Well, now we know neither Joe Johnson nor Boris Diaw can play point guard in the NBA.
Of course, the Suns have Steve Nash at that spot while Diaw has become a godsend as the team’s best passer in the post since Alvan Adams. Meanwhile, the 2-12, lotto-here-we-come-again Hawks have Tyronn Lue and Royal Ivey running the Atlanta offense ("Find a shot for Joe and crash the boards.")
Johnson has figured out something as well: Hitting a wide-open jumper is a lot easier than hitting one when you’re double-covered.
How many times do you think exiled Hawks owner Steve Belkin has sung the "I told you soooo . . ." verse in the last month?
Along with Diaw, the Suns got two first-round draft picks and a $3 million trade exception out of that deal. No wonder Belkin wouldn’t pull the trigger until a judge forced him.
Will the Phoenix fans boo Johnson when he returns Sunday? He doesn’t deserve the Jason Kidd/Antonio McDyess treatment — he wasn’t treated as well as he could have been for two consecutive summers by the Suns brass — but the guy did turn his back on a championship run for a chance to be an All-Star in the basketball equivalent of Pluto.
Jerry Colangelo remembers Nate Hawthorne — who died of a massive heart attack in the driveway of his Tempe home last week at age 54 — as a quiet, hardworking player who was rewarded with a seat on the most unforgettable ride in franchise history — the 1975-76 "Sunderella Suns" that fell two games shy of a championship.
"He didn’t play long (two years)," Colangelo said. "But he experienced something that few players do, and played in (the triple-overtime loss to Boston in Game 5 of the Finals) what is still considered the greatest game of all time."
Then-coach John McLeod has often said his greatest regret about Game 5 was not playing Hawthorne in the third overtime.
Boston played little-used and fresh Glenn McDonald, whose three baskets won the game for the Celtics.
• Nice to see ASU basketball get off to a 4-0 start even if the four victims couldn’t reach the NCAA tournament if they merged. Now comes a 2-2 Minnesota team that was without four guards in a 17-point loss to No. 23 Maryland Wednesday.
• Congratulations to Kelly Stinnett, who will make $650,000 to be Randy Johnson’s valet/catcher. Maybe between Big Unit starts, Yanks manager Joe Torre will ask Stinnett to play center field. He’s asked everyone else.
• Yes, the Coyotes did have conversations with the Bruins about Joe Thornton within the last two weeks. But offers were never swapped — although Phoenix would have loved a chance to top San Jose’s offer. Instead, they have to play Thornton and the Sharks seven more times.