My Vote for the Majerle Hustle Award

The Dan Majerle Hustle Award is presented to the Suns player who fans, the players themselves, coaches, employees and Majerle himself feels embodies the determination, passion and hustle that “Thunder Dan” personified as a player during his illustrious NBA career.

I’ve been discussing this award with colleagues and friends, curious of who others feel is deserving of the award and why. It amazed me to see what people feel qualifies a player for this award. [Read more...]

Original Sun Honors MacLeod

Heralded as the “Original Sun,” Ring-of-Honor member Dick Van Arsdale unveiled some of his original artwork for a very special event on Wednesday night.

During halftime of the Suns-Thunder game, Van Arsdale presented his former coach, John MacLeod, with a piece of art to commemorate MacLeod’s own induction into the Ring. With jersey numbers to represent each of the players in the exclusive club, initials to mark the front office executives and a pair of socks in recognition of former athletic trainer Joe Proski, the unique artwork is a tribute to the 13 legends whose faces overlook the court at US Airways Center. [Read more...]

NBA Playoff Tiebreaker System

As this is being typed, there are five teams with three games of each other for the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference. [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...]

Is KJ Over Hakeem the Most Iconic Suns Moment?

A Basketball term meaning to embarrass someone usually while slamming the ball over them. It refers to the guy who’s being dunked on in basketball posters.

That’s the definition given by Urban Dictionary for the term posterize, but the written definition doesn’t do the act justice. You have to see it play out before your eyes to truly appreciate it. We’ve seen current Suns both be the posterizer, Markieff Morris, and the posterizee, Channing Frye, this season against Blake Griffin – the man who has made the term more popular than Adele is with women. [Read more...]

Naming the Suns Bench

They say behind every great man is a great woman. In the NBA there should be a similar adage: Behind every great starting lineup is a great bench, at least if you hope to succeed.

The Suns have been the benefactor of just that over the last month of the season. Despite the slow start for the team and their bench, it’s come together as of late. As the bench has improved, so has the Suns record from 12-17 to 30-28. [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...]

Suns Radio Broadcasts to Air on FM

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The Suns’ road matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow (April 11), along with the team’s home game versus the Los Angeles Clippers on April 19, will both be broadcast on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR. [Read more...]

Suns Season Full of Surprises

As you grow up sometimes you see your childhood heroes in a new light, and sometimes that light isn’t flattering. Other times it’s just plain scary or, at the very least, completely surprising.

I experienced that firsthand the other day while watching television. During my one free hour not spent focusing on the Suns, one of the mindless shows I watch went to commercial before I could fast-forward with the DVR remote, and I was greeted with an image of a sports idol from my youth. It was a face familiar to any Suns fan that has been in the Valley for years, yet there was something completely different about him. That was because this individual was wearing a little black dress, had shaved legs and was wearing a wig. [Read more...]