A lot of aspiring NBA All-Stars talk a big game, but how often do you really get something tangible back for your valuable fan votes? Well, now here’s your chance – a chance to “maybe” see Steve Nash dunk. [Read more...]
Before this Saturday’s 5 p.m. road game in Charlotte, head over to Turf Paradise for the annual running of the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile – a stakes race named in honor of the late Suns Ring of Honor coaching great who was an avid horse-racing fan and a frequent patron of the racetrack. [Read more...]
After a late Friday night via international charter, the Suns and 76ers tipped off their first day in Mexico with a different kind of exhibition at Monterrey’s Irish Institute. [Read more...]
If you haven’t been out to the new Majerle’s Sports Grill in Goodyear yet, tomorrow would be an ideal night to start. Just make sure you bring something to get signed.
Owner, assistant coach and Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle joins Phoenix Head Coach Alvin Gentry and seven-time All Star Grant Hill for an autograph signing at the restaurant Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m. [Read more...]
On July 27, Majerle’s Sports Grill opens its third sports bar in the Valley with their new location at 13375 W. McDowell Road in Goodyear. With current establishments in downtown Phoenix and Chandler, the new location gives Westsiders a chance to experience award-winning American fare and a cutting-edge approach to the sports grill experience with state of the art audio-visual systems featuring more than 20 High Definition screens, including a 12-foot screen and quad processing which allows for four images to appear on one screen at the same time.
Saturday’s 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will have a decidedly Suns feel to it. All-Star Saturday’s annual jamming exhibition will be judged by a cast of celebrated former Suns standouts. [Read more...]
So I just returned from two days in Tucson and here are some early impressions of training camp:
- Terry Porter has instantly placed his imprint on this team with a no-nonsense approach which will make this a tougher team mentally and physically.
- Terry is drilling the team on defensive fundamentals and even putting the guys through defensive slide drills! (You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Shaq do the same drills we all did back in high school!)
- Matt Barnes was the offensive star of the scrimmage last night at St. Gregory’s High School. He has a very quick release and showed off his accuracy from faraway. [Read more...]
Media Day 2008 is in the books and Training Camp is officially underway.
This year’s Media Day on the practice court felt a lot different than last season’s as a rookie. I was more relaxed and more comfortable because I knew what to expect. I still came in with a lot of energy and because I’m so much more accustomed to speaking with the media, I was able to relax a little bit more. Best of all, I wasn’t the butt of all the vets’ jokes like I was last season. This year I was even able to joke around with some of the young guys myself.
Speaking of, this year’s crop of Suns rookies have been asking me a lot of questions. I understand where they’re coming from. It’s tough coming into this league not knowing what to anticipate. I remember last year at Media Day kind of feeling in awe of everything, a bit in shock that I was attending my first NBA function. So I’ve been giving as much advice to the guys as I can, both good and bad. I’ve probably scared them a little bit more than anything else though. [Read more...]
Well, sports bloggers, that’s who!
So, without further ado, the seeds envelope please.
Well, okay, a little more ado. A year ago at this time the word to the wise for the excited citizenry of Planet Orange was, “Calm down.” This year it’s “Cheer up.” [Read more...]
When last season ended with that loss to San Antonio, and Mike D’Antoni departed for Gotham, it was hard to be optimistic.
All the talk was about the Suns’ aging core, the “failure” of the trade for Shaquille O’Neal, and the futility of the run-and-gun system in the playoffs. Sourpusses (like me) predicted a downturn in fortune and some years of rebuilding. After all, how much could the team change?
Step One, hire Terry Porter as Head Coach. A pro’s pro as a player, he’s got the respect of everyone on the team. Heck, after all the times he tortured the Suns in the playoffs as a member of the Portland Trailblazers, I certainly respect him. He knows defense, he knows offense. He can teach. And he’s committed to playing a deep rotation. [Read more...]