How important is the role of the advance scout? What kind of baseball player would Amaré Stoudemire make? Yes, in any extended layoff for a sports team, too many people have too much time on their hands, including reporters.
So it’s not surprising that some of the Suns sound like they would be fine to start playing basketball again; they can’t, of course, until the Round 1 Houston-Dallas series is finished.
"I don’t know why you guys need to talk to us every day, without a game," Steve Nash told media people assembled at the team’s practice on Wednesday.
"We’re ready to play," Suns coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged. "We’re young enough that we don’t need that much rest.
"A couple of days would have been fine. . .But we’ll be ready whenever it is."
The Suns went through their second straight day of scrimmaging — including referees making calls — a session that included some spirited, competitive moments.
"That’s how they got to the pros in the first place," D’Antoni said. "They should be very competitive.
"They don’t want to lose. They don’t want to go back to the locker room and listen to stuff going back and forth."
"If we have one more practice like this, everybody will be tired of each other," Shawn Marion said.
Nash said, "You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
"I don’t know what we should do: Practice hard every day or take the whole thing off, or do a mixture of both.
"You never really know what’s best for your team. You just try to feel your way through it."
They won’t. Instead, they’ll have a more traditional practice on Friday, though they’ll only know their Round 2 playoff foe if the Mavericks wrap up their series at Houston tonight.
One player who seems to like the current situation just fine is Stoudemire, who would prefer to see the Mavericks and Rockets wear each other out.
"I’d rather sit back and wait," he said. "You get a chance to relax, heal some injuries and prepare."
In a record-setting 62-20 season, it’s hard to pick a "turning point."
But Jeff Hornacek, the Suns’ former All-Star guard who works as a consultant for the club, thinks he spotted one early on: The Suns’ 107-101 win at Dallas back on Nov. 16.
At the time, the Suns had lost two straight to drop to 4-2, which turned out to be their low point.
"There were some guys on this team who were lacking a little bit of confidence," Hornacek said.
"The win at Dallas early in the season. . .from that point on, it seemed like all of a sudden, they had the confidence. After that game, it looked like they believed in the system and had confidence in each other.
"That was the game I thought was the turning point."
The Suns had a couple of scary moments in Round 1: Marion hurting his right wrist on a flagrant foul by Shane Battier, Nash having his shoulder "pop out" for few moments after a collision with Lorenzen Wright.
Another came in practice Wednesday, when Nash went head-first into a wall.
"I was jut going for a loose ball," Nash said.
"I’m fine. I’m standing here. Next question."
The Suns will take today off, then will return to practice Friday. If Dallas wins tonight at Houston, they’ll start concentrating on the Mavericks, with Round 2 starting on the weekend. If the Rockets force a Game 7 on Saturday, Round 2 won’t start until next week.