Gentry Plays Role of Substitute Coach


Gentry has learned a lot from his time as an assistant.
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With Terry Porter remaining in Portland after having his jersey retired there last night, lead assistant Alvin Gentry manned the reins at practice today. Although Gentry claims that practice was the same as any other day, one player disagreed. [Read more...]

Suns Win Offers Small Amount of Closure

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

A little closure music if you please, maestro.

Although the deal actually went down last Spring, last night offered a sense of closure for the Mike D’Antoni era. At least, one certainly hopes so. Enough already of the “he said…he said…he said,” and comparisons between styles and philosophies and personalities. Not to mention the angst-ville chorus of who’s is happy and who isn’t. [Read more...]

Welcoming J-Rich to the Valley

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(Rocky Widner/NBAE Photos/Getty Images)

Hey, Suns fans. I had some time in between ballgames today and just wanted to check in following a tough loss last night in Los Angeles. We were obviously short-handed for the contest following the trade and while I’m not somebody who really believes in moral victories, I was glad to see us out there fighting hard to the end. The bottom line is we still came up a little bit short, but we again showed improvement and I definitely think we’re continuing to take steps in the right direction.

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Suns Trade Depletes Team Against Lakers

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(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

I had planned to write about the trends for the Phoenix Suns’ wins and losses during the first 23 games of the season after the game tonight.  But the trade of Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley on Wednesday afternoon changed not only the topic of my blog but also may have made the numbers from the first 25% of the season insignificant when looking for trends. [Read more...]

Suns Play Retro Night Against Bucks

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

 

It was Retro Night at the US Airways Center, as the Suns turned the clock all the way back to 2006-07.

Well, not officially. But it sure seemed like “old” times, with the Suns lighting up the scoreboard at one end and not being too fanatical about turning the lights out at the other end. [Read more...]

Nash Plays the Role of Cover Boy


GM Steve Kerr says that throughout his time in the NBA, he’s never met a player more socially aware than Steve Nash.
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In December’s double-sided “Gotta Get It Guide Goes” issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids, Suns guard Steve Nash was featured on one of the two covers as the publication took a closer look at athletes that are environmentally conscious. The All-Star point guard talked about growing up in Canada and becoming more aware of environmental issues as he became older. [Read more...]

Hill Moves Back Into Starting Lineup


The Suns are 5-2 when Hill is in the starting lineup.
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After spending 14 seasons nestled into the starting lineup of whatever team he was on, Grant Hill graciously moved to the bench to make room for Matt Barnes. Although we’ve all seen the movies where the hero unselfishly steps aside for the group and everyone goes on to live “happily ever after,” that didn’t quite happen in the Valley of the Sun. [Read more...]

Win Against Jazz Gives Suns Breathing Room

 

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

 

All the heavy internal baggage the Suns have been lugging during the Big Makeover hasn’t slowed Leandro Barbosa down one bit, thank goodness.

Barbosa is still the fastest thing on sneakers, and he used his speed to burn the Jazz for 25 points in less than 30 minutes, and he did almost as much damage to them when they could catch him than when they couldn’t, as he was a perfect 10 for 10 at the free throw line. [Read more...]

By the Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks

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(Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images)

I’m looking at the box score of the Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks game from Thursday night and most things actually look pretty good.  There are only a few categories that concern me. [Read more...]

Nash Tips Off All-Star Auction


Nash’s All-Star Auction could help you enhance your All-Star experience!
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It’s the giving time of the year again and assist guru Steve Nash has found a way to reward those who donate generously. Through his charitable organization, the Steve Nash Foundation, Nash has launched his first All-Star Auction today. [Read more...]