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Chambers Has Shot at Suns Center

October 8, 1997

PHOENIX (AP) _ Even at 38 years old, Tom Chambers could become the Phoenix Suns’ backup center this year.

He is one of four players competing for the backup spot, but it will likely come down to a two-way fight between Chambers and second-year pro Horacio Llamas.

Another possible contender, Dwayne Schintzius, missed the second straight day of training camp to resolve what team officials described as ``personal″ issues.

Will Cunningham, who signed as a free agent, has performed better than expected, but probably is headed to Europe or the Continental Basketball Association.

``Tom is playing better basketball than any of them right now,″ coach Danny Ainge said. ``He’s played better than I expected, definitely.″

Chamber admits that he has even surprised himself.

``I’m playing really, really well,″ Chambers said. ``I don’t have to toot my own horn. I think I’ve surprised them, and I’ve surprised myself as well.″

Ainge might be forced to choose between Llamas’ potential and Chamber’s experience.

Size might be another consideration.

``Tom doesn’t offer size,″ Ainge said. ``Dwayne and Horacio offer size and the ability to bang somebody. Horacio is still young, but he played pretty well for us last year. He just needs experience.″

Ainge said he will evaluate the situation as the preseason unfolds. The Suns play their first preseason game Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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