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...]

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...]

Barring April rally, Suns can focus on off-season with optimism

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Eight games left. Five-and-half games out of the final playoff spot. One loss away from elimination.

For the Suns, it’s going to take a miracle. And there is only one solution.

“We have to play it through and compete,” said center Marcin Gortat.

That’s all the Suns can do. See it through. Compete. Keep an eye on the big picture. That picture may seem a little muddled right now, with many of the key players well into the final stages of their careers. [Read more...]

A Conversation With the Suns

Scott Cunningham

A conversation with myself about the Suns …

Question: How are the Suns doing?

Answer: Not bad. Began the week with a nice road win in Atlanta to hand the Hawks their first loss of the season.

Q: Yeah, but didn’t they lose a couple nights later in Memphis?

A: Can’t win them all. [Read more...]

Miracle Win May Be Sign of Good Things to Come

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It may have been the greatest game ever played.

OK, maybe that’s a bit much. But for the modern-day Phoenix Suns, it sure had to rank up there with some of the greatest wins.

I’m talking about Friday’s 123-118 double-overtime victory over Memphis. I’m talking about Jason Richardson scoring 38 points, Steve Nash scoring 25, and Channing Frye not being able to make a shot, but grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench. And I’m talking about Richardson hitting a reverse layup off an inbounds pass with 0.4 seconds left to send the game into the first OT. [Read more...]

Thoughts on the Suns' Win Over the Jazz

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Random thoughts following the Suns’ 110-94 victory Thursday at Utah:

* While everyone seemed excited about the arrival of Hedo Turkoglu (and rightfully so), Phoenix may also prove to be the perfect landing spot for Hakim Warrick. The 6-foot-9 forward finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds against a Jazz team that is stacked at his position.

* Warrick finds ways to get open and has always finished well near the basket, no matter where he’s been. With someone like Steve Nash to deliver him passes, it’s highly likely Warrick will top his career-best scoring average of 12.7 points per game, accomplished during his second season with Memphis. [Read more...]

A One-Man Season Preview of Your Phoenix Suns

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2009-10 record: 54-28

How it ended: Quite surprisingly, as a team that no one expected to make the playoffs advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals, before losing to the eventual world champion Lakers in six games. Still, you could make the case that the Suns were the second-best team to reach the NBA’s Final Four last season.

Coach: It’s a well-known fact that the guys thoroughly enjoy playing for Alvin Gentry, and in the NBA, that can carry you a long way. Especially since the Suns have adopted many of Gentry’s traits — by playing with confidence, intelligence, chemistry and professionalism. [Read more...]

Blanks a Fitting Choice for GM

A few random thoughts from the Suns’ offseason: [Read more...]

Suns Still Running and Likely Still Tons of Fun

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It’s been a summer of change for the Suns, and that’s OK. Remember last summer, when then-general manager Steve Kerr shipped out Shaquille O’Neal for two guys (Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic) who would never suit up?

And things still worked out well for the little team that no one really expected to make the playoffs. Actually, things worked out great, as the Suns advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals on sheer resolve, not to mention the inspiring play of Steve Nash, Grant Hill and a bunch of youngsters off the bench.

Of course, Amare Stoudemire had plenty to do with that, and we all know he’s now a Knick. Good luck in the Big Apple, Amare. You will be missed.

And good luck to Kerr, whose reign as GM can now be considered a success. He is certain to be a winner in whatever venue he decides to pursue. (Right now, that’s TNT broadcasts of NBA games.)

But this is about the future, or at least the here and now. This is about the new-look Suns, who boast a new team president in Lon Babby — a former player agent who knows a little something about negotiations and wily roster maneuvering. Say what you will about Babby, but he’s not likely to overpay anyone. [Read more...]

5 Thoughts Before Suns-Lakers Game 4

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Five thoughts entering Tuesday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Suns and Lakers:

1. The Suns’ victory Sunday was impressive for several reasons. Mostly, they just needed a win. They also were finally rewarded for playing the type of solid defense they did in the first two games — but the Lakers simply could not miss. Also, the Suns’ bench was deeper than the Lakers’ all season, and all it took was a return home to prove it. [Read more...]