At 12 p.m. ET tonight, the free agent-market floodgates will burst open and the Suns front office plans on being among the teams who plan to have a raft as the waters spill forth. [Read more...]
The one thing constant in the NBA is change and that changed swept over the organization when the Suns traded away center Shaquille O’Neal to the Cavaliers for center Ben Wallace, swingman Sasha Pavlocic, cash considerations and a second-round pick. [Read more...]
In 1997, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, the NBA recognized what they believed to be its “50 Greatest Players in NBA History.” [Read more...]
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With the 2009 NBA Draft exactly a week away, a culmination of over a year’s worth of preparation will conclude this week as the Suns’ front office fine-tunes its selection strategy. With one lottery pick and two second-rounders, Phoenix is poised to infuse some fresh basketball blood into the organization. [Read more...]
(Photo Courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)
Just when you thought Shaquille O’Neal had run out of firsts, “Diesel” trumps us again during his summer vacation.
The All-Star Suns center served as Grand Marshal for the Bombardier Learjet 550k at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, while also trying his hand as a member of a pit crew during a simulated pit stop prior to the IndyCar Series race. Armed with an air wrench, Shaq reportedly weathered some early challenges to finally get the better of one of the 50-pound tire changes.
The big man also joined three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford in the pace car that led the field to the green flag, tipping off the start of the race.
“It was phenomenal,” O’Neal told the Texas Motor Speedway. “I can see why it’s the No. 1 sport. I feel like a little kid in a candy store.
“When it comes to being an athlete, of course it’s nice to have the physical part but being an athlete is more mental than anything. It’s not easy driving 228 laps trying to be safe and from that point of view I would say they are phenomenal athletes.”
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Flown down to Orlando for Game 3 of the Finals between the Magic and Lakers, the two-time NBA MVP armed himself with a microphone and a camera crew to film segments for air on Wednesday’s episode of the late-night talk show.
After being oh-so-gently reminded by Dave he has yet to actually play in the Finals during his in-studio appearance, Steve got the chance to show off his special-correspondent skills with footage that included:
Phoenix Suns all-star point guard Steve Nash will continue his in-depth analysis of the NBA postseason by becoming a correspondent for the “Late Show with David Letterman”.
So far, Steve is 0 for 1 on his predictions this postseason. When asked who will win the championship in a yahoo.com sports blog back on May 22nd, Nash responded, “I feel like it’s Cleveland’s year because their chemistry is so good.”
Nash will get a chance at redemption when he flies to Orlando to cover Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday June 9th.
After the game, Steve will fly back to New York to report to the “Late Show”. The Nash visit will air on CBS at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 10th.
The summer has been busy as Nash has been promoting his charity “Football for Good” and vacationing in South America. To read the blog, get more information on “Football for Good”, or just see how Steve is doing, check out his page at www.facebook.com/stevenash.
Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr checks in with Suns.com about his travels in Europe. Check back throughout the week for more updates.
The Reebok camp in Treviso is a great way to see the top European talent in an intimate setting over a 3 day period. There are several non Euro players here as well – Patty Mills from St. Mary’s being the most renowned – so the camp does seem to broadening in a global sense. Patrick Beverly and Terence Oglesby are both here – Beverly played at Arkansas and Oglesby at Clemson – so we’re even seeing American college players use the camp as an opportunity to be seen.
The camp also features outstanding coaching, with both American and European coaches running clinics and drills. Some of the names you’d recognize are Bob Hurley, Fran Fraschilla, and Jack Sikma.
There are drills in the morning and 5 on 5 games in the late afternoons and evenings. It’s great to see players play 3 or 4 games in just a few days. You get an all encompassing view of a player’s game and personality that would normally take months of scouting to compile.
We need to make the NBA Combine more like the Reebok camp – 5 on 5 games, real basketball games, real officiating. It’s much better than the 3 on 3 team workouts we’re conducting right now to prepare for the draft. We could learn a thing or two from these guys over here!
Always managing to keep himself busy over the summer with either his love for soccer or love for filmmaking, Suns guard Steve Nash has found a way to combine the two passions in his latest video promoting the game.
There is also a good cause behind the videos other than raising awareness for the sport itself. The video raises awareness for the “Football-For-Good” program which Nash says he hopes can, “help bring community centered academy football to children in war effected regions.”
“I’ve made a viral video to drive people to our community center and soccer academy project in Uganda’s website,” Nash said in a statement to the Suns. “There’s also a contest attached to win a trip to the ‘Showdown in Chinatown’ – my charity soccer match.”
With a donation of just $5, fans will be entered to join Nash at this year’s “Showdown in Chinatown” – an event that pits some of the world’s top soccer and basketball stars in New York City. Last year at the event, Nash was joined by fellow NBA stars Leandro Barbosa, Baron Davis and Jason Kidd.