Cover Blown

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

This is not good!

Only the very casual residents of Planet Orange would make the mistake of celebrating the crushing of the Warriors, a crushing made all the “worse” by 20 assists from their old point guard and six straight threes by their new center.

So what’s not to like?

Well, consider this: One of the best things the Suns have going for them is that the experts see them as clinging to the bottom rung of the playoff ladder in the West this season. And by one hand, yet! And this is great news for a franchise that has always done its best when the least was expected. Overachieving is in its genes. (So, alas, is underachieving). [Read more...]

A Coach Without a Team

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Eric Musselman is entering his third season without a job in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he is no longer a coach.

In fact, Musselman has spent the past two years meticulously studying every NBA team. That includes the Suns.

And he’s one man who is not surprised that the Suns looked good — and were victorious — in their season-opener against Clippers. [Read more...]

R U ORNG? – Show your true colors!

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Let everyone you work with know your true colors.  You can now install a skin on your Firefox browser that not only shows the Suns colors, it also gives you one-click access to all of your favorite sections on the web site including the Schedule, Roster, PlanetOrange.net and Videos.  Visit BrandThunder.com/suns to get it now.

Practice Court Report: 10/27



Gentry likes that Collins didn’t attend Appalachian St.
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As the Suns open the season in L.A. against the Clippers tomorrow, they’ll have an asset off the bench that they didn’t have at the beginning of the week. Phoenix was awarded 6-11 Jarron Collins off of waivers from Portland yesterday, beefing the frontline up a little around the basket. [Read more...]

Predictions for the 2009-10 Suns



Frye and Stoudemire should make for a potent frontcourt attack.
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From the basketball writer that predicted the Y2K hoax and Balloon Boy’s whereabouts, Suns.com’s Stefan Swiat will lay his already shattered reputation on the line to predict with all uncertainty, how the Suns will fare this season. Brace yourselves to see the limb he will not go out on: [Read more...]

Perchance to Dream

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Thinking about the upcoming 2009-2010 NBA season, I got to wondering how many people, prior to the 1975-1976 season, thought the Suns had the remotest chance of being anything other than an afterthought in the league. Sports Illustrated didn’t. In a season preview that year, the magazine picked the Suns fifth in their five-team division, noting that the teams ranked above them all had centers among the finest in the league. The Suns, the editors reasoned in their barely-a-paragraph’s-worth-of-coverage, wouldn’t be able to defend bigger teams and would wither under their physical assault. After all, their only notable additions that offseason were a slender, undersized, rookie pivotman named Alvan Adams and a heretofore unheralded backup guard named Paul Westphal. [Read more...]

A Go Story (aka a Shameless Suns Halloween Headline)

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It’s almost enough to even make the Suns Gorilla scream out in fright.

Earlier this month, the Suns closed out training camp in San Diego by checking out of the team hotel. That’s fortunate, because some guests never leave. [Read more...]

Steve Kerr, Sam Amico and Around the NBA

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(Jeff Vinnick/NBAE/Getty Images)

Steve Kerr is entering his third year as general manager of the Suns, who are looking to make a return to the playoffs with some old faces and new acquisitions. Kerr took some time to address the roster with Suns.com:

Suns.com: What are your overall impressions of the team heading into the season?

Steve Kerr: I’m excited about our team. They’ve worked hard, they’re playing together and they’ve formed a great chemistry. We have a lot of good young players who are in the process of developing, which is exciting. [Read more...]

Stevemania



Nash’s teammates warmed up the crowd for his dramatic entrance.
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The best moment of the trip was when the players were waiting on the bus for Nash as he was finishing speaking to a group of children after the completion of the game. The bus was parked about 15 feet away from the exit of the arena and there was a barricade on each side holding a ton of fans back from the players as they attempted to board the bus. [Read more...]

Suns in Vancouver: Top 10 Notes



You don’t see this everyday in the States.
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The Suns are in Vancouver, Canada as they get ready to face the Trail Blazers in their final preseason contest. Check out some interesting tidbits from their trip. [Read more...]