G&A: Coaching is nice, but bad defenders are bad defenders

May 26, 2011, 9:49 PM | Updated: 11:14 pm

The Phoenix Suns want to improve on the defensive end of the court.

A report came out Thursday saying the Suns will likely interview Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons to be the team’s defensive coordinator, giving credence to what has been said by Lance Blanks, Lon Babby and Alvin Gentry since the season ended.

Unfortunately, it won’t really matter, according to Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo & Ash.

“Here’s the reality,” Gambo said. “The Suns are what they are. You have to play to what your personnel is.

“The personnel here is that they play small and they play fast, and that doesn’t make you a good defensive team.”

Gambo pointed to Steve Nash and Channing Frye as being limited defensively, basically saying it will be nearly impossible to be good at stopping teams unless they make some roster changes.

“I’m not so sure that this would be an answer for them unless they were changing their personnel and getting more dedicated to defense by getting more players that are committed to defense,” he said.

Ash, who said it helps to have quick hands and good lateral movement when playing defense, went so far as to say playing defense really comes down to effort.

“Some of these guys don’t want to play it, that’s it,” he said of the Suns.

Indeed, if playing good defense is about want then the Suns, who allowed the second most points per game in the NBA last season (105.9), must have as much desire to play defense as the Coyotes have to play their next season in Winnipeg.

Penguin Air


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Reggie Bullock #25 of the Dallas Maver...
Dan Bickley

NBA schedule gives Devin Booker, Suns an early shot at redemption

The Phoenix Suns will be able to get their first shot at redemption against the Dallas Mavericks when the 2022-23 season gets underway.
2 days ago
Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

ASU product Josh Christopher stars in Rockets’ schedule release skit

Every year, there is going to be a team that releases its schedule in a unique way. Sometimes they hit. Sometimes they don't.
2 days ago
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, drives as Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson defen...
Associated Press

Reports: LeBron James signs 2-year extension with L.A. Lakers

LeBron James has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the L.A. Lakers,
3 days ago
Jae Crowder #99, Chris Paul #3, Mikal Bridges #25 and Cameron Payne #15 of the Phoenix Suns react d...
Kellan Olson

Initial impressions, observations from Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 schedule

A few areas of the Phoenix Suns' 82-game schedule we can spotlight to keep an eye on throughout the regular season.
3 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates with Deandre Ayton #22 during the first half of Game...
Arizona Sports

Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 schedule includes 22 national TV games

The Phoenix Suns' 2022-23 regular season schedule dropped on Wednesday highlighted by 22 games on ABC, ESPN or TNT, plus 12 more on NBATV.
3 days ago
(Screenshot/Bally Sports)...
Arizona Sports

Bally Sports+ streaming service announces launch date in September

Bally Sports announced the launch of a new streaming service for the Suns, Coyotes and regional college sports coming Sept. 26.
3 days ago
G&A: Coaching is nice, but bad defenders are bad defenders