Discussion in 'Phoenix Suns' started by GatorAZ, Nov 29, 2020.
The Suns traded Kidd for Marbury?
I relied a lot on the judgement of Jerry Colangelo back in those days. When he was fine trading for Marbury I was good with it as well.
IIRC, there was a question of whether Marbury would be happy in Phoenix.
Colangelo's stamp of approval meant a lot like back then much like later on when he gave his approval on drafting Amare with the 9th pick when other teams were passing on him.
First, I was pissed we traded Nash away because we thought Kidd was our future (who was a liabiity EVEN back then in the half court). Predictably we didn't win anything with him. Then there's that domestic incident. Then we trade him for the most selfish PG in history. Those 6 years without Nash were not fun (well, except for that ONE Chapman shot).
My reaction? It felt like we were trading garbage and going no where.
I was for it. Didnt want a wife beater as the leader of our team and Kidd was a continual letdown in the playoffs.
I was disappointed. I have a soft spot for distributing pg's. Marbury was more of a shoot-first guy and I did not think he was that much of a character improvement over Kidd. But I did not know what was going on behind the scenes either.
My reaction was excitement because my favorite player was AI at the time and Steph was the closest thing to him. Lol at young me.
Allen Iverson was a very good player so you had good taste even back then.
I was livid, as I saw Marbury put up empty stats while holding his team back with selfish play in Minnesota and then New Jersey. I wasn't against trading Kidd in the wake of the domestic violence incident, but when it was basically Kidd straight up for Marbury, I felt the Suns got fleeced. I consider that trade, in the aftermath of the failure of Backcourt 2000, to be the final nail in the coffin of the Jerry Colangelo area for the Suns.
Colangelo seemed to be putting all his effort into the Diamondbacks at the time, at the expense of the Suns. I once again had hope with what I felt was a genius draft pick in Amare Stoudemire, only for Colangelo then to sell the team to Sarver...
Until Jerry Colangelo sold the team he always bounced back after making a bad trade or move. This is what has separated Colangelo and Sarver.
Also Colangelo was very skilled in reading and communicating with players except perhaps for Charles Barkley. Of course Barkley was a very unique personality.
I had soured completely on Kidd but I was not happy to get Marbury, he was one of my least favorite players in the league at the time.
I loved those guys as a kid but analytics would hate them today. Also they kinda brought in the hip hop culture to the NBA which I digged at the time.
Recently watched a documentary on Iverson. Really good.
I was attending Georgetown law during his frosh year. My girlfriend was a gtown undergrad. So we had season tickets to the games. The first iverson game was one of those warm up games against a lesser talent. It was played at gtown’s small on campus gym (think a high school gym). Everyone knew it was to be Iverson’s first game so it was packed. In the first half this dude was lighting it up so I assumed he was iverson. But he was big so I was confused. It ended up being Jerome Williams (junkyard dog). He had 12 points. Iverson actually hadn’t played in the first half. He started the second half and I believe he put up 28 points in the half. I was stunned watching him. Being a huge KJ fan I knew quick. Apparently I was wrong. I didn’t know quick until I saw Iverson. His speed and athleticism was full on shocking to witness in person that up close and personal. Particularly in comparison to collegians. He was also a really nice kid. Got to meet him as my girlfriend’s best friend was dating the lone white guy - a 6’11 euro - on the team and he was roommates with othella harrington so players were always hanging out in their dorm those kids were tough as nails on the court but really nice off the court. The single season that Iverson played alongside victor page in the backcourt was the most entertaining team I e ever watched as the two of them flew up and down the court.
Crazy timing with that story cause I listened to this last night. Start at 3:15.
Yeah adande is right. If anything my story maybe undersold my experience. The funny thing is that I remember hearing about iverson in Kenner league too. But we couldn’t believe this dude was tearing up pros and collegians.
the one bummer side story of iversons burst on the scene was what happened to othella Harrington. If you recall those years were the March of John Thompson’s centers. Ewing, mutumbo, mourning. O was supposed to be next. And he was good, but not as good as those guys. But it was supposed to be his time. And he became obsolete when iverson arrived. He couldn’t keep pace with iverson. Always felt bad for O.
I loved it. Kidd was good but he was also super limited and we were always going to be a 50 win team with no realistic shot at a championship with Kidd
I loved Marbury on the Suns and he was good here. That year and that playoff series against the Spurs was so much fun and it was so exciting a really young Amare and Marion.
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