Nash Goes From 'Captain Canada' to Canadian GM

There is no doubting how much the experience of playing for the Canadian national team in the 2000 Olympics meant to Steve Nash.

That is part of the reason why the point guard has agreed to an administrative role with the club, as general manager for Canada Basketball. His selection to the post was made official Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. [Read more...]

Suns Fan Artist Goes Streaking

Dustin Watson doesn’t subscribe to the theory that talking about a streak will end it, at least not with the run he’s currently on.

Members of the Suns might feel otherwise once they hear the details of Watson’s impact on the outcome of their games – athletes are a superstitious bunch, you know – but the illustrator has full confidence in the ability his Free Throw covers have had recently.
The threat that a little superstition poses doesn’t affect his confidence in the least. [Read more...]

Gentry Readies Suns for the Made-Over Trail Blazers

Alvin Gentry doesn’t have a short memory.

That’s why he’s hoping that this Portland Trail Blazers team is a lot different on the court, as it is on paper, compared to the team that beat the Suns by 38 points back on January 27.

“I hope they don’t look anything like that team,” Gentry said.

Phoenix wants to avenge that loss to the Trail Blazers, while the Suns are also keeping one eye on the standings and another eye on the calendar. [Read more...]

Morris Getting His Due Again, and Other Links

It couldn’t have been an easy transition for Markieff Morris to learn the NBA game this season, although his recent play has indicated otherwise.

Consider that Morris has had all of this on his table as a rookie in the 2011-12 season: an uncertain labor situation following the NBA Draft; an abbreviated, to say the least, training camp to learn the Suns system; new offensive and defensive principles to abide by; a much longer and more frequent game schedule, in part due to the shortened season; and a mid-season shooting slump. [Read more...]

NERD Alert: Suns Ranking Rising via Analytics

It’s not only the eye test that the Phoenix Suns are passing right now, after the team has won four of its last five and continued to rise through the Western Conference standings.

The Suns also improved their playoff chances over that stretch according to analytical surveys, as pointed out in its most recent NERD Rankings. Based off an analytical “platform that uses algorithmic modeling to better understand sports,” – and other such language that barely makes sense – the NERD Rankings place Phoenix as the 19th-best NBA team. [Read more...]