Jared Dudley to Host Youth Camp

Ryan Read believes that Jared Dudley has a story to share with young basketball hopefuls.

And a chance for Valley basketball players of all ages to learn from the Suns guard as well as Read – who serves as Dudley’s full-time trainer and the owner of the specialized training company Thrive – will come up on September 22 at Scottsdale Community College.

The two friends from high school will be putting on a free basketball clinic, which will be broken up between two sessions that Saturday. If interested, people are encouraged to sign up at Thrivestrength.com.

The camp won’t just focus on basketball skills and fundamentals, but on the overall message that Dudley can convey to kids interested in the game of basketball.

“Jared has an amazing story to share with people who are interested not only in basketball but in athletic competition,” Read said. “Some people thought Jared wouldn’t make it; instead they just said he needed to be more athletic or more talented.

“But the guy just puts his nose down and works.”

Over the course of his career in the NBA, Dudley believes the work he has put in has paid off in more minutes on the court and more production while he plays. That was most evident a year ago when he averaged a career-best 12.7 points per game.

But he also wants his work ethic to show in the community as well.

“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve always had a lot of people who were involved in the community,” Dudley said. “I’m trying to put my twist on it, and my twist is just to have a free basketball clinic.

“I wish I could’ve had that growing up as a kid.”

He has also promised to bring other Suns players into the fold for the one-day clinic. Dudley said that teammates like Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall and Channing Frye will be there to sign autographs.

Gortat Leads Poland in Qualifiers

(Courtesy of Poland Sport Online)

Luis Scola wasn’t the only Suns player representing his country this summer. Although Marcin Gortat wasn’t chasing an Olympic medal in London, the Suns center was leading Poland in his country’s attempt to qualify for FIBA EuroBasket 2013.

After six games, Marcin Gortat and the men’s national basketball team of Poland are 4-2. In Poland’s first outing, Gortat and Co. were upset 64-57 by the visiting Belgians, despite 23 points from the Suns standout.

In the second game of the qualifying tournament, Poland rebounded on the road by dealing Switzerland an 80-66 loss. Gortat led Poland’s attack with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Following its first victory, Poland then proceeded to drop an 81-79 decision to Finland, falling victim to two made free throws in the closing moments. Despite the “Polish Hammer” and his 13 points and 11 rebounds, Poland fell to 1-2 for the tournament.

After that shocking defeat, Poland responded by blowing out Albania, 105-67. Poland, which led 56-33 at halftime, moved to 2-2 before facing a 3-1 Belgian team on Friday.

With Poland in need of a win, Gortat erupted for 29 points and 10 rebounds as his country posted an 87-73 victory over host Belgium. Both teams moved to 3-2, sitting behind surprise Finland, which is a perfect 5-0 in Group E play.

On Sunday, Poland dominated Switzerland, roaring to a 117-67 victory at home. Gorat and Co. jumped out to a 32-16 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back from there.

Gortat racked up 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead his national team. Poland now sits at 4-2 for the tournament. Next up for Poland is Finland on Wednesday.

September 6, 2012

Gortat Dominates Against Finland

In what can only be described as one of the Marcin Gortat’s best performances for Poland, the Suns center erupted against Finland on Wednesday in a EuroBasket 2013 qualifying round game.

The 27 points and 21 rebounds he posted helped lead his squad to a 96-91 victory and a 5-2 record thus far in the tournament.
Poland needed every ounce of his effort as Finland hung nearby to make it a close game throughout.

But it wasn’t just that Gortat played hard, it was also that he was efficient over the course of the game. His 27 points came off of 11-of-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

He collected four rebounds on the offensive end, 17 on the defensive end and also contributed with three blocked shots.
The win served as a little bit of revenge for Gortat and the Poles, as they had lost to Finland earlier in the tournament.
Poland also moved a little closer to getting out of the qualifying round successfully, and will next take on Albania on Saturday.

Teams that advance will be eligible to participate in the FIBA Basket in 2013.

September 10, 2012

Gortat Became Poland’s EuroBasket Star

Just like last season with the Phoenix Suns, Poland could count on Marcin Gortat regularly for a double-double during the qualifying round of the 2013 FIBA EuroBasket.

The center averaged 21.1 and 11.6 rebounds for his country during eight group-round games, in which he helped lead Poland to a 6-2 record. The mark was good enough to win Group E.
The next round of the tournament will be set on Tuesday, but Gortat has helped secure a place in the tournament play for the Poles – which will begin this time next year.

In the final game of qualifiers on Saturday, Poland easily handled Albania 89-59. Again, it was Gortat who paced the team, as he tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes of play.
He continued to be extremely efficient on the offensive end, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Thus far, the EuroBasket has been a chance for the big man to show just how his game is continually growing. He has undoubtedly been the main man for Poland, as evidenced by his points per game average being the fourth-best in the tournament.

Gortat is also the second-best rebounder thus far in the EuroBasket.
In the game just prior to this one against Albania, Gortat proved how important he has been to Poland – as he led the team throughout a tightly-contested game with Poland by scoring 27 points and recording a tournament-best 21 rebounds.
With his time overseas now complete, it will bear watching to see how the EuroBasket experience helped the center over the course of another NBA season.

Family Drove Adams to Academic Pursuits

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VIDEO: Marshall Reacts to Joining Suns

When David Stern walked to the podium and announced the 13th pick in the NBA Draft, Kendall Marshall learned about his fate along with every Suns fan watching ESPN. That’s because, Marshall told his agent he didn’t want to hear anything about where he was being drafted. He just wanted to experience the moment at home with his family and close friends.

In his first full video interview after the pick in his home state of Virginia, Marshall shared his thoughts on joining the Suns, making it into the NBA and why his college coach Roy Williams couldn’t get a hold of him after the pick.

(Video Courtesy of InsideNoVA.com)

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Steve Nash Takes New Starring Role

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Jared Dudley wins BIG Award

Whether it’s Twitter or Facebook, NBA fans know the Suns’ Jared Dudley for his unique and entertaining perspective on social media. From JMZ to JSPN, Dudley provides fans with an interesting inside look at what it’s like to live and work in the NBA. It’s those factors that earned the forward recognition from the league.

On Wednesday night NBA TV, as part of their Social Media Awards, honored Dudley with the BIG (Best in the Game) Award. The honor recognizes the player who utilizes social media the best to connect and communicate with fans.

Help us in congratulating Dudley on his great honor, just try to limit it to 140 characters or less.

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