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So in case you missed parts of the broadcast Tuesday night from Memphis, here are the Top Moments of 2008 from Suns players and coaches that I spoke with before the “thrilling” victory over the Grizzlies:

TOP MOMENTS IN 2008

Terry Porter:  Barack Obama’s election and being named Suns Head Coach (“in that order”, he said!)

Matt Barnes:  The birth of his twin boys Isaiah and Carter in early November

Steve Nash:  Obama’s Victory

Amar’e Stoudemire:  His visit to Sierra Leone in West Africa where his foundation helped create more water wells for the impoverished (Amar’e called this his “proudest moment”) and the birth of his third child, daughter Assata in May

Grant Hill: Obama’s victory over McCain.  I then said we have alot of those…so Grant resonded for his second choice: “Obama over Hillary!”

Lou Amundson:  Signing with the Suns and buying his mom a house in Denver

Leandro Barbosa:  His family vacation to Rio and northern Brazil over the summer.  This was his last vacation with his mom, Ivette, before she passed away.

Jared Dudley: Being traded to the Suns, which he called a classy and winning organization and also close to his home in San Diego

Jason Richardson:  His 360 degree dunk off a lob pass from Bobcat teammate Raymond Felton in a game against the Wolves.  JRich called it “maybe my best dunk ever since it was a 360 off an alley oop.”

Assistant Coach Igor Kokoskov:  Moving from Detroit to Phoenix after spending the past five years in Michigan.  Igor said that when he accepted the Suns offer to join Terry Porter’s staff, Pistons GM Joe Dumars said that while he regrets losing Igor, if he had to go, the Suns were the best destination because of the impeccable reputation they have around the league.

Assistant Coach Dan Majerle: His top moment of 2008 was not having to work with me anymore!

With that…Happy New Year to all you loyal and passionate Suns fans!  May 2009 bring you happiness and lots of playoff wins!

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