In last year’s Western Conference Finals, a gritty Phoenix Suns team pushed the Lakers to six games before ultimately falling to a vintage Kobe Bryant performance in the clincher.
Yet coming into 2010-11, questions abound in Phoenix after the departure of All-Star Amare Stoudemire, who left the Valley of the Sun as a free agent and signed a max contract with the New York Knicks. Also gone is backup big man Louis Amundson (Golden State), though starters Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Robin Lopez and Jason Richardson are back.
In to help are forwards Hedo Turkoglu (from Toronto), Hakim Warrick (Chicago) and Josh Childress (Atlanta via Greece), along with returning reserves Jared Dudley, Goran Dragic and Channing Frye.
To preview the coming Suns’ season, we dialed up voice of the Suns Tom Leander: