Intriguing Summer Awaits Suns

The Suns' Aaron Brooks and Jared Dudley.

As a longtime NBA fan, it’s off-seasons like the one facing the Suns that I’ve always found fascinating.

Honest. [Read more...]

Dudley Changing Offseason Workout



Dudley came back in 2010-11 (left) lighter and leaner than in 2009-10 (right).
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After chasing around Kobe Bryant during the entire Western Conference Finals last season, Suns swingman Jared Dudley made a pact with himself. He was going to return for the 2010-11 season a new man with a new body.

When Dudley showed up at US Airways Center this past September, the work that he put in over the offseason was visibly apparent the second you saw him. The former Boston College standout was a cardio animal last summer, running and participating in intense basketball drills in order to become quicker, more agile and better prepared to guard freaky athletic perimeter players.

He dropped over 15 pounds and worked on his mid-range game. Dudley spent hour upon hour working on his pull-up jumper off the dribble, which enabled him to help Steve Nash put pressure on the defense this season.

The effort paid off for the 6-7 swingman. Dudley posted a career-high in points (10.6), rebounds, steals and blocks, while starting a career-high 15 games.

He even set a career high in dunks. You can see those beauties by clicking here.

However, the four-year veteran is vowing not to become complacent. After all the work he did to trim down last season, Dudley said he’s going to switch things up and hit the weight room… hard.

“I didn’t lift one time last summer,” he said. “This summer, I’ll probably will lift four times a week.”

The reasoning behind hitting the weight room?

“Muscle is always better than fat,” he said semi-seriously, semi-jokingly.

Maybe Dudley will come back looking more like this next season?



Dudley is here to “pump you up.”

West to Represent Suns at Lottery

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Although the Suns have a low-percentage chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Lottery, they are sending someone who is known for succeeding at a high percentage. [Read more...]

Cleaning Out My Locker

Gortat is the kind of center the Suns haven't had in a long time.

Well.

Having spent the last few weeks devoting every iota, every fiber of my being, to rooting against the Lakers, I finally have a little time on my hands. So I’m venturing into US Airways Center to at last clean out my locker from the 2010-2011 NBA season. Things tend to pile up during the course of six or seven months, and to be honest, I don’t do the best job of keeping my Superfan locker neat and orderly, so I have no idea what I’ll find…

Hey, here’s a Hedo Turkoglu Suns jersey, barely worn. And this looks like his playbook. I wonder why he wrote all this stuff in the margins… “Orlando roolz….I (heart) Orlando…Dwight, do you miss me?”

Speaking of playbooks, here’s Earl Clark’s. Wow, the spine really cracked when I opened it, like it had never been opened before.

Here’s Jason Richardson’s basketball card from 2006, when he was with Golden State. Twenty-three points per game. Say, that’s pretty good!

A whole folder of Josh Childress’ take-out menus from Italian restaurants. That are actually in Italy. Someone’s been remembering the good times, looks like.

A note from Gani Lawal’s agent outlining their strategy for convincing the Suns to keep him on for next season: “Emphasize league-leading shooting percentage.” It’s true, he didn’t miss a single shot all season. Then again, he didn’t take a shot, either.

Garret Siler’s food journal. Man, that’s a lot of soy!

What’s Frederic Weis doing in here? Boy, Vince Carter really does carry this guy with him everywhere he goes.

A letter from Yuta Tabuse to Zabian Dowdell…It’s written in Japanese, but I think I can translate it… “Hang in there…You never know.”

A half-full glass of Goran Dragic’s potential. I wonder why he didn’t use the whole thing while he was here? Oh well. I hope he took the rest to Houston with him.

I’m not sure if I’m reading these papers correctly…It looks like academic correspondence between Channing Frye and mathematicians at MIT discussing precise angles and trajectories for jump shots about twenty-three feet away from he basket. I guess that explains a lot about his last few seasons.

Jeez, this is heavy…a whole case of batteries for Jared Dudley’s iPhone. The man does love his Twitter.

This looks like a letter Marcin Gortat never got around to mailing home to Poland. “Dear Mom: Can you believe they’ve never had a center like me on this team before?”

Uh oh. Here’s Robin Lopez’s confidence. I thought I gave this to him at the start of the season. My bad, everybody. I’ll get it back to him before training camp, I promise.

The pawn shop receipt for Aaron Brooks’ “2009-2010 Most Improved Player” award. Boy, I sure hope he gets that back, and soon.

One lottery ticket, issued to Robert Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks and Alvin Gentry. And it’s in a little box with all these rabbits’ feet and four-leaf clovers…

A big, big box of thank you cards, messages of support, and letters of appreciation for Suns President Rick Welts. I don’t think he’s actually received these yet. But he will. Very soon. And he deserves them.

And finally…

Hey, what’s this buried way in the back here, covered by blankets? Looks like some kind of art or something. Lots of dust on them…Holy cow, I think these are portrait paintings of Steve Nash and Grant Hill! But the guys are painted to look like they’re 450 years old! I wonder if I should show these to them…Nah, I think I’ll just put them back where they were, keep them for next season, and forget I ever saw them.

HOOP Catches Up With Rodney Rogers

His stay in Phoenix was a relatively short one, but that doesn’t mean it was any less memorable.

Rodney Rogers, who was named the 1999-2000 NBA Sixth Man of the Year in his first of three seasons with the Suns, was recently featured in the March/April issue of HOOP Magazine. The forward talked about the strength of his family, his basketball career and how his outlook on life has changed since his 2008 all-terrain vehicle accident that left him a quadriplegic. [Read more...]

Coming Soon: Steve Nash Documentary

No stranger to appearing in front of the camera, look for the upcoming Steve Nash documentary.

When he’s not producing documentaries, he’s starring in them…

Steve Nash moves back in front of the camera as the subject of an upcoming documentary aptly titled, “Nash.” Produced by Crunchtime Films in association with Donnelly Films, CLICK HERE to check out the film’s teaser. [Read more...]

Hill Aids First Lady in Promoting Fitness

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The Suns’ Grant Hill joined first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Monday as she announced three new physical fitness opportunities for military families. [Read more...]

Nash to Receive 2011 International Award

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St-Boniface Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg, Canada announced today that it will present its prestigious 2011 International Award to Suns point guard Steve Nash at a gala dinner on Monday, September 12, 2011. [Read more...]

NBA Draft Lottery: May 17

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will strike a familiar lottery pose on May 17.

Let’s assume the Suns stay right where they are expected in the May 17 lottery, and end up with the No. 13 pick in the draft.

And that’s OK. [Read more...]

Energy Win D-League Title

League MVP Curtis Stinson hoists the Energy's championship trophy.

With all due respect to those who usually can’t get behind watching tape-delayed sporting events, this one ended up being one worth staying up late for… if you’re an Iowa Energy fan, that is. [Read more...]