I’m back from Vegas and ready to focus on the second half of the season. I really enjoyed my time back in Las Vegas, did a couple of appearances but mainly hung out with my family.

Marcus and the Suns headed back out on the road.
(NBAE Photos)

Regardless of whether or not the All-Star Game was going to be in Vegas, I probably would’ve spent my weekend there anyway, that’s where everybody is. I’ve been to an All-Star Game in the past and think it’s a great experience for fans to see some of the NBA’s best. Having gone to one before though, I didn’t really feel the need to attend all the events but had more fun hanging out with my people.

One thing is for sure, Vegas was definitely a site to see over the weekend. It was probably the craziest All-Star Weekend ever. I mentioned in my last blog that I thought the city would be a good destination for a team and I think the weekend just enforced that. The fans love the players and they treated them well throughout the weekend.

Like I said earlier though, it’s time now to focus on closing the season out strong. A lot of people have made a lot of the bench getting extended minutes including myself, Pat Burke and Leandro Barbosa. Everybody is quick to assume we’re not happy, but we understand we’ve got a team with a two-time MVP surrounded by great players in Raja, Boris, Amaré and Shawn. We also understand as the bench that those guys are going to need a breather every once in a while and our job is to just be ready to get in there and provide a spark. You do that by practicing hard and keeping strong throughout the season.

We’re just a few minutes away from departing for our four-game road trip which starts against my former team in Minnesota. Then it’s off to Atlanta, Indiana and Philadelphia. We’re getting everybody back, getting everybody healthy and want to keep it going after these back-to-back wins. We’re going to stay focused, do what coach wants us to do and hopefully come back with some more victories.

Talk to you guys soon.