Saturday , Sep , 22 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, & Phoenix Suns Still Searching For Veteran Post Player

The Suns are considering, hold on, drum-roll please, Vitaly Potapenko, Brian Skinner, and Esteban Batista for their final roster spot. Yeah, the Suns won’t know what they had in Thomas until one of these three stiffs takes the court …


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I thought of this video surfing NBA links. It had nothing to do with Janet being the finest woman of the 1990’s, really. I thought of the saying, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, after reading who are considering as replacements for.

The Suns are considering, hold on, drum-roll please, Vitaly Potapenko, Brian Skinner, and Esteban Batista for their final roster spot. Yeah, the Suns won’t know what they had in Thomas until one of these three stiffs takes the court.

Remember, Phoenix deemed Thomas, and his eight million dollar salary, expendable, so they dealt him to the Seattle SuperSonics for a trade exception.

Thomas, of course, is a proud veteran. He’s been through playoff wars. And he provided a physical presence. But he was expensive. And the Suns thought they could sign a veteran big, like P.J. Brown, for much less.

That cheap post player hasn’t materialized. And now a contending team is forced to pick up a player from the scrap heap. I thought Potapenko was retired. Never heard much about Batista; Skinner is a half-decent player.

So what happens when the Suns have to play a half-court game? Who will guard San Antonio‘s Tim Duncan in the playoffs? Not Potapenko, Skinner, or Batista. And doesn’t like guarding opposing centers.

This season, Phoenix will learn that cheaper isn’t always better. And they’ll learn this lesson the hard way.

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