Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle would love to see Kevin Love in a Suns uniform
Former Suns player/assistant coach Dan Majerle was a guest on Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday; Where he would reminisce about his days as a player, and how he felt that they were just one piece short of being great, until the trade for Charles Barkley.
“Like when we traded for Charles (Barkley) in 1992, we needed that one piece, Majerle said “We’d win 50 games every year, and we’d get in the playoffs, but we just couldn’t get over that hump. We needed that one guy to get over that hump.”
Those were the days the Suns were able to make the playoffs with ease, but were never considered amongst the NBA‘s elite. That changed when the afar-mentioned Barkley trade paid it’s dividends, and Sir Charles and the Suns won a league-best 62 games. They would coincidentally get over that hump and move on to the NBA Finals, Marking only their second trip in franchise history. That same year would surpass another milestone for the Suns as Barkley became the first Suns player to win the leagues Most Valuable Player award.
Well isn’t it ironic. The Phoenix Suns plus years ago. around with a new head coach and general manager, along with a nucleus of young new players; the fell just one game shy of making the playoffs. Aspiring aspirations yet again to perhaps only just be that one player away from competing for a league championship once again.
Kevin Love could be that player the Suns are missing. The 25-year-old Love has one year remaining on his contract for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It includes $16 million option for 2015-16 season, but many around the league are optimistic that the Center could be dealt this off-season. The Suns could be heavy hitters in those sweepstakes. And at least one person believes that Love can bring that Barkley-like effect on the team.
“Kevin Love is that type of player,” Majerle said.
“I am a huge Kevin Love fan,” Majerle, a member of that 1992-93 Suns team and now the head coach at Grand Canyon University said. “One time I talked to him, he was taking the ball out-of-bounds by the Suns’ bench and I said ‘how do you get all those rebounds’ and he just pointed at his heart.
“He is about an inch taller than I am, I’m 6’6″, so he’s 6’7″ and he is not overly athletic, but he is a rebounding machine.”
Love was third in the league in rebounding this season, pulling down an average of 12.5 per game in addition to his 26.5 points per contest, which was good for fourth in the NBA.
“You’ve got to love players like that and the way he’s developed up his game,” Majerle continued. “He’s turned into a very good three-point shooter, has a high basketball I.Q., I think he’s a great teammate.
“He would be a perfect fit for the Phoenix Suns.”
Phoenix Sports-Kings contributor Jason Mulkey @_JayBird79