Tuesday's Practice Notes

Gentry said Hill has to leave loyalty at the door when picking for the Final Four (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Gentry said Hill has to leave loyalty at the door when picking for the Final Four.
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The Suns ran through a full practice for the first time in almost two weeks. It’s only the second full practice since the acquisition of Stromile Swift on March 4. [Read more...]

Hills Recall Grant's College Playing Days

As a pro, Grant Hill has continued to shine in clutch situations.

While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament may not be officially underway, last Thursday night’s six-overtime game between the University of Connecticut and Syracuse appeared to tip off March Madness in its own unique way. And although a number of current Suns players have partaken in some unforgettable tournament moments of their own, perhaps none has been involved in a more memorable one than veteran forward Grant Hill. [Read more...]

Suns Find Groove Against Warriors

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(Jed Jacobsohn/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Suns don’t have control over their own playoff destiny at this point in the season.  But they did do their part on Sunday night by scoring the most points by an NBA team this season.  And more importantly by beating the Warriors, 154-130.

Jason Richardson and Matt Barnes decided to beat up on their old team by scoring 51 combined points – over 33 percent of the teams total points.  Shaquille O’Neal and Leandro Barbosa add another 47 points to the team’s total.  In fact, every player who stepped on the court for the Suns scored except for Stromile Swift.

With such a high scoring game, one would think that Steve Nash would have the team high in assists.  But that honor went to Matt Barnes, who had a quarter of the team’s total assists.  Nash, however, wasn’t far behind with nine of his own dishes. [Read more...]

A Statman's View of the Suns' Win Over the Thunder

Dudley provided great energy off the bench Saturday. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Dudley provided great energy off the bench Saturday. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Move over ESPN’s John Hollinger. Step aside Suns.com’s Dan Hilton. It appears that there’s a new “Sultan of Stats” in town… me. No, not quite. [Read more...]

LeBron's "Super" Performance Defeats Suns

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Forget the usual suspects. This wasn’t about not enough defense or not enough rebounding, or not enough smarts in crunch time, or not enough depth, or not enough whatever. This was simply a case of too much LeBron and Mo Williams. Especially LeBron. 

LeBron not only registered his third straight triple-double but also reinforced the notion that he should be required to wear a cape with an “S” on it and register as an alien from another planet. I mean it’s been well established he can leap tall buildings at a single bound and is more powerful than a locomotive, but it turns out he’s also faster than a speeding bullet. (Plus he’s taller than Superman). [Read more...]

There's Still Hope

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The conventional wisdom was the Suns either had to win this one or go directly to the lottery without passing go and collecting anything. Well, maybe not directly, but certainly.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that afterwards I was tempted to revive and downgrade the prediction I was most notorious for in my heyday (okay, heyhour) to Suns In Sick. [Read more...]

Steve Nash: Community Champion

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(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

When you think of Steve Nash, there are probably two things that come to mind:  NBA player and community activist.  There are not too many players in the NBA, or even in the sports world as a whole, that do more for their community than Nash.  

Which brings us to the latest Sport BC poll.  The poll lists five athletes and lets visitors select who they think “has made the most extraordinary contribution on and off the field and has inspired others to get involved in sport and do the same.”  If you’re voting based on that description, is there any doubt that Nash should be at the top of the list?  Here are just some of the accomplishments he’s had through his Steve Nash Foundation:

  • BC Grants – Offers grants to youth-focused organizations that foster children’s development
  • Support Hope - 28 students, a 6 person dental team and 5 teachers have undertaken the construction of an extension onto the Child Well-Being Centre (Centro de Bienestar Infantil) in Concepcion, Paraguay.
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball League – Supports over 10,000 participants
  • Arizona Funding – Dedicated to funding one of their primary objectives: early childhood development; working directly with Governer’s office to make sure the funds go where they are needed most.
  • Conservation Efforts – An entire section of his Foundation web site focused solely on conservation efforts throughout the world.

Sure, it’s easy to focus on one area and help the people that you directly come in contact with.  But Nash and his foundation do more than that.  They help people in many different countries and in several different areas.  Is there anyone more deserving of the title “Community Champion” than Steve Nash?  If you agree, you can vote for Nash through Wednesday.  Go vote now!

Return to 7 Seconds or Less

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(Kevork Djansezian/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Suns are back to Seven Seconds or Less and after a 4-2 record since replacing Terry Porter with Alvin Gentry, it seems to be working because they lit up the scoreboard for 642 points and an average of 128 points per game prior to the Lakers loss Thursday night. Looks like this collection of players got accustomed to playing only one way, especially with Steve Nash running the show.

The thought of scoring 140 points in three games in a row after the change in coaches and philosophy had a lot of basketball enthusiasts shaking their heads in disbelief, but this is who the Suns are and they have welcomed the change with an exuberance that has Phoenix fans feeling hopeful about the playoffs despite losing Amare Stoudemire to an eye injury for eight weeks.

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For Me, A Dream Coach

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Most flights with the Suns are spent in the back of the plane, sifting through articles and notes, chatting with my producer (Bob Adlhoch) and director (Dan Siekmann).  It’s a way to get ahead of the game and accomplish some of the tedious work that comes with preparing for each broadcast.  But my routine took a detour as we flew cross-country to Orlando for the start of a 4-game road trip.  An uninvited, yet welcome, visitor came back to hang with us “media guys.”  He spent nearly an hour talking politics, movies, sitcoms (30 Rock was a popular show among the group), and spinning unforgettable stories.  That visitor was Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry! [Read more...]

Shaq, Hill Carry Suns Past Lakers

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal continues to amaze! In fact, let’s upgrade that to exponentially amaze! It was pretty amazing earlier this year when the 37-year-old center turned the clock back to his glory year in Miami, but now he seems to have turned it all the way back to his glory years in Los Angeles when he and Kobe were winning all those titles.
Sunday he followed up his 45-point assault on the Raptors with a 33-point output against the Lakers to power the Suns to not only their most satisfying victory of the year but perhaps the most significant one. [Read more...]