Found in Translation


This is a short story about surgeons, Shanghai, and a guy named Sean. It is just one example of the kind of activity that goes on at the US Airways Center and the kind of people that are lucky enough to call it their workplace. [Read more...]

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Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty

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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10 points from the scrimmage team members Dan Hilton and Daniel Banks join forces to bring you ten random points about the Suns vs. Suns scrimmage on October 3.

#1: Still Pretty Fast

(Dan Hilton)
I think there may have been a fear among some fans that with a new coaching staff and an emphasis on defense, the team would slow down a bit. But with a total of 116 points between the teams, they still scored more than 23% of them on the fast break. Steve Nash looked as good as ever at pushing the ball and Goran Dragic is learning from Nash on how to run the break.

#2: Dancers Unveiled

(Daniel Banks)
The 2008-09 Suns Dancer squad may have been unveiled last month on (click here to see, I’ll wait here), but Friday night was their first chance to take the court together as a team. They stole the show with crisp choreography and fun. While the Suns still have one practice left before they wrap up camp, the Suns Dancers showed us they are more than ready for the season. Bring it on, Laker Girls!

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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,’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...]