For today's edition of The Questionable Blogger, you asked questions to Seth Pollack of the quintessential Suns blog, Bright Side of the Sun. Since the Clippers and Suns had already played twice in March I was out of things to ask. Seth answered directly in the comments section of the original post -- but of course we needed to get those answers up on the front page as well.
Great job with the questions everybody, and great answers Seth. Thanks for playing The Questionable Blogger, where everyone is a winner. Also, be sure to head over to BSotS to read my answers to their questions. You won't want to miss this one. There were some really great questions, and I am in especially fine form with my answers, if I do say so myself.
Citizen Buddahfan: Does Robin Lopez Have A Hair Stylist or does his hair grow naturally like that?
Seth: I believe we asked him that question his rookie year...he said something about a lot considerable effort going into that "look". I think. Or maybe he was talking about his facial hair. Now, I can't seem to recall.
Tell you what, next time you see him you can ask him. He's such a friendly guy.
Citizen Lawler's Law: All Time Suns' point guard Kevin Johnson, Steve Nash, Yuta Tabuse?
Citizen PV Mike: The Suns are playing fairly well of late. Do you envision them sneaking into the 8th spot and making the playoffs? Also, do you find it a little creepy that both the Lopez Twins voices sound like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs?
Yes and Yes.
Before the season I had the Suns finished 7th with a record of about 36-30. They are 11-5 since the All-Star break and don't show any signs of slowing down. If they continue on this pace, I will be proven right....which is all that really matters.
And yes...although to be honest, Robin is a really cool guy who happens to have an odd sounding voice. He's got a pretty big wall around himself in part, I think, because he's self conscience, but I think most people would really like him if you can get past being scared by his massive size and scary sounding voice.
Note by Waxmonkey: What Seth hasn't mentioned: Massive man-crush on Robin Lopez, right from the beginning.
I'd say he's Robin's most loyal supporter, but that just doesn't have the edge of creepy sexuality that I was going for.
Seth: Totally...I'm an unabashed Robin Lover
Citizen KidJustin: Where did the Pheonix training staff find the Fountain of Youth? And how much will it cost DTS for a 24 oz cup to give to Chauncy Billups?
(obviously this is a question about how they are able to keep players esp the old guys health and almost injury free)
Seth: It baffles my mind that whatever tricks Aaron Nelson and his staff are using don't get copied by more teams. It's not like they are state secrets.
So really the question is, why isn't the Clippers staff (or the rest of the league) doing what works?
Citizen banandy: What moves do you expect the Suns to make this summer? Would making the playoffs this season change any of those plans?
Seth: The Suns will have at least $26m in cap space, and $6m more if they use the amnesty on Josh Childress.
It doesn't look like there will be many good targets for that money, however. A couple of nice RFAs like OJ Mayo perhaps but they are not going to get Batum out of Portland or Gordon out of NO.
They've said repeatedly that the biggest mistake they can make is giving too much money to the wrong players just b/c they have money to spend (see also: Pistons, Detroit, Ben Gordon and Charlie VNuv).
So, what does a team with a lot of money to spend and no one to spend it on do?
Give it to Steve Nash and Grant Hill. Both are UFAs and I would expect the Suns to spend somewhere around $10m to $12m to bring them back. Nash for 2 years and Hill for one. Both love it here. Both can't get near as much money from contending teams who are mostly all over the lux tax.
That will leave enough to match on Robin Lopez (an RFA) if they want and then perhaps they will bring back Bassy and Shannon Brown on smallish deals.
I would love to see them try and move up in the draft, but that's easier said than done.
Personally, my dream is for them to sign all the old guys and field a team that has: Nash, Hill, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnet, Antwan Jamison, Michael Redd, and Tim Duncan. I wouldn't consider that likely...although it would be AWESOME
Citizen PV Mike: We have some at Clips Nation that have been somewhat obsessed
the past couple years that Josh Childress could be a strong contributor and fill a void with the Clippers. I personally have not seen it. What do you or don't see in Childress if you see him as a potential amnesty victim.
Seth: Chill...oh, Chill
I had such high hopes for Josh when the Suns signed him and frankly, he's a not nearly as bad as his numbers/minutes seem either.
The biggest disappointment in his game is the lack of defensive ability we were expecting. We were hoping for a guy that could lock down on the perimeter against PGs, SGs and SFs...like Grant Hill does.
Instead, Chill is an average defender for his position (SFs or slower SGs). He works hard but just can't seem to lock up guys like we hoped.
Offensively, he's a very good player but not a good fit with the Suns who want wings who can knock down threes and spread the floor. That's not his game.
He is VERY good off the ball both cutting and coming in for ORebs and he's pretty decent slashing. He's a solid finisher in the lane and very good passer.
It's sort of weird situation b/c he's better than he seems but not as good as his contract.
Of course, no one expected Grant Hill to be playing at this level for the last two years either. If Hill ever did go down w/ an injury, we'd see what Josh could do with extended and consistent minutes. But Grant just keeps on coming and Josh is not going to beat him out for minutes.
Oh, and as far as the Suns cutting him...
I think it's possible but only makes sense if they need that extra cap space for a specific reason. Otherwise, they have to pay him anyway so they would be more likely to bring him then cut him just to cut him.
Given how the free agency market is shaping up, I don't see the Suns "needing" to cut him so I would expect him back...and I've seen enough good from him not to have an issue with that. Even if he's not playing, he's a great teammate, great in practice, and a guy you know will be ready to play should the need arise.
That's not worth $6m but at the same time, they would need a good reason to cut him and pay someone else to fill the same end of bench role.