Obama Receives Shaq Shoe Upon Arrival in Phoenix

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When President Barack Obama arrived in Phoenix on Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon gave him what may be his most unique gift in the short time he has been president:  a shoe signed by Shaquille O’Neal.

Gordon’s son, Jake, held the shoe while he was waiting for Obama to arrive and the shoe covered his entire chest.  When the President exited the plane, he was greeted by several people and was given the shoe.  According to HuffingtonPost.com, Obama grinned as he put the Shaq shoe next to his own.  Since he is such a big basketball fan, maybe the next gift he should receive when he comes to Arizona is a chance to suit up and practice with the Suns.

See all of the pictures of President Obama’s arrival at sports.ktar.com.

Amarediculous

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(Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images)

If there has ever been a more dominating performance by a Suns’ player than Amar’e Stoudemire’s last night at Conseco Fieldhouse, I’d like to see it.  I saw Tom Chambers light up his former Seattle teammates for 60 points in 1990 (and Golden State for 56 a couple weeks prior).  I watched Sir Charles destroy the Warriors with 56 in a playoff series-clinching win in 1994.  I saw Tony Delk and Clifford Robinson each drop 50 on a hot night.  I’ve remember our own Eddie Johnson lighting up the Clippers for 43 in the 2nd half at the LA Sports Arena.  And with all due respect to those players and their outstanding efforts, what STAT did to the Indiana Pacers last night was the most impressive and dominant individual offensive performance in Phoenix Suns history – maybe Arizona sports history. [Read more...]

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...]

Pre-season is Over; Now for the Real Test

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/ Getty Images)

So, the mercifully short pre-season preparation for the regular season is over, and the interminably long regular season preparation for the post-season will officially get underway in San Antonio this Wednesday.

And frankly, I can hardly wait. For the post-season, I mean. I say this because we won’t know for sure until then whether Year One of going back to thinking INSIDE the box after four years of exhilarating – albeit ultimately somewhat unfulfilling – thinking outside the box, will work or not. [Read more...]

Nash sprains ankle in Hawks game

Update:  Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson told Suns.com on Wednesday evening that Steve Nash had “minimal swelling” in his right ankle.  He is expected to be held out of Friday’s game but will be day-to-day after that.

Only being able to listen to the play-by-play on the radio made my mind go a little wild after it first happened.  But luckily, Suns.com and Aaron Nelson were there to alieve all Suns fans’ fears of the worst.

Here’s hoping for a quick recovery! [Read more...]

New 'Do for Diaw


Diaw talks with a reporter from France after Tuesday morning’s practice.
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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...]

Shaq Shines

The buzzword around the Suns these days is “Patience.”  It will be a process and a journey with a brand new system implemented by Terry Porter.  There are times when the team struggles with the new half-court sets and the “push your man baseline” defensive concepts.  But through repetition and commitment to The Porter Principles, you can see progress every day.  And the model student at class is one of the oldest:  Shaquille O’Neal. [Read more...]

Leandro Barbosa is back!

After missing all of training camp and the Phoenix Suns’ first three pre-season games, Leandro Barbosa is back from Brazil.  Barbosa was with the team on Media Day and then left the team to fly to Brazil so he could tend to his sick mother.

Many of the players didn’t realize LB would be back at practice this morning.  The flight from Brazil to Phoenix is 13 hours and he didn’t get in until 10:00am this morning.  He left the airport and came right to practice.  When someone asked him about the flight, he only said, “It’s a long flight.” [Read more...]

Suns Under the Stars I

With the Suns scheduled to play the second outdoor game in their history tonight, there was the predictable search through the memory banks to dredge up hazy recollections of the first one 36 years ago.

Saturday’s exhibition vs. the Denver Nuggets will be played under the lights at the plush Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., while Outdoor I was played on September 24, 1972 in no-frills Hiram Bithorn Baseball Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico against the Milwaukee Bucks. [Read more...]