The Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs for the first time in what seems an eternity. Their head coach took over late last season, and now wants to speed up the pace in his first full season. They're expected to barely make the playoffs, if that. Sound familiar? No, this isn't a re-print of the Suns' 2004-'05 preview. The situation is strikingly similar, however. Entering a season in which outspoken believers are extinct, the Suns are hoping to run over their competition (and pundits) unawares. Both Suns players and fans are excited for the physical and emotional freedom Alvin Gentry has instilled. Such a change could be as significant as any big-name acquisition via free agency or trade. Even earlier than the 2004-'05 Suns, the Lakers dynasty at the turn of the century wasn't possible until ...
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