Johnny "Red" Kerr

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(Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Two people with significant ties to the Suns, Dennis Johnson and John Kerr, are included among the 16 finalists for induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and one, at least this one, can only hope they survive the final cut when the inductees are announced in April at the Final Four in Detroit.

Kerr was the first coach to be hired by the Suns, and the fact he was also the first coach fired by the Suns detracts neither from what he did for the fledgling franchise nor that general manager Jerry Colangelo could hardly have made a better choice. [Read more...]

Suns Take Care of Business vs. Bobcats

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

All in all, a pretty good night for Suns present and past. With balanced scoring and a double-double from Shaq, the present Suns took care of business against the offensively challenged Bobcats (they are dead last in the league in scoring).  And past Suns, Boris Diaw and Raja Bell, combined for 50 pointswith Boris adding 10 rebounds and 6 assists to go with his 27.

However, in the interest of full disclosure, this was one of those games you put in the win column but not in your highlight film. It was kind of a bumpy affair, what with 36 turnovers (19 by the Suns) and 53 fouls, and the Suns never could quite put the Bobcats away until the last four minutes. [Read more...]

Shaq Plays Goalie at Practice

Shaq can reject shots in all sorts of ways.

Shaq can reject shots in all sorts of ways.

Shaq is obviously a man of many talents. A Renaissance man of entertainment… if you would. He’s already known for his dancing, rapping and comedic abilities, but what you didn’t know, is that he is also quite the… soccer goalie. [Read more...]

The Suns-Rocky II Comparison

Nash is the classic underdog story on an underdog team. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Nash is the classic underdog story on an underdog team. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Despite a 128-108 lost at the defending World Champion Celtics on Sunday, the sun seems to be slowly rising on Planet Orange lately. With more emphasis on running under new coach Alvin Gentry, the Suns seem to playing with a renewed sense of vitality and energy. Although they’ve lost Amar’e Stoudemire for the rest of the regular season and struggled as a team at times throughout the year, one gets the feeling that this team has a run left in them. So it got me to thinking, where have I seen this all before? [Read more...]

Suns Get Frazzled Against Celtics

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Celtics brought the team from Planet Orange back down to Planet Earth Sunday, and while the re-entry was not entirely unexpected, it was anything but smooth.

The Suns defensively were almost as helpless against the defending World Champions as the lowly Clippers (twice) and the equally lowly Thunder had been against the Suns in the first three games of the Coach Alvin era.

With could-a-been Sun Rajon Rondo leading the way with a career-high 32 points, the Celtics scored literally at will, and pretty much any way they chose. In fact, had they not missed 12 of their 40 free throws they might have had a shot at making the Suns the first team ever to scored 140 in three straight games and give up 140 in the next game. [Read more...]

Roller Coaster Ride, Anyone?

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Needless to say, it’s been an up-and-down week on Planet Orange. Beginning with a plethora of questions about the state of a Suns team just over .500 heading into an All-Star Weekend at home (not to mention the somewhat-expected fixation with Thursday’s trading deadline), the second half of the season got off to a fresh coaching start with the promotion of Alvin Gentry and subsequent three-straight wins.

The word “run” has been used many times in the past when associated with this team, but for the first time in a long while, the mention of it in Gentry’s introductory press conference carried an optimistic feel to it – an optimism that’s been validated with back-to-back-to-back 140-point efforts after Friday’s 140-118 win over the visiting Thunder. Jason Richardson scored a season-high 34 points, while Leandro Barbosa tallied a game- and career-high 41 points to go along with seven boards, seven assists and six steals.

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Run-n-Gun Suns Show For Third Game in a Row

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

This is not a replay! This was another one just like the other one. The other TWO, in fact – a third straight 140-point scoring game that brought back memories of the glory that was Rome (or at least the Italian that used to coach the team). 

Three games into the Coach Alvin era the Suns are AVERAGING better than 140 points a game, and numbers like that would be other worldly even if the Suns weren’t being guarded (which by the way they haven’t been yet in the Coach Alvin era).

Not even the loss of Amar’e Stoudemire for at least eight weeks because of an eye problem was enough to dampen their spirits or cool their jets. And if nothing else, this latest Big Bang should dispel the notion that they are dead in the playoff water without Amar’e. [Read more...]

A Dancer's Calendar Experience

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Our experience making the Suns Dancer Verve calendar was so fun, especially since all 16 of us were featured in the calendar.  When plans were first made to have the calendar we immediately thought, “Wait! There are 12 months in a year but there are 16 dancers on the team!?” So we were so excited to know our calendar was a 16-month calendar. (Plus it saves the fans a few months before buying a new one next year! Ha!)  

The first thing we did was set up times for us to individually meet at Everything But Water (our bathing suit sponsors for the calendar). We tried on just about every suit in the store!! With the help of our coach, each of us chose our top three swimsuits and on our shoot date we would be surprised with the one they picked for us to wear. 

We had two shoot days where half of the team shot one day and the other half shot the next day.  I went on the first day and when I got to Barry’s studio downtown, I was so impressed by how cool and spacious his studio was. We had a separate place for makeup and hair where our own dancer Kayla did all of our makeup (she is an awesome makeup artist!!) and Dolce had two of their stylists ready for hair (they didn’t have to do much to my big crazy hair haha!).  

When it was my turn I had my fingers crossed that the zebra print bathing suit was the one I got to wear and sure enough they picked it as my suit!! I was so excited! Kayla did everyone’s makeup opposite of what they usually do – which turned out amazing and gave us a different look!  Those who wore dark eye shadows she gave light eyes, and those who normally wore light eye shadow she gave dark shadow! I was so excited, after I finished, that I stuck around after my shoot so I could see how awesome the other girls’ shots turned out! 

After that we didn’t know if we would get to see the final shots that they picked of us.  But we were in for a little surprise at our holiday party!  We watched a slideshow and finally found out who was the cover girl, Kayla! And we also saw our three calendar shots along with which month each of us got. I loved every single picture and month! At the end of the slide show we found out what our center page was going to be since everything was a surprise. But I was speechless when my picture came up on the screen as the centerfold!! I definitely didn’t expect it at all!  

We are all so proud to be the first set of Suns Dancers to have ever been a part of a calendar.  I still get so excited each time a fan approaches me at a door with a calendar and marker in hand because this is one of the coolest things I have been a part of.  One day when I have kids I will be able to say to them, “Hey look at what your mom did!” Haha!

Run-and-Fun Continues Away From Home

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(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

For those fans (myself included) who wondered whether the Phoenix Suns would be able to keep up their winning ways with their new coach, Wednesday night’s game was a good test.  Phoenix wouldn’t be playing in front of their home crowd, the newness of the coach had worn off a bit and the players were tired from the game the night before.

And for the first three quarters, it looked as if the Clippers might have a chance.  They scored 19 more points than they did the night before.  But they let the Suns score 2 more points than they did in the previous game.  The final score was 142-119, advantage Suns. [Read more...]

Obama Receives Shaq Shoe Upon Arrival in Phoenix

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When President Barack Obama arrived in Phoenix on Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon gave him what may be his most unique gift in the short time he has been president:  a shoe signed by Shaquille O’Neal.

Gordon’s son, Jake, held the shoe while he was waiting for Obama to arrive and the shoe covered his entire chest.  When the President exited the plane, he was greeted by several people and was given the shoe.  According to HuffingtonPost.com, Obama grinned as he put the Shaq shoe next to his own.  Since he is such a big basketball fan, maybe the next gift he should receive when he comes to Arizona is a chance to suit up and practice with the Suns.

See all of the pictures of President Obama’s arrival at sports.ktar.com.