The Suns have gone the past six games without having to face a superstar wing scorer without their lockdown defender, Grant Hill.
That ends Saturday, when the NBA's leading scorer, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, visits US Airways Center with his legion of Lakers fans in tow.
The defensive duty to handle Bryant probably will fall largely to starting wings Shannon Brown and Jared Dudley and perhaps Josh Childress off the bench. Bryant averages 28.1 points and has scored 48, 36 and 32 in three previous meetings this season with the Suns.
For Brown, it will be like three years of practices with the Lakers. He guarded Bryant, who became a big brother to him off the court.
"Ain't no different in a practice than in a game," Brown said of guarding Bryant. "We went hard all the time. It's definitely a difficult task."
Suns to face Lakers' Kobe Bryant without Grant Hill
Arizona Republic | Apr 7