color analyst for 41 games.

It looks like Nash is gonna feel right at home, it will be interesting to see if the media rips the suns for going small.

09-28-2004, 10:18 PM
sounds as if the suns are giving mixed messages...

09-29-2004, 09:51 AM
That doesn't suprise me at all. This is the only way you can make everyone happy. It won't get them far in the playoffs however but they will be exciting to watch.

Lonely PSU Mavs Fan
09-29-2004, 11:24 AM
"We have legitimate centers (in Jake Voskhul and Steven Hunter"

I would not exactly call them legitimate centers

09-29-2004, 12:49 PM
Originally posted by: Lonely PSU Mavs Fan

"We have legitimate centers (in Jake Voskhul and Steven Hunter"

I would not exactly call them legitimate centers

Hunter is a legitimate center without any legitimate skill. Voskuhl is just a hustle 4.

09-29-2004, 11:29 PM
Hunter resembles Samuel Dalembert in build (tall and skinny) and like Dalembert his strength is his shot-blocking. Unlike Dalembert, he is really really raw in virtually all the other aspects of his game and might be CBA-bound. On the other hand, another skinny shot-blocking C Mikki Moore really foundered after being a high-draft pick by DET (?) and ended up in the CBA, but his rebounding and post game developed enough down there that UT brought him up to serve a stint. Hunter will probably never live up to high draft-pick status, but he might be a worthwhile project for a patient team.