The Suns should have won an NBA title somewhere in there, 2007 to be exact, but were robbed by David Stern when he suspended Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw for one game each against the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs. It was crushing to watch. That was the year the Suns were finally going to prove that a fast paced offense could win a championship, but Stern stepped in and chopped their legs out from underneath them.
The addition of Shaq last year pretty much ended the Suns run as the team's run 'n gun days, and Mike D'Antoni's firing only cemented it further. Plus a number of the core players from those high powered Suns teams have since been traded, like Boris Diaw and Raja Bell.
And now, it looks like the Suns may be on the verge of completely imploding in on themselves.
According to ESPN's Mark Stein, the Suns are apparently looking into trading the guy who was once the cornerstone of the franchise - Amare Stoudemire. And, guess what, they may also move Shaq too.
So who's to blame for all this? It's pretty simple - Steve Kerr. Kerr's decision to bring in Shaq last season was questionable at best, since Shaq didn't mesh well with the offense. This season, the offense has catered more to Shaq, who's had a return to All-Star form, but the Suns currently sit at 9th in the Western Conference. The dynamic of basing the offense around Shaq has also caused Stoudemire to feel a bit unwanted and disappointed that the team's not focusing on him. And you know what, I can't blame him. When he was the focal point of the offense, the Suns were a contender every year.
Basically, since Steve Kerr arrived in Phoenix to take over as GM, this team has progressively gotten worse. And if he lets Stoudemire go, he'll officially receive the Isiah Thomas Worst GM of the Year award.
It's simply stupid to let someone like Stoudemire go. He's 26, and while Steve Nash is almost done, you still have some solid young guys on the team such as Barbosa and Jason Richardson to build around. This team doesn't have to be completely blown up to create a solid team. Just the right pieces need to be jettisoned.
But don't expect Kerr to do that given his track record. Expect this team to quickly become the Sacramento Kings of Phoenix.