CHICAGO - Bo Outlaw is arriving for his second stint with the Suns to stiffen a defense that works a bit differently than when he departed before last season.
The Suns used to rotate as quickly as possible, then would use their athleticism to recover on any open defenders.
Now, says coach Mike D’Antoni, there are fewer rotations as the Suns try to "pack in" their defense to guard the basket.
The object: "They (opponents) have to shoot over us.
"That way, they have to make more shots than we do. I like our chances."
Yuta Tabuse’s reaction to being demoted to the injured list, which serves as a taxi squad for NBA teams, was about what you’d expect from somebody who is as humble as they come in big-time sports.
After struggling for a second to recall the name of the Suns’ newest player (Outlaw), who replaces him on the active roster, Tabuse said, "We need him on this team.
"I’m still on the team. I keep working hard. My chance could come any time. I just need to be ready."
Asked if fans would be disappointed — as the first Japanese player in the NBA, there has been huge interest in him whenever he has played — Tabuse said, "I want fans to enjoy the Suns’ games. The most important thing is to win every game."
In talking about the Suns’ offensive prowess, New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank called Steve Nash "the head of the snake." . . .
Amare Stoudemire is on the cover of Dime magazine.