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PHOENIX (AP) For most of their half-century in existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.
In 1969, they lost the coin flip with Milwaukee for Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and chose Neal Walk at No. 2. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good teams. Shaquille O'Neal made a cameo appearance late in his career.
But a big, young franchise center to build around eluded them - until now.