Happy Old Year, Suns fans

Happy New Year, Suns fans.

Now if only that year was 2004.

Because, with the signing this week of swingman Michael Redd, that gives the Suns a trio that, in that faraway year, would have been nearly the equal of the super-threesomes in Miami and Boston today. [Read more...]

Searching For Reddemption

“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Those are the words Tim Robbins’ character, Andy Dufresne, sends to his friend Red, played by Morgan Freeman, in the movie Shawshank Redemption. They are also words that aptly fit the newest member of the Suns, even if his name has an extra d at the end. [Read more...]

Top 5: Reasons To Be Optimistic About 2011-12 Suns


When the NBA started pushing their ‘Big Things Are Coming’ slogan it seemed like nothing more than a very creative marketing message from the new age Mad Men in New York. (Since Don Draper would be well into his 80’s by now I’m guessing he wasn’t involved in the creative on this one. That, and he’s a fictional character.)

That all changed when the Suns took the court for their home opener on Monday night. The slogan took on a whole new meaning as the Suns front court of Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat and rookie Markieff Morris accounted for 41 of the team’s 84 points and 22 of their 45 rebounds. Despite a one point loss, big things were indeed coming, they just happened to be in the form of big men for the Suns. [Read more...]

Preseason TV Special Airs on Fox Sports Arizona

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The Suns are BACK so that means Suns Productions has put together a preview of the upcoming season. Be sure to tune in Friday on Fox Sports Arizona to watch “Time to Rise: Phoenix Suns 2011-12 Preseason Special” at 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. or at the very least set your DVR. [Read more...]

Top 5: Reasons Nash Is Best Suns Point Guard Ever


When starting this weekly ‘Top 5’ blog I could have decided on a simple subject matter to kick things off. Something like ‘the top 5 players in Suns history’ or ‘the top 5 things Charles Barkley said that shocked people’. You know, things that are easy and obvious. Instead I decided to save those for a week or two that I need to mail it in and not really think. (Memo to my bosses: don’t worry, I’ve never mailed anything in other than bills and the occasional magazine subscription.)

Instead of taking the easy road, I decided on something a little more challenging. As you can guess, thanks to the title, the first edition of ‘Top 5’ tackles why Steve Nash is the greatest point guard in Suns history. [Read more...]

The Team From Nowhere

No one expected much from the Purple Gang at the start of the 1983-84 season.

 

Some Suns fans had their reservations about the direction of the team going back to the start of the previous campaign, when General Manager Jerry Colangelo swapped power forward, and onetime franchise savior, Truck Robinson to the Knickerbockers for power forward Maurice Lucas.  What’s this? Phoenix fans asked each other.  We’ve won fifty games three times in the last three years, and Truck’s been a part of that!  Why are we trading him for an older power forward, who doesn’t have Truck’s scoring or rebounding ability anymore, and has balky knees to boot?

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The (TV) Guide To The Newest Phoenix Suns

Spending four days in a makeshift room inside of a college student union will do strange things to a person’s brain. Especially when said person is fueling themselves with nothing but cafeteria food and any caffeinated beverage they can get their hands on. Early mornings that turn into late nights surrounded by other media members tapping at their keyboards so furiously that it sounds like some kind of old school factory, leads the mind to strange places. Places where they find comparisons between the oddest things.

Case in point, comparing the newcomers on the Phoenix Suns’ roster and new the shows on television this year. Such is life at Grand Canyon University for Suns Training Camp. [Read more...]

First Impressions of the 2011-12 Suns

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After four days of training camp, the Suns gave a sneak preview of their progress to the media and select season-ticket holders Wednesday in the cozy confines of the Grand Canyon University Arena. It was an intra-squad scrimmage, pitting one half of the team against the other half. [Read more...]

Fearless Leadership

I was speaking to our employees at US Airways Center recently, and mentioned a book I had read called “Fearless Leadership” that I felt everybody working for the organization could benefit from. It’s written by Loretta Malandro and is a great read for anybody trying to improve the company they own, or climb the ladder of the company they work for.

I don’t have a lot of free time to read during the season, of course, but I like to read biographies from time to time and I’ve read a lot of John Grisham’s books. Former ASU football player Tranell Morant recommended “Fearless Leadership” to me and, you know how it is when somebody gives you a book, you usually just throw it to the side. But I felt like I had to at least read some of it before I saw him again. When I started reading it, though, I couldn’t put it down.

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Excitement and Intensity in the Air at Suns Camp

Camping isn’t exactly my idea of a good time, especially when it’s cold and rainy outside. See, I grew up in a family whose idea of roughing it was staying at a local motel rather than a national hotel chain. It’s not that we were hoity-toity, quite the contrary; we just weren’t what you’d describe as the outdoors type (we barely even hung out in our backyard, let alone the woods). Despite my aversion, after 28 years I’ve finally found a type of ‘camping’ that fits my style. Phoenix Suns training camp.

Instead of a tent, I have a curtained off section of Grand Canyon University’s Thunder Alley (which, after some intense investigation, I found out is in fact not named after Dan Majerle). In place of the tall trees of the forest, I’m surrounded by the tall players of the Suns and instead of wild animals lurking, there are wild college students and sleep deprived reporters all around. It’s my kind of ‘roughing it.’ [Read more...]