What works for Phoenix is having Majerle on the floor as much as possible. He entered the Chicago series averaging a team-high 43.9 minutes per game for the playoffs. Sun management will tell you they knew long ago that Majerle had the stuff to handle such demands. Before he was drafted he took a psychological test from a team consultant that was designed to measure such traits as determination and the ability to focus on goals and complete tasks. Majerle scored so high that the consultant I immediately telephoned Phoenix president Jerry Colangelo and begged, "Take him, take him, take him!"
The Suns took that advice, which is why the Bulls may find out during this series what Phoenix fans have already learned—that a clap of Thunder in the desert can be a powerful thing.