From the All-Star Skybox

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When something big comes around like the All-Star game or the playoffs, the Suns.com crew isn’t satisfied with just sitting in the newsroom watching the game on TV while simultaneously working. So long before I started working here, the department was given permission to work from what used to be the Organ Loft of the arena. We’ve begun calling it the “Skybox.”

The Skybox isn’t perfect by any means. We can’t see the scoreboard above the court, we’re higher than even the nosebleed seats and there is no elevator so we get to carry all of our computers, cameras and any other equipment we may have up several flights of stairs. But it’s definitely better than listening to the crowd have a good time and knowing we are at the arena but not really experiencing the game! [Read more...]

Nash Discusses Suns, LeBron, Soccer with Dan Patrick

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(Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images)

Steve Nash called into the Dan Patrick show on Wednesday morning and discussed several topics with Patrick, despite being asked several hard questions about himself and the team.

  • About halfway through the interview, Patrick asked Nash whether he thought the Suns were better under Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system as opposed to Terry Porter’s system.  Right after the question was asked, Nash’s phone conveniently started breaking up and the connection was lost.  That got a big laugh out of the radio show team and they wondered whether athletes had a “static button” on their phones that they could push when they were asked difficult questions.  Nash did end up calling back a minute later and resumed his answer. [Read more...]

Tale of Two Games

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(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

If the Suns’ version of Dr. Jekyll played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night, their re-enactment of Mr. Hyde showed up on Monday against the Philadelphia 76er’s.  Whether it was the fact that they played the night before, that the team was ready to get back to a home that is preparing for the All-Star game or that the Sixers really wanted this win, the Suns just couldn’t get a handle on the game.

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Experience NBA All-Star Jam Session This Week

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It’s been a dream of mine to participate in an NBA All-Star Weekend since I started watching the NBA when I was about 11 years old.  The thought of being surrounded by the best basketball players on the planet was something amazing – and was also something I had only been able to dream about.  I wasn’t in Phoenix in 1975 or 1995 – the other two times the All-Star game was in town.  And I didn’t really have the means to travel to other All-Star games as I got older.

But now the All-Star game is in our beautiful city again and I’m going to experience everything I can during this week.  One of the things anyone and everyone can do to participate in the All-Star experience is attend NBA All-Star Jam Session to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center starting February 12 and going through February 16.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Jam Session before, there are games for everyone including contests on dribbling, shooting and dunking.  The Harlem Globetrotters will be attending showing off their skills.  Several NBA players will be there signing autographs for free including Amar’e Stoudemire, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant, Dan Majerle and Steve Nash.  And you can pick up the latest NBA All-Star merchandise at the NBA Store.

I’ll be taking my wife and kids to the Jam Session when Jam Session opens and my kids are already excited about the experience.  What eight-year-old wouldn’t want to show off his skills in front of everyone else as he tries his hand at dunking the ball, shooting free throws or dribbling through an obstacle course?  Especially when there is the possibility he’ll see one of the premier basketball players in the game today?

There is a lot more info about the Jam Session online.  I’m not going to miss this event.  You shouldn’t either.  See you there!

Suns Start Road Trip with a Win

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(Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

After watching the Phoenix Suns lose six out of their past 10 games and fall a half-game out of the last spot for the playoffs, I was probably like a lot of Suns fans in that I didn’t know what to expect from the team as they started their three-game road trip against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.  Both teams had the same record (on a side note, while the Suns would be out of the playoffs in the Western Conference if they started today, the Pistons would be in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference) and the Pistons had nearly the same record at home Phoenix had on the road.  So what Phoenix team would show up in Detroit?

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Suns Can't Keep Up With Warriors

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(Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)

Phoenix fans were encouraged by the blowout win against the Kings last Monday but were anxious to see what their team could do against a slightly more formidable team in the Golden State Warriors. Golden State’s record is a little misleading. They finally have their team back together after an injury plagued beginning to the season and have lost 3 close games at home – two on last second shots to the Thunder and the Cavaliers and one in overtime to the Spurs. [Read more...]

Suns Get Much Needed Win in Atlanta

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(Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images)

That breeze you felt if you were outside in the Phoenix area at about 6:45 pm on Sunday evening was the collective sigh of relief from the citizens of Planet Orange.  After losing three games in a row and five out of their past six games, the Phoenix Suns were finally able to remember how to play together and how to get the defensive stops they needed to pull out their second win on the longest road trip the team will have this season.

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Suns Let 19-Assist Game by Nash Get Away

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(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

Ok, I was wrong.  Stats don’t necessarily tell the entire story.  We were discussing stats on Twitter during the game and my argument was that stats ALWAYS tell the story.  A co-worker argued that there were times that stats don’t reflect what happened in the game.  And after looking at the box score during the Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks game on Wednesday night, I think I need to change my argument a little bit.

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Good News/Bad News: Volume 1 – Suns vs Celtics

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(Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)

Good news: The Suns vs Celtics game only lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Bad news: It was the longest 2 hours, 15 minutes of my life.

Good news: The Suns cut the Celtics largest lead in half by the end of the game.
Bad news: They lost by 17. [Read more...]

Phoenix Gets Early Win in Toronto

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(Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images)

As Tom Leander pointed out in the Phoenix Suns’ broadcast against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday morning, it didn’t seem like the Suns were all the way awake when the game started at 10:30 Sunday morning.  But with six minutes left in the first quarter, the team finally woke up and found their rhythm.

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