Trent Madsen is the kind of guy that is used to making a statement. One of the more aerially-gifted members of the Verve Sol Patrol, fans will know him as the guy with the No. 44 jersey that dunks off trampolines with the Gorilla during timeouts. [Read more...]
A lot of heroes in this one, as no fewer than seven Suns made major contributions to the team’s sixth straight victory. But the hero of heroes had to be Grant Hill, and not just because he led all scorers with 26 points.
Hill has been the most consistently effective player on this team all year, as he and Shaquille O’ Neal continue to collaborate on one of the best and most surprising comeback dramas of this or any other season.
I’ve often lamented that Hill is so smooth and does so many things so well he doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for the team’s resurgence. But just one play in this game probably blew his “cover” — and also demonstrated why his smarts are as big a part of his game as his multiple skills. [Read more...]
I don’t know how they feel about it (my guess is they probably don’t care), but if I were the Lakers I’d be doing some serious scoreboard watching the next few weeks and cheering AGAINST whatever team Dallas is playing and FOR whatever team the Suns are playing.
I’m not saying the Lords of the Western Realm should be quaking in their sneakers at the prospect of facing either contender for the eighth seed, but I AM saying that the Mavs would amount to a bye, whereas the Suns… [Read more...]
Planet Orange is going green as part of NBA Green Week (April 2-10).
On April 1st, the Phoenix Suns will partner with APS for Planet Orange Goes Green Night. The team has committed to providing an “eco-friendly” match-up against Houston, plus many more environmentally-themed activities throughout the game.
To add to the evening’s festivities, the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a re-usable Planet Orange Goes Green tote bag courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Phoenix Suns players will be wearing 100% organic cotton shooting shirts featuring the official NBA Green Week logo and Waste Management is also joining the mission by providing 100% organic cotton t-shirts for the in-game t-shirt toss.
When fans use public transportation to get to the game on April 1st, it could earn them autographed Suns merchandise. Fans who present their bus or light rail receipt at one of the tables on the US Airways Center Plaza or Bud Light Paseo by tip-off will be entered into a drawing for a team autographed basketball made from 40% recycled rubber or an autographed Steve Nash Trash Talk basketball shoe! (Remember that US Airways does not have the ability to check bags at the door. Please plan accordingly.)
Where would a Suns fan head to watch forward Lou Amundson recite “Ice, Ice, Baby?” Well, the annual Suns & Stars Gala of course. [Read more...]
Don’t think for a second that Amar’e Stoudemire was out of mind and out of sight, just because he couldn’t see out of one of his eyes. The Suns All-Star made his return to the arena Saturday for the first time since his operation on Feb. 20. But this time, he was decked out in some serious shades. [Read more...]
This one really wasn’t much to blog about. I mean, beating up on a badly depleted team that wasn’t all that strong even in its pre-depletion days isn’t exactly the kind of thing that calls for fireworks and dancing in the streets.
But having said that, it was a lot of fun, and there was more than enough joy to go around for all 12 players on the active roster. And more importantly, the victory gave the Suns their first four-game winning streak of the season and moved them to within three-and-a-half lengths of Dallas in the race for the final playoff spot in the West. (Yes, there is TOO a race). [Read more...]
The Suns’ push for the postseason just got a little tougher today when Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson announced that Leandro Barbosa suffered a proximal tibial bone bruise Wednesday night. [Read more...]
Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr took some time over the past few days to answer questions fans have sent in. Check out the questions and Kerr’s answers below.
This was one for the ages — 37, 36, and 35 to be precise. There was 37-year-old Shaquille O’Neal with 26 points and 11 rebounds. And there was 36-year-old Grant Hill with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. And there was 35-year-old Steve Nash with 24 points and 10 assists.
What’s even more remarkable about how well these old (ancient in basketball age) guys are playing is that it was widely regarded that their future was well behind two of them, and that while the other one still had a few good days in him his best years were also in the rear view mirror.
But here they are powering a late push they hope will carry the Suns into the playoffs. [Read more...]