Positives and Pitfalls

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(P.A. Molumby/NBAE/Getty Images)

With the preseason winding down, I still don’t have a solid feel for how good the Suns are going to be this season.

The operative word is HOW. I know they are going to be GOOD. Certainly good enough to return to the playoffs after a one-year absence, but how much better than that, if any, is a different question.

And maybe there are some clues to be found in last year when, even though they went the first part of the season with a coach who wasn’t a good philosophical fit for them nor they for him, and the whole season with a center who, despite surprisingly good numbers actually cramped their style, and lost their leading scorer in February the Suns STILL won 46 games and led the league in scoring. [Read more...]

Suns Win Over Fans in Mexico

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Sunday’s 116-94 loss in Monterrey, Mexico, may have understandably left the now 3-3 preseason Suns disappointed, but the nearly 10,000 fans in attendance at Arena Monterrey were hard pressed to not find something to enjoy in this game. [Read more...]

An International Incident: The Good Kind

Head Coach Alvin Gentry poses with the Suns Dancers at Saturday's U.S. Consulate party.

Head Coach Alvin Gentry poses with the Suns Dancers at Saturday's U.S. Consulate party.

On Saturday night, the Suns returned to the United States… well, for an hour, anyway. [Read more...]

Going to Mexico to Go Irish

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After a late Friday night via international charter, the Suns and 76ers tipped off their first day in Mexico with a different kind of exhibition at Monterrey’s Irish Institute. [Read more...]

First Look at Suns Gives Hope

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Ordinarily one doesn’t expect to make too much of what happens in pre-season games. And this being really a “pre” pre-season affair, one would think one would expect to make even less.

Wrong!

As it turns out, there was one significant and highly encouraging thing to take away from this one.  Namely and to wit, that the coach and the team are on the same page. Last year, you will remember, the coach and the team were not even in the same book. [Read more...]

The Scoop on 2009 Training Camp

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Well the 2009 Training Camp is in the books and right now, I’m just glad we got through it. It was kind of how we expected coming in here with Alvin Gentry. Obviously, there was a lot of going up and down the court and a lot of working on our conditioning. Everybody went hard the entire time and it was just nice once we got through the two-a-days.

The rookies came along well. Earl Clark and Taylor Griffin are both doing great and you can see from the beginning of camp to the end of camp, they both made improvements. And that’s what it’s really about, making improvements. Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran, you should approach training camp as an opportunity to improve and should focus on doing that each and every day. [Read more...]

And That's That

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From San Diego two-a-days, down to one-a-days to now none-a-days, consider Suns training camp officially closed. [Read more...]

Suns Entertain in Scrimmage

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For a week designed to bring the team together, Saturday was all about splitting it up. [Read more...]

A Little Solitude: A Man and His Hoop

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For someone in constant demand both on and off the court, it’s almost refreshing to see Steve Nash play to what could be his favorite audience… an empty house. [Read more...]

A Fresh Perspective

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Hey what’s going on out there in Bloggersville, USA? I know it’s been some time since my last post but I’ve had a pretty eventful summer. On May 7, I lost my grandmother, so I needed personal time with the family to work through the loss. She was 85 years old and meant the world to me. It took my entire family by surprise because she was very healthy and getting around like a woman half her age. She was the matriarch of our family and was one of the most influential people in my life. Everyone who’s ever met her, fell in love with her. She was very grandmother-like but was real “hip” on the times. Much Love to everyone for your prayers and acts of kindness. I really appreciated them. Especially those from my Suns and Bay area Families. You guys are the best! Love ya Gran. Miss ya. [Read more...]