The Human Side of the Suns

Sports is escapism.

We become fans of a team to forget about the day to day grind that is most of our lives. We live and die with the athletes. We over analyze their every move. We call for coaches jobs and question players ability and desire. As sports fans, we’re basically Simon Cowell while the athletes’ are American Idol — wait it’s now X-Factor — contestants. [Read more...]

My Sunny Valentine

The Bulls are red. The Rockets are too. Unless you wear purple or orange though, I don’t care for you.

I’m pretty sure that was the gist of the very first Valentine’s Day poem I ever wrote back in the third grade. See, I’ve always been in enthralled with the Phoenix Suns long before they ever gave me a paycheck (and unfortunately it’s not the seven-figure one third grade me thought I’d be getting as the starting power forward). [Read more...]

Suns Retorter's Notebook: Et tu Barkley?

Et tu Barkley?

I grew up idolizing Charles Barkley when he was a member of the Suns. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t view him as a role model. After his famous commercial I was too afraid he’d beat me up if I did . That was the point of the ad, right? But I did love what he brought to the court and the opinions he shared with the media. [Read more...]

Suns Celebrate Steve Nash's Birthday

What do you get the 38 year old guy who has two MVPs, an all-time franchise assist record and the hair of a 1970s California surfer to commemorate his birth? If you’re his teammates a pink gorilla with a guitar and a singing rookie seems to do the trick. [Read more...]

Michael Redd Is Worth Rooting for

When you work for a professional sports team or in media there’s one unwritten rule everyone knows you’re never supposed to break. It’s a rule that is simple yet important: remain unbiased by not cheering in the press box.

Then again, rules are made to be broken. [Read more...]

By The Numbers: Suns At Rockets

Want a quick preview of tonight’s Suns at Rockets game? We got you covered. Here are five of the numbers that will have an impact on the outcome of the game that you might not know. [Read more...]

The Curious Case of Steve Nash

He may not have entered the world, or the NBA for that matter, looking like an old man, but Steve Nash certainly has had a Benjamin Button-esque career arc. Like the basketball version of a fine glass of wine, or Betty White, he’s only gotten better and more popular with age. [Read more...]

Just Seven Stand Between Nash and KJ

Seven.

Mathematicians hear it and they think the fourth prime number and a double Mersenne prime at that (or so we’re told). To others it represents luck and happiness. And If you say it to fans of pop culture? Well, it conjures up images of the film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and inevitably leads to someone shouting the line “What’s in the box?”

If you say seven to many Suns fans, visions of breathtaking passes, emphatic dunks over men the size of Kanye West’s ego (or at least the one he portrays in commercials), lighting-fast crossovers and a fade cut instantly come to mind. [Read more...]

By The Numbers: Suns At Blazers

Want a quick preview of tonight’s Suns at Blazers game? We got you covered. Here are five of the numbers that will have an impact on the outcome of the game that you might not know. [Read more...]

Nash And Dudley Up For Award Based on Characters

The NBA has a lot more than 140 characters that play in it but not all of them can show their personality and express themselves in 140 characters or less.

The Phoenix Suns’ roster is full of character guys, but it also just happens to be home to more than a few guys who have mastered the art of the tweet the way Charles Barkley has mastered the art of making jokes at the expense of Ernie Johnson. Whether it’s directly communicating with fans, sharing humorous anecdotes or rooting for one of their favorite soccer clubs — we’re looking at you @SteveNash — they’ve used the new media medium as a platform to connect with people across the globe. [Read more...]