The Doctor Is In

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Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria

While Steve Nash missing a Suns practice would raise a few eyebrows (even an involuntary one during the offseason), the point guard most definitely had a good excuse Friday.

The two-time NBA MVP was in British Columbia to accept an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria during a special convocation ceremony. [Read more...]

My45 Good for Two New TV Specials

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If serious basketball withdrawals are starting to get to you, check out My45 this Tuesday night for a Suns doubleheader, starting at 9 p.m.

First up is the “Suns’ Sizzling Summer Special.” Host Tom Leander sits down with team President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr to discuss the “State of the Suns,” including the re-signing of Steve Nash and Grant Hill, the acquisition of free agent Channing Frye, the return of Head Coach Alvin Gentry and the drafting of Earl Clark and Taylor Griffin. Also featured, Eddie Johnson talks to All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire about coming back from a devastating eye injury and returning as the focal point in the Suns offense. Second-year man Goran Dragic walks us through the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. And then, EJ and Tom preview this year’s Suns squad and discuss all of the big changes around the NBA. 

Next up is the “Making of the Suns Dancers” at 9:30 p.m., chronicling the hectic week endured by the dancer hopefuls. It includes a behind-the-scenes look at the two-day dancer auditions, the lengthy selection process and four off-the-court finalist profiles.

If you miss Tuesday’s telecasts (or just love watching repeats), the specials will re-air on Fox Sports Arizona in HD starting this Friday at 5 p.m.

Nash’s Hopes “Final Answer” Nets Foundation Donation

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(Photo Courtesy of ABC/Steve Fenn)

Steve Nash’s summer vacation is anything but a vacation yet again this Thursday, as the two-time NBA MVP makes an appearance on ABC’s primetime game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

While the premise of an NBA point guard trying his hand at game show success for a few extra bucks may initially sound a bit over the top, don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause. Nash will be competing for his charity, the Steve Nash Foundation, taking his place as contestant in the famed hot seat across from show host Regis Philbin.

As part of the game show’s 10th anniversary, Nash joins the likes of rapper Snoop Dogg and actress Patricia Heaton to try and win money for their favorite charities during the weeklong telecasts.

Nash Goes Hollywood for "Entourage"

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For a guy used to headlining sold-out NBA arenas and playing with ice water in his veins in front of national TV audiences, it’s almost comforting to know, yes, even Steve Nash gets nervous.

Of course, that nervousness may have something to do with the two-time NBA MVP’s lack of TV acting experience, which after this Sunday night, will no longer be the case thanks to a guest stint on the HBO series, “Entourage.”

In addition to possibly mixing it up with the likes of Ari, Turtle, Eric and Johnny Drama (even though the specifics of Nash’s role are still tightly under wraps), fans can head to Stevenash.org and make an online donation of $100 or more to the Steve Nash Foundation to be entered to win an original “Entourage” poster signed by the members of the cast.

After the episode airs, fans can also e-mail a review of Nash’s performance to Foundation@stevenash.org for a chance to win a limited-edition “We Are One Team” T-shirt designed by the Suns’ point guard.  All entries must be submitted by midnight Pacific time Sunday.

“The scene was small but much more than I expected,” said Nash on his Facebook page. “I got to speak and ‘act’ with two great actors on a great show. The creator and writer, Doug Ellin, went above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience.”

For more from Steve on his cameo this Sunday, check out his thoughts currently on Facebook.

Matt Barnes Says Goodbye to 2008-09 Season

Matt Barnes lists playing with Grant Hill among his highlights of the 2008-09 season.

Hey fans, just wanted to make sure I check back in with you before this 2008-09 season comes to an end. You know, it’s kind of tough to swallow, having all of the talent we have here and to still be going home in a couple of days. I know the team is frustrated but right now our focus is on finishing the season strong. We owe that to our fans and want to be able to give the young guys a little bit of time to play. [Read more...]

All-Star Round Table

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Steve Nash, Bill Russell and Chris Paul shared a few All-Star laughs on Thursday.
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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...]

Welcoming J-Rich to the Valley

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(Rocky Widner/NBAE Photos/Getty Images)

Hey, Suns fans. I had some time in between ballgames today and just wanted to check in following a tough loss last night in Los Angeles. We were obviously short-handed for the contest following the trade and while I’m not somebody who really believes in moral victories, I was glad to see us out there fighting hard to the end. The bottom line is we still came up a little bit short, but we again showed improvement and I definitely think we’re continuing to take steps in the right direction.

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Response Time

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Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty

The Detroit Pistons rolled into town looking for their fourth-straight win but instead found a team with an answer for everything. Terry Porter’s Suns wouldn’t back down from a challenge came through their identity crisis with a new attitude. While they showed traces of the fast-paced, offensive-minded team of previous years, the Suns also brought a “no excuses” edge to both ends of the US Airways Center court.
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There's Good News and There's Bad News…

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

It’s good news/bad news time already.

I realize some of you are saying it’s awfully early to break out the old BN/GN bromide to cure a headache,  and those who aren’t saying that are grumbling, “What GOOD news?”  But in the current philosophical idiom in sports it is what it is. So… [Read more...]

By the Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs

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(D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)

The NBA Championship is not won with just one win.

I knew what I wanted to talk about before the game even started this evening.  If the Suns had lost, my first sentence would have been “The sky is not falling with just one loss.”  Coach Porter, the Suns front office and the players have all said that this team is a work in progress.  The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili in this game.  And now that Coach Porter’s new schemes are out “in the wild,” opponents will find ways to stop the team’s set plays. [Read more...]