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DP: How was the surgery?
AS: It went great. My eye's doing well.
DP: What was it like not knowing what you were going to see or feel like when you woke up?
AS: Very scary. The doctors did a good job explaining what my vision would be like after the procedure. But it wasn't fun at all. I had to lie facedown for 22 hours a day for 10 straight days for it to heal.
DP: What were you looking at on the floor?
AS: I had my laptop, a couple of DVDs, a lot of reading. A little Twitter, a little Facebook action.
DP: The Suns went from competing for a championship to missing the playoffs last year. Where do you stand in the Western Conference?
AS: Obviously you've got the Lakers—and much respect to them—but we're right there. We've got our core guys: myself, Steve [Nash], Grant [Hill] and Jason Richardson are back.
DP: Why didn't Shaq work out in Phoenix?
AS: I don't know. We could have made the playoffs if I didn't get injured for the last 29 games of the season. I don't think any teams in the postseason wanted to see myself and Shaq in the low post. It took some adjusting to Shaq. Bringing him in for just one year, we didn't have enough time.