From the All-Star Skybox


When something big comes around like the All-Star game or the playoffs, the crew isn’t satisfied with just sitting in the newsroom watching the game on TV while simultaneously working. So long before I started working here, the department was given permission to work from what used to be the Organ Loft of the arena. We’ve begun calling it the “Skybox.”

The Skybox isn’t perfect by any means. We can’t see the scoreboard above the court, we’re higher than even the nosebleed seats and there is no elevator so we get to carry all of our computers, cameras and any other equipment we may have up several flights of stairs. But it’s definitely better than listening to the crowd have a good time and knowing we are at the arena but not really experiencing the game! [Read more...]

5 Questions With Hall of Famer Rick Barry

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2009 NBA All-Star officially tipped off in Phoenix on Wednesday and one of the events that signified the beginning of the celebration was the appearance of Hall of Famer Rick Barry at the Suns Team Shop located inside the US Airways Center. The eight-time All-Star, who played for the Warriors, Nets and Rockets during his professional career, signed autographs for fans for an hour as the NBA debuted its All-Star merchandise in the team shop.

Barry, who was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, allowed to fire five questions in his direction about a variety of topics that included 2009 NBA All-Star, his playing days and where the basketball talent lies within his family.

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Suns Greats to Judge 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Larry Nance

Saturday’s 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will have a decidedly Suns feel to it. All-Star Saturday’s annual jamming exhibition will be judged by a cast of celebrated former Suns standouts. [Read more...]

Nash Discusses Suns, LeBron, Soccer with Dan Patrick

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(Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images)

Steve Nash called into the Dan Patrick show on Wednesday morning and discussed several topics with Patrick, despite being asked several hard questions about himself and the team.

  • About halfway through the interview, Patrick asked Nash whether he thought the Suns were better under Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system as opposed to Terry Porter’s system.  Right after the question was asked, Nash’s phone conveniently started breaking up and the connection was lost.  That got a big laugh out of the radio show team and they wondered whether athletes had a “static button” on their phones that they could push when they were asked difficult questions.  Nash did end up calling back a minute later and resumed his answer. [Read more...]

"Thunder" to Rain Down at NBA’s All-Star Celebrity Game


Celestially, if you’re going with the “stars,” you have to expect a little “Thunder,” too. 

Suns assistant coach Dan Majerle will throw down the clipboard, do his best Superman impression (sorry, Dwight Howard) and rip off the suit and tie to return to action for the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday night.

From center court at Jam Session, “Thunder Dan” will join a stellar list of expected Hollywood stars that includes actors Chris Tucker, James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”), Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) and Michael Rapaport (“Prison Break”), as well as defending celebrity MVP and NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. [Read more...]

Tamia Makes Good on Anthem Deal


Suns forward Grant Hill sacrifices his body on the court every game for the good of the team. Last season, the veteran took one for the fans during the taping of TV’s Phoenix Suns Home Court. Hill jumped into his pool fully clothed after his wife, Tamia, agreed to sing the National Anthem at US Airways Center before a Suns game in exchange.

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Suns Dancer Kayla Appears in SI Swimsuit Issue



Known for her moves on the court, Suns Dancer Kayla is also making moves off the court.

The world-famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition chose Kayla to be one of the 10 women featured in its section of NBA dancers this year. Although it was a huge honor for the Gilbert, AZ, native, she found the entire ordeal to be a bit overwhelming.

“It’s kind of nerve-racking,” she said. “Because in my interview they asked me how it would feel to have your picture seen by 50 to 150 million people.” [Read more...]

Tale of Two Games

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(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

If the Suns’ version of Dr. Jekyll played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night, their re-enactment of Mr. Hyde showed up on Monday against the Philadelphia 76er’s.  Whether it was the fact that they played the night before, that the team was ready to get back to a home that is preparing for the All-Star game or that the Sixers really wanted this win, the Suns just couldn’t get a handle on the game.

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Experience NBA All-Star Jam Session This Week


It’s been a dream of mine to participate in an NBA All-Star Weekend since I started watching the NBA when I was about 11 years old.  The thought of being surrounded by the best basketball players on the planet was something amazing – and was also something I had only been able to dream about.  I wasn’t in Phoenix in 1975 or 1995 – the other two times the All-Star game was in town.  And I didn’t really have the means to travel to other All-Star games as I got older.

But now the All-Star game is in our beautiful city again and I’m going to experience everything I can during this week.  One of the things anyone and everyone can do to participate in the All-Star experience is attend NBA All-Star Jam Session to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center starting February 12 and going through February 16.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Jam Session before, there are games for everyone including contests on dribbling, shooting and dunking.  The Harlem Globetrotters will be attending showing off their skills.  Several NBA players will be there signing autographs for free including Amar’e Stoudemire, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant, Dan Majerle and Steve Nash.  And you can pick up the latest NBA All-Star merchandise at the NBA Store.

I’ll be taking my wife and kids to the Jam Session when Jam Session opens and my kids are already excited about the experience.  What eight-year-old wouldn’t want to show off his skills in front of everyone else as he tries his hand at dunking the ball, shooting free throws or dribbling through an obstacle course?  Especially when there is the possibility he’ll see one of the premier basketball players in the game today?

There is a lot more info about the Jam Session online.  I’m not going to miss this event.  You shouldn’t either.  See you there!

And the Winner Is…Lightning Lou

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

The polling on the website is finished and Lightning Lou is the newly appointed nickname. I like the name, although I am slightly dissapointed that my personal favorite, Thor, didn’t even crack the top five. I probably should have mentioned this before the whole poll was finished as it might have swayed some fans on the fence. But if it’s lightning you like, let me point out that Thor defeats his enemies using his giant hammer, which also has the power of lightning.  I know this because I Googled it, and consulted with Robin Lopez on my findings. I also learned that Thor is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ that has dropped 50% of it’s value in the past five months, and also a company that produces quality motocross jerseys, pants, and gloves. This informtion may or may not be relevant, I haven’t decided yet.

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