Alvin Gentry Receiving Praise

Contrary to popular belief – OK, it’s not popular at all – Suns head coach Alvin Gentry will not be joining the Arena Football League. That won’t stop him from being part of the league’s highlight reel this season, though.

On Saturday night, late in the second quarter at US Airways Center, Rattler quarterback Nick Davila dropped back, threw into the back of the end zone and found an unexpected, yet familiar, receiver. That wideout was Gentry, who made an impressive two-handed grab while leaning over the boards. The catch happened just hours after his assistant coach, Dan Majerle, was making a more highly-publicized catch of his own just a few blocks away. [Read more...]

Grant Hill has a 'Beautiful Surprise'

A lot has been made of what Grant Hill might do when he eventually hangs up the sneakers and calls it a career. Basketball executive, company CEO and politician have all made it on the shortlist at one time or another, but music video star hasn’t ever been included. That is, until now.

While many could describe Hill’s basketball career as a mixture of R&B (rhythm and blues), it’s his wife of 15 years, songstress Tamia, who has made a career out of it. Their professional worlds collided for the first time earlier this year as Grant starred in the music video to the single “Beautiful Surprise” from the forthcoming album of the same name.

“After 15 years I get to work with my husband, so ahh…not a lot of acting there,” Tamia told about her video and real life love interest Hill.

There may not have been a lot of acting but there certainly were plenty of jokes. As the behind the scenes look from shows, Grant made sure to display his personality and keep the shoot light – much like he does in the Suns’ locker room.

But will Hill’s music video career be like many in college basketball, one and done? That’s yet to be seen. What we do know is it’s yet another element in his already impressive repertoire.

Steve Nash is all Business on and off the Court

Those who have underestimated Steve Nash on the court have learned a valuable lesson over the years, and, as Forbes points out, he shouldn’t be taken too lightly off the court and in the boardroom, either.

First, in an online story published on Wednesday and in what will be another version for the June 4 edition of the magazine, Kurt Badenhausen – the publication’s deputy editor in charge of sports business – breaks down Nash’s success in the business world. [Read more...]

Majerle Still Making Plays From Downtown

Dan Majerle was no stranger to catching a bounce pass or two at US Airways Center back in the day or making the big play from “downtown.” He probably didn’t expect to have to do it again as a fan this past weekend though. [Read more...]

Nash Adds Another One to the Mantel

Steve Nash knew he was going to the public’s focal point this season when it came to coverage of the Phoenix Suns during the 2011-12 season.

So game-in and game-out, the 16-year NBA veteran stood before the media to give his straight-forward, polite and informative take on the game as the leader of his team. [Read more...]

Nash Goes From 'Captain Canada' to Canadian GM

There is no doubting how much the experience of playing for the Canadian national team in the 2000 Olympics meant to Steve Nash.

That is part of the reason why the point guard has agreed to an administrative role with the club, as general manager for Canada Basketball. His selection to the post was made official Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. [Read more...]

Sarver Shares Thoughts on Friend Junior Seau

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ‘the only way to have a friend is to be one.’ Suns owner Robert Sarver both had a friend in, and was a friend to, the late NFL linebacker Junior Seau who passed away Wednesday.

As a guest of Arizona Sports 620’s “Burns & Gambo” show, Sarver, who met Seau through a mutual friend in San Diego in 1996, shared his memories of his late companion Thursday. [Read more...]

Suns Historically Healthy

The legend goes that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León traveled to Florida in search of the fountain of youth. There may be a reason he never found it.

It seems like he had the right idea to search in a place with great weather that what would one day become a retirement destination. He just had the wrong state.

That mythical rejuvenating fountain of water may be located somewhere in Arizona – more specifically the US Airways Center. [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...]