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07 Seconds or Less

AuthorJack McCallum
Dewey Decimal796.323/640979173 22
GenreNon-fiction
ISBN0-7432-9811-X
LC ClassGV885.52.P47 M33 2006
Media typePrint
OCLC75280157
Publication dateNovember 14, 2006
PublisherTouchstone
SubjectBasketball
Twitter@7solpod

Sports history is littered with great teams that dominate their regular seasons only to fall short of ultimate glory. Our writers are paying tribute to those teams who were almost famous. After tackling NCAA football, NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL in the 1970s and in 1990s, here is our second NBA entry. The Era of Phoenix Suns Basketball that come to be known as Seven Seconds or Less unofficially began 21 games into the 2003-04 season, when the team fired head coach Frank Johnson and promoted assistant Mike d'antoni as his replacement. The Suns were still raw and disjoint-they went just 21-40 to close the season under d'antoni-but final piece of the puzzle snapped into place in the offseason. That's when the franchise signed 30-year-old point guard Steve Nash after his incumbent team, Dallas Mavericks, opted not to match the five-year, 65-million offer. In Nash, ace shooter and playmaking magician who'd thrive in Dallas' up-tempo system, d'antoni saw the perfect instrument through which he could execute his bold basketball vision.

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A Rockets renaissance

Mike DAntoni will hold a special place in the hearts of basketball fans who come of age just after the turn of the millennium. After Rick Adelmans Kings and Don Nelsons Mavericks put cracks in the old brutal 90s paradigm, DAntoni shattered it with the Suns. He embraces three-pointer and push bounds of tempo under his famous Seven Seconds or Less offense. He finds creative ways to use creative players and literally change the fate of basketball. DAntoni always had trouble repeating that success, though. He cashed out with the Knicks, but didnt have a suitable roster until the end of his tenure. He tried again with the Lakers, but get short-circuit by injuries and age. Now he is in Houston and appears to have a winning team again. More importantly, gaudy offensive numbers and idiosyncratic playing style has viewers wondering: Is this a rebirth of Seven Seconds or Less?

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2004-05

The early 2000s Phoenix Suns were well ahead of their time. Though teams ' pace numbers look fairly pedestrian by modern NBAs ' strict fast style of play, seven seconds or less Suns serve as prototype for much of modern NBA offense look like today, including the Atlanta Hawks. While the framework for that offense was dreamt up by offensive maestro Mike DAntoni, it also helped that the team had a perfect blend of talent and a terrific core that knew exactly how to play within the system. With a roster littered with multiple All-Stars and future Hall of Famers and put together by Bryan Colangelo with a sole focus on dominating on the offensive end, there are quite a few similarities between major players on those early 2000s Suns teams and the current young core of the Atlanta Hawks. Now, I know what youre are thinking. That sun run revolutionized the NBA in a way that was taken to extremes in recent years by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Also, 04-05 Suns were a complete juggernaut that jumped out to a 31-4 record before finishing the season with the best record in the West of 62-20. Lets explore the details of that juggernaut sun team and compare them to the Hawks ' current play style.

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2005-06

Brendon is joined by Jack McCallum, longtime Sports illustrate NBA reporter and author of the definitive book on Seven Seconds or Less Suns,: 07 Seconds or Less, to revisit his time with Steve Nash, Mike DAntoni and the most fun team in Suns history. We discuss whether book like this could ever be written now, why playoff run solidify season as one worth writing about, and Jacks ' fondest memories of reporting on this group. We also dive into Jacks ' memories of modern Suns figures like James Jones and Robert Sarver, in addition to Jacks ' biggest regret in writing book and whether Steve Nash should have won the 2005-06 MVP award. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify! Follow on Twitter: LockedOnPHXSuns, esidery, BrendonKleen14

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2007-08

When the team stagnated following season, its new front office lead by Steve Kerr got itchy trigger finger and dealt Marion for over-hill Shaquille o'neal. Trade seems to spell the end of the Seven Seconds or Less era as we know it, given how dramatically it changed team's identity and style of play. The Shaq gambit more or less flopped, but the 2007-08 squad was still really, really good. And while the Suns lost to the Spurs again, this time in five games in the first round, things might well have gone differently if they'd managed to hold onto a 16-point lead and steal Game 1 in San Antonio. Instead, Michael Finley hit the game-tying three at the end of regulation, Tim Duncan hit the game-tying three with three Seconds left in first overtime, Ginobili hit the game-winning layup with 1. 8 leave in second OT, and the sun never recovers from the gut punch. By the way, that shot was one of just five 3-pointers Duncan hit in 251 career playoff games.

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