Robin Lopez Out 6-8 Weeks for Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns, already short on reliable players in the post, will lose 2nd year center Robin Lopez for 6-8 weeks due to a foot injury.
Lopez broke his fifth metatarsal—the long bone on the outside of his foot
that connects to the little toe—in the second half of the team’s intrasquad
scrimmage Saturday in San Diego. Team officials say the procedure to insert a screw in Lopez’s foot will be
performed Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Source: Yahoo Sports (AP)
The loss of Lopez may force the Suns to play Amare Stoudemire more at center, despite the ongoing feeling (from Amare) that he's a power forward. He is best suited as a center though - that is where he's had the most success due to the mismatches in speed & athleticism he possesses. Additionally, the Suns latest acquisition, Channing Frye, will likely see the most increased playing time w/ Lopez out. Still, the Suns may opt to start Amare at the 5 & Frye at the 4. Suns' rookie Earl Clark may also be required to contribute more from the get-go, instead of coming into the rotation slowly like Phoenix would prefer.
Not to suggest "releasers" remorse, but considering they paid Ben Wallace anyway, they probably should've hung on to him as an emergency (at the very least). Not sure which big men are available at the moment, but Phoenix should look to shore up that position sooner rather than later.