The Clone Wars Continue

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Okay, it wasn’t really all that long ago, and it was actually on an orange planet pretty close by. But if you attended our game on April 11, you enjoyed a thrilling double-feature, as the Suns beat the Rockets on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night.”

The hardwood court at US Airways Center was invaded by Stormtroopers, bounty hunters and Sith Lords during the elaborate pre-game introductions, while the Gorilla used the Force to fight off the Dark Side and defeat the Rockets’ bear mascot, and the Suns Dancers wowed the crowd in vintage Princess Leia attire.

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All-Star Round Table

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Steve Nash, Bill Russell and Chris Paul shared a few All-Star laughs on Thursday.
(Jeramie McPeek/Suns.com)

I almost missed out on a great photo op today.

With more than 100 All-Star events or player appearances throughout the Valley this week – yes, more than 100 – it’s been a challenge trying to put together our plan of attack for Suns.com. While we always work to bring you in-depth coverage of All-Star, we wanted to take our collective game to another level this year with the NBA’s midseason extravaganza here in our hometown. Still, we obviously had to pick and choose which events we were going to tackle.

Well, I didn’t pick or choose Steve Nash’s afternoon interview with CNN over at “Stoudemire’s Downtown.” Sounded kind of boring, to be honest. But after sitting in my dark office all day long (the giant adidas signage covering the north glass wall of US Airways Center is NOT see through), I decided to get some fresh air and see if I could get a photo or two of Nash arriving at the restaurant. [Read more...]

New 'Do for Diaw


Diaw talks with a reporter from France after Tuesday morning’s practice.
(Josh Greene/Suns.com)

More than 4,300 fans voted in the recent Suns.com poll asking whether Boris Diaw should keep his “new long hair and goatee look” or go back to the clean-cut style he sported during his first three seasons with the Suns.

The final margin between the two choices was far greater than the reported gap between Obama and McCain is currently, with 61% of fans telling 3D to keep the new look. Apparently, the margin was not large enough, however. [Read more...]

Suns vs Suns: 2008 Edition

It’s 4:30pm in Tucson and I’m sitting at the very top of the McKale Center, listening to Steve Koek and Adam Beechen start the annual podcast of the Phoenix Suns scrimmage.  As I mentioned in a previous blog, this is my second time at the scrimmage and it’s really different this time.  At the first scrimmage, I had the privilege of driving Al McCoy to the arena.  I was surprised at how easy it was to get in when I was tagging along with Al.  No one questioned me at all.  I just followed Al and everything was ok.

This time was a little different.  With the scrimmage starting at 5:00, we had to leave for the arena mid-afternoon to get here on time and make sure we got everything set up.  Unfortunately, Suns.com’s Daniel Banks and I didn’t follow the example of our fearless leader, Jeramie McPeek, and we left a half hour later than he did.  That put us right in the middle of early Friday rush hour traffic in Tucson.  Not a good time.

After dropping Banks off at the arena to get started on setting everything up (and almost hitting Suns owner Robert Sarver with my car in my hurry to get to the parking garage – sorry, Mr. Sarver!), I found parking and was able to get inside.  I was nervous that it wouldn’t be so easy to get in this time without Al as my escort.  But the arena staff was very accommodating and helped me get in and find where I needed to be. [Read more...]

Yo STATta STATta!

Courtesy: YoGabbaGabba.com

Courtesy: YoGabbaGabba.com

I used to be frightened by the TeleTubbies. Well, frightened and somewhat intrigued at the same time. I’m still convinced there was some sort of subliminal messaging going on there, especially whenever that sun with the baby face would rise over the bunny farm and start to laugh. I have no idea what that was all about. I think it was laughing at the audience.

But this new hit kids show, Yo Gabba Gabba! disturbs me in an all-new way. I can’t tell you why exactly, because I loved Sesame Street as a kid and enjoyed watching Bear & the Big Blue House with my son when he was little. But there’s just something about giant furry creatures bouncing around with a dude in an orange jumpsuit that weirds me out.

What’s this have to do with our beloved Phoenix Suns, you ask?

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