On Stephon Marbury of the struggling Suns (25-27), whose coach, Scott Skiles, resigned on Sunday:
Stephon Marbury isn't the kind of point guard who helps win games. When he's looking for his shot, the Suns become a one-on-one team and do a lot of standing around. Then when he decides to set up his teammates, it's hard for them to make that switch and become more involved in the offense. He's been trying to scale back his shooting, but then he becomes less of a threat. He doesn't rebound or create on the fast break the way Jason Kidd did, but Phoenix can still be a potent transition team because Marbury is one of the best finishers in the league—much better than Kidd. He might develop into a scoring guard who can carry a team through the playoffs, but right now, at 25, he can't dominate a game without shooting, which is the test for every great point guard.