Gentry’s Friend Becomes Foe


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It looks as if the playbooks can be thrown out when the Suns and Lakers face each other this season. Who needs them when both teams have been studying the same one? [Read more...]

Don’t Call it a Comeback. Call it Historic

Don’t call it a comeback. Call it a historic comeback. Period.

That’s what happened at US Airways Center on Friday night. After trailing the Cavs by as many as 26 points and after falling behind 36-17 after one quarter, the Suns completed the third largest comeback in franchise history and the largest ever seen by a crowd in Phoenix. It was proof that the beauty of sports is anything can happen at any time. [Read more...]

Suns One on One: Brown and Gentry Raining 3′s

It’s episode No. 2 of Suns One-on-One, the official team podcast, and it’s an impromptu edition of the show. While our host Greg Esposito usually will only do one show a week, Shannon Brown’s amazing fourth quarter performance on Wednesday in Charlotte warranted a second show of the week. We talk to Head Coach Alvin Gentry about what it’s like to have a player get that hot, if your ever tempted to give him a breather and if Brown’s performance rivaled Goran Dragic’s third quarter in the 2010 Western Conference Finals against the Spurs. We then catch up with the man of the hour — or is that of the six minute podcast? — Brown. The shooting guard breaks down his performance and shares if he thinks anyone could have out shot him last night.

Don’t forget you can find a new episode of the show here every week, you can also subscribe to the show on iTunes and listen in the Suns App .

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Brown’s NBA Jam Moment

If you’re a child of the 90s when you hear the phrase “He’s on fire!” your thoughts immediately turn into a 16-bit versions of reality. That’s because the phrase was made popular by the genre defining video game NBA Jam. On Wednesday night in Charlotte, Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown made it popular again.

In the 4th quarter, with his team clinging to an 85-81 lead after being ahead by double-digits, Brown decided to get hotter than a Suns Dancers swimsuit calendar shoot (which just happened to occur on Wednesday as well). The swingman entered the final quarter with a relatively quiet 9 points. That didn’t last for long. [Read more...]

Oddservations From Suns at Mavericks

With the Suns getting the 100-94 victory in Dallas, it only seemed appropriate to take a closer look at the win. Here are three interesting observations, or oddservations if you will, from the game.

1) Big D(efense)

For those of us covering Suns practices this preseason, Alvin Gentry started to sound like a broken record (or for those of a younger generation, a scratched CD or a corrupt MP3 file). For the better part of three weeks the head coach had preached that his team needed to get better on the defensive end and on the offensive glass if they wanted to win on a regular basis. It was like he could see into the future. [Read more...]

Underdog Role Not Bad for Suns

Ask a group of people which super power they’d most want and a majority of them will tell you invisibility. Sure, plenty of people would say they’d choose the ability to fly, have x-ray vision or do celebrity impressions like Frank Caliendo for a myriad of reasons but the chance to go through certain aspects of life unseen supersedes them all. That’s because only the power of invisibility gives you the chance to accomplish things and do it with the element of surprise.

In sports it is a power that teams don’t necessarily want but sometimes will accept if it’s thrust upon them. The element of surprise for a team in sports isn’t called invisibility. It’s better known as being the underdog. [Read more...]

Optimism Reigns on Day 1 of Training Camp

The opening day for anything brings the most optimism. The first day a blockbuster movie comes out, people line up for tickets thanks to weeks and months of marketing and anticipation (See: Why I spent nine hours in a Dark Knight marathon).

The first day of school is when a child is most excited to see friends and meet a new teacher. A person’s first kiss is unlike anything they’ll ever experience again. In the NBA, the first day of training camp comes with a similar sense of anticipation and hopefulness. It’s the day when all 30 teams in the league are standing on similar footing. It’s when everyone is undefeated, literally and metaphorically. [Read more...]

A Coach, Mayor, Center and Cancer All in a Day's Work

The one question everyone seems to ask me when they find out what I do for a living is, “What’s it like to work in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns?” Usually my answer is somewhere between polite and brutally honest. I tell people that most days are like every other job. You clock in, sit at your desk and do your best to get your work done. The answer is a lot like seeing a Kardashian in person: not quite as glamorous as you’d expect.

The key to the description is “most days.” On some days calling the US Airways Center your office can be nothing short of surreal. This week had one of those days for me. It was a 12-hour period that had the potential to be one of the worst in my life, but turned into yet another reminder of why I’ve always had a connection with the Suns and the building. [Read more...]

Gentry has a Recipe for Success

Since the All-Star break the Suns have been hotter than the asphalt of a Phoenix parking lot in July. They’ve rattled off nine wins in 11 games, have moved over .500 for the first time this season and they’re only a half game back of the eighth and final playoff spot. Needless to say, after a rough start, things are starting to look brighter in Phoenix.

When asked after Sunday’s game to identify the difference between his team in the first and second half of the season, Head Coach Alvin Gentry sarcastically responded: “Coaching.” As they say, there’s an ounce (or in this case a pound) of truth in every joke. [Read more...]

All Dudley Does is Win

If Jared Dudley’s month of March continues the way it has gone so far, the Phoenix Suns may hire someone to constantly walk behind him carrying an iPod and speakers with the song “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled playing on loop. Picture a modern day John Cusack from the movie Say Anything if that helps.

That’s because Dudley has averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in a month in which the Suns are 5-2, and in two of those victories he has lead the team in scoring. But all of that may pale in comparison to his accomplishment on Monday. [Read more...]