Retorter’s Video Notebook: Suns Social Media Day

Media day is all about fun. Fans get the chance to see their team for the first time, the media gets to ask anything they want and the players get to have a laugh before the grind of the season begins to take its toll. With that in mind, we here on the Suns official blog decided to have a little fun with the team. We got to know them by seeing how well they know their teammates and themselves.

If you’ve ever wondered if your favorite player prefers pancakes or waffles, would rather be Batman or Superman or numerous other off-the-wall questions, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for hardcore basketball analysis, you’re probably watching the wrong interviews from media day.

Channing Frye's Character Shines Through

“Character is more important than talent.”

Those words by Edwin Louis Cole describe Suns forward Channing Frye perfectly.

Frye has been known for his on-the-court talents since his years at Saint Mary’s High School in Phoenix. While fans have spent years cheering for his dead on three-point shooting and his ability to score in bunches, it is his character that has shown through most recently. [Read more...]

Channing Frye’s Character Shines Through

“Character is more important than talent.”

Those words by Edwin Louis Cole describe Suns forward Channing Frye perfectly.

Frye has been known for his on-the-court talents since his years at Saint Mary’s High School in Phoenix. While fans have spent years cheering for his dead on three-point shooting and his ability to score in bunches, it is his character that has shown through most recently. [Read more...]

Charles Barkley Makes a Comeback

If you’re a child of the 1990s you remember Charles Barkley in video games like the original NBA Jam, the NBA Live franchise and even his own title, Barkley Shut Up and Jam (like Sir Charles, the name was quite subtle). If you grew up with any of the new generation of consoles though, you’ve never known the pleasure of dropping 30 points and grabbing 10 boards on opponents with the 6–6 “Round Mound of Rebound.” That is, until now.

With the digital version of Sir Charles going MIA for almost as long as DJ Jazzy Jeff’s acting career, it took something pretty special to get him to allow his likeliness to return to a video game. After rebuffing previous overtures in the past few years, 2K Sports brought out the big guns (a music and entertainment mogul) to convince Barkley. It didn’t take long for him to say yes. [Read more...]

Marshall Learning What it Feels Like to be a Sun

It is that time of year again. No, it’s not time to sweat through your clothes thanks to 100+ degree heat. It’s that time when kids across the country are heading back to school and experiencing their first day of class.

Remember those days? Putting on the new clothes and shoes you were given that hopefully were cool enough, that moment you realized you’ve moved up in the world again and getting to see old friends you hadn’t seen in awhile.

There was something magical about that time. Especially how it all made you feel special and excited to be a part of something. Although he’s no longer going to class, Suns rookie guard Kendall Marshall got the opportunity to feel a little bit of that childlike excitement again earlier this week (minus the awkwardness of having to meet the new, slightly strange, teacher). [Read more...]

A Coach, Mayor, Center and Cancer All in a Day's Work

The one question everyone seems to ask me when they find out what I do for a living is, “What’s it like to work in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns?” Usually my answer is somewhere between polite and brutally honest. I tell people that most days are like every other job. You clock in, sit at your desk and do your best to get your work done. The answer is a lot like seeing a Kardashian in person: not quite as glamorous as you’d expect.

The key to the description is “most days.” On some days calling the US Airways Center your office can be nothing short of surreal. This week had one of those days for me. It was a 12-hour period that had the potential to be one of the worst in my life, but turned into yet another reminder of why I’ve always had a connection with the Suns and the building. [Read more...]

Marshall Should Remind You of a Certain Suns Guard

A rumor spread on Twitter Wednesday that it was Back to the Future day. People had the right idea, but the wrong date on the calendar. Thursday, at least in Phoenix, was truly back to the future for your Suns. Before my fellow internet nerds correct me, yes, I realize the actual day that Marty McFly fast forwards to is October 26, 2015, but on June 28, 2012 the Suns took a page from the past while looking toward the future.

That’s because, on that night in New Jersey’s Prudential Center (something that isn’t usually the normal for the NBA Draft), they selected a 6-3 guard who was known for his passing with a mid-first-round draft pick, despite already having an all-time franchise point guard. It’s something they did in 1996, too. [Read more...]

The Longest Day in Suns History

June 20th is the longest day of the year.

Not just because it’s the summer solstice and our second grade science teacher told us it is back in the day, but because of something that changed the lives of Suns fans forever 19 years ago.

It’s the longest day of the year because on this day in 1993 John Paxson found a way to act like a character from Mortal Kombat and reach into the metaphorical chest of Suns fans to rip out their collective hearts. [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary Sir Charles

This marks my 20th anniversary.

I’m not talking about a wedding anniversary – I’m not convinced someone could spend 20 years with me without losing their mind anyways. I am, however, talking about an anniversary with my first love, and don’t worry, I told my wife she’d always be No. 2 on this list.

It’s not a woman I fell in love with years ago or even a person. You see, 20 years ago today, an eight-year-old Espo became a Phoenix Suns fan. [Read more...]

Gorilla Included in 'Most Popular Sports Mascots'

Being a professional sports team mascot is, well, monkey business. That’s what makes the Gorilla the perfect man, or is that primate, for the job.

Despite being born for his role in the NBA, one news outlet doesn’t think he’s the best mascot in the league, let alone in all of sports. That source is Forbes, which put out its “Most Popular Sports Mascots” list – as opposed to its “Most Popular Corporate Mascot” list? — on Monday. [Read more...]