There’s No Business Like Steve’s Business

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Check out the February issue of Fast Company magazine for writer Chuck Salter’s article on Steve Nash’s non-basketball business interests, which include a little bit of everything these days. [Read more...]

Suns Get Monkey Off Their Back

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Everything that’s been wrong with the Suns is right again! At least for now.

Execution, defense, rebounding, ball handling, and energy, all the minuses that have plagued the team during its’ six-week slide, were almost magically turned into the very plusses that enabled them to get one of the oddest monkeys in professional team sports (i.e., 18 straight losses on TNT) off their backs. [Read more...]

Suns Lose in Overtime to Bobcats

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Some would say the Suns are in the midst of an identity crisis, but what I say to that is they should be so lucky.

A much more disturbing possibility is that they know exactly who they are.

And of course there can be no doubt about WHERE they are, namely with one foot on a slippery slope and the other on an oil slick. [Read more...]

Trade Talk 101



With the trade deadline approaching fast, Kerr and the front office have been receiving a lot of calls recently.
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It’s that time of the year again. With the trade deadline a mere month away, the rumor mill has officially begun to churn about which teams around the league are looking to make moves or trade away some of their personnel. [Read more...]

Lack of Defense Leads to Suns Loss

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One of the bromides baseball managers find most soothing after a loss is, “Some nights you’ve just got to tip your cap to the other guys.”

And although there are no caps in hoops, let us tip ours anyway to the Chicago Bulls for a brilliant effort at both ends of the court, and fire a 21-cap salute to Derrick Rose, who has been a thorn in Phoenix’s side ever since he came into the league.

Rose not only scored 32 points, but needed only 21 shots to do it, and many of those were highlight quality. And an especially deep doff of the cap to the Bulls for bottling up Steve Nash, which is the basketball equivalent of putting toothpaste in the tube. [Read more...]

A Sign of Relief

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Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty

This was a Must game, although assuredly not the conventional sense. This was Must as in “must not come remotely close to losing”. And given the circumstances it is not surprising that Coach Alvin sounded almost as relieved as pleased.

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Lineup Changes Here to Stay… Vs. Nets, Anyway

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The Suns’ starting lineup changes in Monday’s getaway game in Memphis weren’t enough to salvage the 0-4 road trip, but that doesn’t mean the team is “one and done” when it comes to juggling the roster spots. [Read more...]

No reason for panic over Suns’ recent struggles

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(Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty Images)

Right now, the Suns are about to find out if they are the team they truly believe they are.

That’s just the way it works when you’ve lost four in a row — as the Suns have now done following a 125-118 setback to Memphis on Martin Luther King Day. All four losses have come on the road, and three of them (Indiana, Atlanta, Memphis) were relatively close.

The biggest problem lately has been defense, and that comes straight from Coach Alvin Gentry. Also, in the loss to Memphis, the Suns committed 16 turnovers that resulted in 23 points. [Read more...]

Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Running This Saturday

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Before this Saturday’s 5 p.m. road game in Charlotte, head over to Turf Paradise for the annual running of the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile – a stakes race named in honor of the late Suns Ring of Honor coaching great who was an avid horse-racing fan and a frequent patron of the racetrack. [Read more...]

Suns Look for Answers for Blown Leads

(Courtesy of Alvin Gentry)

(Courtesy of Alvin Gentry)

It wasn’t like we were just handed the Pentagon Papers or the original copy of the Mitchell Report, but when Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry gave fellow members of the media and I a printout that breaks down the recent epidemic of blown leads, it caught our attention. [Read more...]