Good Times Roll Again in Phoenix

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Only three letters and one punctuation mark to describe Coach Alvin’s debut: W-O-W! Okay, given that it was the Clippers, make that w-o-w. 

One day of practice under a new coach couldn’t make that much of a technical difference, but apparently a day away from the old coach like a month in the country for the Suns, and seemed to make an enormous difference in the team’s attitude. 

They haven’t looked this relaxed and full of fire all year. They not only ran but they positively soared and swaggered, and the fans clearly ate it up. The numbers alone were mind numbing — 33 fast break points, 90 points in the paint (WAY in the paint, with 34 of the team’s 56 hoops coming on lay-ups), and a whopping 58-21 edge on the boards. 

And if Coach Alvin hadn’t rested his regulars in the final 15 minutes or so the Suns would have made a strong run at the franchise record 173 points set in Denver in 1990. [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It: All-Star '09

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The Suns.com crew were insomniacs during the NBA All-Star Weekend as we covered nearly anything and everything going down around town. With so many photos, stories, and videos being cranked out, you may have missed some great stuff. So here’s a quick recap of some of our best links from All-Star ’09…

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Spy in the Skybox: Sunday Night Edition

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It’s finally the day we’ve all been waiting for.  There has been a lot of build-up and tons of great stuff put out by Suns.com.  With 9 people roaming around Phoenix and reporting everything they’ve experienced on Suns.com, you can check out what was happening at All-Star Weekend even if you weren’t able to attend yourself.  But everything that we’ve done during the past week was to prepare for tonight’s game.  For three hours, you’ll be able to watch arguably the best basketball players in the world play together on one court.  For basketball fans, there isn’t much better than this.  

Check back throughout the evening for live updates on the game and events in the arena that you may not see on TV.
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JAY-Z, LeBron James and Sprite Green Donate 150 Instruments to the Mesa Arts Academy in Arizona

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Cavaliers forward LeBron James may not have been involved in the dunk contest on Saturday, but he was putting his time towards a good cause. The NBA superstar along with Grammy-award winning artist Jay-Z and Sprite Green donated over 150 instruments to the Mesa Arts Academy in Mesa, Arizona. [Read more...]

Stern Gives Address to the Media



Stern created a legacy that will live on forever for Bill Russell on Saturday.
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It’s never a dull moment with NBA Commissioner David Stern, and as he held his annual press conference before All-Saturday tipped off, he had yet another trick up his sleeve. Although the Commissioner provided a full recap of everything occurring around the league, the main story of the event was the honoring of one of the greatest basketball legends of all-time. [Read more...]

What Might Have Been

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Watching the kind of attention being paid to the Suns in media around the country during All-Star Week reminds me of the story of a man’s comment as he was being ridden out of town on a rail:

“If it wasn’t for the honor,” he said, “I’d just as soon walk”. [Read more...]

Spy in the Skybox: Saturday Night Edition

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It’s time for All-Star Saturday Night!  And Suns.com’s Dan Hilton (and possibly some special guests from other Suns.com crew members located throughout the building) will be providing live coverage of the event from high above the rafters at the US Airways Center.  Check back throughout the event to get information you won’t see anywhere else on the web! [Read more...]

Stars Give Favorite Shaq Stories

It's well known that Shaq is a clown, but the Hornets' David West claims that he's a psychic. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

it's well known that Shaq is a clown, but the Hornets' David West claims that he's a psychic. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

With Shaq acting as host for 2009 NBA All-Star, Suns.com thought it would be appropriate for some if his guests – other All-Stars from around the league – to reflect on their favorite memories of the Big Cactus. Let’s hear what they had to say: [Read more...]

Shaq at All-Star: In His Own Words

O'Neal was "Shaquacious" with the media today. (David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images)

O'Neal was "Shaquacious" with the media today. (David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images)

As one of the most dominant players to ever play the game on the court and one of the most charismatic to chat with off of it, the media rolled over in droves to hear what Suns center Shaquille O’Neal had to say about his 15th All-Star appearance. 

Suns.com was on hand to record every second of the Big Cactus’ meeting with the press today, so we thought we’d provide you with some of the best snippets. Below is Shaq in his own words: [Read more...]

Shooting the Breeze

LB named Allen and Kapono as two of the league’s best shooters.
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Shooting used to be a prerequisite to being an NBA player. Then it became a passing fad. [Read more...]