Suns: Favorites in the West?

by April 11, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

I’ll be honest, this Suns team is making me a tad nervous.

Frighteningly, they seem to have exhumed the corpse of one Shaquille O’Neal just in time for the postseason, and if Amare keeps going the way he has, who knows how far they can take this thing. They’re playing so well right now (and with so much confidence), that some are beginning to think they might be the team to beat in the West.

“It poses a big problem,” Tracy McGrady said. “And add that along with the talent they have. They have some great players around him. (Amare) Stoudemire is playing at a high level, so they’re a tough team.

“To me, I think with Shaq they are probably the favorite of the West.”

I wouldn’t go as far as T-Mac went and call Phoenix the favorite in the über-competitive West, but they are certainly dangerous.

This type of praise from foes and harsh critics (yours truly included) is a testament to the tremendous job Mike D’Antoni and his staff have done since the Shaq trade.