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Hello everybody,

I am Lou Amundson and this is my Blog!

This is my first experience doing something like this, but I will have some fun with it and hopefully the fans out there will enjoy reading it, too. I plan on simply sharing some of my thoughts throughout the remainder of the season and to give an inside perspective on what it’s like to play for the Sun.

For those of you who know nothing about me…. well, Google me. For those who do, I hope to share a little more about myself than what my fantasy value is or what I’m shooting from the field. I am a truly laid back dude from Boulder, CO, who loves his mom, works hard, and no, it’s not a joke… rides a bike to practice. I feel extremely blessed to be playing in the NBA and will never take this experience for granted. I have spent time in the D-League with players who would do anything to just get a taste of the NBA. I am truly living my dream and am very grateful to all those who have helped me along the way.

There has been a lot of buzz lately around this whole nickname thing and everybody keeps asking me what I think it should be. So let me clear the air on the subject. First of all, you can’t give yourself a nickname! So don’t ask me to come up with one….You think Barkley told everybody to call him the “Round Mound of Rebound?” Probably not. I will say this, Light Rail Lou, while kind of catchy with the whole alliteration thing, just doesn’t sound all that cool, you know?

My favorites thus far include: Lou Skywalker, Thor, and of course, Lightning Lou. Anytime the Diesel gives somebody a nickname it tends to stick, so that definitely has to be given some serious consideration. I checked Suns.com the other day and there are some really creative ones you fans have submitted on there. Today my buddy came up with Lucifer, but I think that might be a little too demonic. You can’t have thousands of fans screaming “Lucifer” at the games. Although, they could play that Jay-Z song instead of the “Louie, Louie” one they got working now, that would be hitting. Anyway, I will keep everyone posted on any new developments with the nickname thing.

I am writing this in Toronto, the first stop of a long East coast road trip where we will play six games in nine days. I just got back from a charity event held by Steve called the Nash Bash. His organization, Athletes for Africa, focuses on football (or soccer as we call it here) to organize and benefit impoverished youth in Africa. It was one of the nicest events of this kind I have been to. The food was phenomenal, there was an award winning vocalist performing a capella, and of course the people were all very nice. I was talking for a while with two interesting Canadians about the Indie Rock scene in Toronto and the U.S.

I know everybody is excited for the Cardinals’ game tomorrow. It’s truly amazing what that team has done this year and how good Kurt Warner has been. He has been counted out so many times but keeps coming back. He’s a monster. Hopefully we will be able to see the game on Sunday when we get to Boston. So, that’s it for now, it’s getting late and we have an early start Sunday morning so I better get some rest.

Peace