Suns still prefer a healthy Penny

Updated: October 13, 2003, 4:05 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Penny or Joe? That's the question Suns coach Frank Johnson is mulling. Last season the Suns were 34-24 when Penny Hardaway was in the lineup. They were 10-14 without him. Penny's willingness to be a distributor and role player on the Suns made him popular with Johnson last year.

But this summer, Joe Johnson took another step toward being a star. His stellar and consistent play in the summer league and preseason have Suns fans wondering ... is this the year Joe dethrones Penny?

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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