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In Brooklyn, a bench in the sun

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 31, 2020
Make way for the Brooklyn Suns! Even without the Arizona sunshine, the New York-based franchise can claim a name change. With the recent appointments of Amar’e Stoudemire and Mike D’Antoni to help Steve Nash in his first experience as a head coach, the team that finished in 7th place in the Eastern Conference last year is betting on the men who made Phoenix shine in the 2000s. With this staff, Brooklyn intends to offer the necessary influence to win its first NBA title. The three men will be associated for the first time since summer 2008. After four years of collaboration, this atypical Big 3 had broken out with the departure of the coach for New York. Phoenix had then finished illuminating the NBA with his offensive game. It was the end of the Arizona franchise’s comeback. During this sunny period, Phoenix played the leading roles with 258 wins for 121 losses and especially the best record in the League at the end of the 2004-2005 regular season and two appearances in the conference finals.

Brooklyn team shaped by Nash’s experience with D’Antoni

The Suns ‘spectacular game will not have won any national honor except for Steve Nash’s two MVP titles, Mike D’Antoni’s coach of the year and Boris’ best progression trophy. Diaw. A real heartbreak. Faced with the run and gun applied by the Suns, many teams ended with sunstroke. The tactic in Arizona was based on short possessions with a shot to be taken within 7 seconds of collecting the ball. To get there, the 3 point skill was high and the pick and rolls involving Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire were numerous. It’s a bit of this philosophy that will be implemented at the Barclays Center by the Canadian. At an event where he was invited, the beginner coach had already said that his experience with Mike D’Antoni would shape the offensive systems of his Nets. “I want us to play fast. I want us to use the spaces to create opportunities. “A strategy which must be approved by Sean Marks, his General Manager and … former teammate in Phoenix between 2006-2008.

Together, these strong men with a common past in Phoenix will have the opportunity to win a ring by sitting on the bench of the Nets. A prized place as the workforce made available to them is of high quality. With Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and especially Kevin Durant who will be making his comeback from injury, Brooklyn has the individualities to shine. And maybe achieve what Phoenix didn’t.