When a king praises someone you tend to stand up and take notice. In the ancient world that praise usually would come with the individual being knighted but in today’s day and age it comes along with a tweet and a cell phone picture.
Case in point, when King James decides to praise on one of the newest members of the Suns, Eric Bledsoe, he turns to his legions of followers, on social media, to spread the message.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 10, 2013
We’re listening, LeBron, and we hope you are completely correct in your talent evaluation. The fact that you agree with General Manager Ryan McDonough’s assessment means there is safety in numbers. That, and your praise makes it clear that Bledsoe’s nickname “Mini LeBron” has your stamp of approval.
Maybe it is history repeating itself. Two decades ago the Suns acquired a player who wore red and blue for his first team and happened to be friends with the best player in the game. He turned out to be pretty good in Phoenix. We’ll have to wait and see what Bledsoe does, but he does have the approval of the King. That has to mean something.
The Monsoon season in Phoenix may extend through April this year for the first time in the city’s history.
No, I’m not a meteorologist nor do I play Weather Guy on TV — although some people in the comment section have compared me to Brick Tamland in the past — but I do know a thing or two about the Sun(s’) affect on Phoenix.
The Monsoon is my nickname for Suns rookie Archie Goodwin that began to come into focus during July’s Vegas Summer League. Off the court, like the time before a monsoon strikes, it was obvious that he is calm and a mild mannered kid trying to learn the ins and outs of his new found fame and fortune. When he steps on the court it’s an instant change, like a storm rolling into Phoenix on a muggy summer afternoon — he is as quick as lightning and finishes stronger than thunder around the rim. He has an explosiveness to his game that can destroy a defense in a matter of seconds and leave people watching in awe by his power and grace. [Read more...]
Comedian Steven Wright once quipped, “I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”
If General Manager Ryan McDonough and Head Coach Jeff Hornacek are looking to create their own best seller, the page numbers for it were filled in over the weekend. [Read more...]
Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough takes some time to talk to Doug and Wolf about the recent moves he has made on the roster.
Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in the US Airways Center this fall. No, not for the Beyonce concert. For the Suns’ home opener. It’s eight minutes before tip-off and the lights have just gone out like it is a Super Bowl in New Orleans. The big screen clicks on and you hear the refrain of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” begin to play as your Suns are introduced.
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age [Read more...]
Since the 1980s, a lot has changed in Phoenix. The city has grown from small desert town to thriving metropolis. Houses, buildings and new forms of transportation have all sprung up from the dry, rocky and mountainous terrain like Carly Rae Jepsen’s career, completely out of nowhere.
Like they say, though, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite Phoenix’s growth, you can still count on scorching temperatures that turn your seat belt into a branding iron in the summer, snowbirds that turn the roadways into a parking lot in the winter and people freaking out more than the double-rainbow guy any time it rains.
The same can be said for the Phoenix Suns. A lot has changed since the late ‘80s. The Purple Palace rose from the ashes of an area downtown usually reserved for the kind of people you’d see in an episode of Law and Order to replace the Madhouse on McDowell. The players, uniforms and logos have all changed and the franchise has gone from fighting for its existence to one of exemplary teams in the league. [Read more...]
If you spend as much time as I have with the team in Las Vegas, you’re bound to see double. It just comes with the territory. The Strip has that kind of affect on people.
In my case it has nothing to do with late nights or any of the other trappings of the city founded on sin. It has everything to do with what’s going on, on the court. And no, I’m not talking about the Morri (aka the Morris brothers).
There is a member of the Summer Suns who has evoked memories of another former member of the franchise, one who now happens to be on the bench as a coach. That player is Arinze Onuaku, the D-League All-Star who played his college ball at Syracuse. [Read more...]
It’s no secret Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek is a family man. He ended his NBA career while he still had more than a few miles left on the tires to watch his kids grow, and postponed his second career in coaching so he could see them through high school.
In a generation where the words “husband” and “father” conjure up images of less than stellar examples such as Homer Simpson, Walter White, Peter Griffin and Don Draper, Hornacek is cut from a much different cloth. Think of the television fathers of the ‘80s and ‘90s like Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Danny Tanner, Steven Keaton and Jason Seaver, and you’ll have something closer to the Suns’ coach’s approach. [Read more...]