The Human Side of the Suns

Sports is escapism.

We become fans of a team to forget about the day to day grind that is most of our lives. We live and die with the athletes. We over analyze their every move. We call for coaches jobs and question players ability and desire. As sports fans, we’re basically Simon Cowell while the athletes’ are American Idol — wait it’s now X-Factor — contestants. [Read more...]

Steve Nash Was Tim Tebow Before Tebow

Doubt can be a huge motivator. (And I’m not talking about the movie starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. That was just depressing.)

You have likely had that moment in life where a teacher, boss, loved one or complete stranger has doubted your ability, in one way or another, so much so that it pushed you to achieve something you didn’t quite know was possible. They become the type of person you use as motivation as you continue to push yourself. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you will eventually get to join the club. [Read more...]

Excitement and Intensity in the Air at Suns Camp

Camping isn’t exactly my idea of a good time, especially when it’s cold and rainy outside. See, I grew up in a family whose idea of roughing it was staying at a local motel rather than a national hotel chain. It’s not that we were hoity-toity, quite the contrary; we just weren’t what you’d describe as the outdoors type (we barely even hung out in our backyard, let alone the woods). Despite my aversion, after 28 years I’ve finally found a type of ‘camping’ that fits my style. Phoenix Suns training camp.

Instead of a tent, I have a curtained off section of Grand Canyon University’s Thunder Alley (which, after some intense investigation, I found out is in fact not named after Dan Majerle). In place of the tall trees of the forest, I’m surrounded by the tall players of the Suns and instead of wild animals lurking, there are wild college students and sleep deprived reporters all around. It’s my kind of ‘roughing it.’ [Read more...]

Cleaning Out My Locker

Gortat is the kind of center the Suns haven't had in a long time.

Well.

Having spent the last few weeks devoting every iota, every fiber of my being, to rooting against the Lakers, I finally have a little time on my hands. So I’m venturing into US Airways Center to at last clean out my locker from the 2010-2011 NBA season. Things tend to pile up during the course of six or seven months, and to be honest, I don’t do the best job of keeping my Superfan locker neat and orderly, so I have no idea what I’ll find…

Hey, here’s a Hedo Turkoglu Suns jersey, barely worn. And this looks like his playbook. I wonder why he wrote all this stuff in the margins… “Orlando roolz….I (heart) Orlando…Dwight, do you miss me?”

Speaking of playbooks, here’s Earl Clark’s. Wow, the spine really cracked when I opened it, like it had never been opened before.

Here’s Jason Richardson’s basketball card from 2006, when he was with Golden State. Twenty-three points per game. Say, that’s pretty good!

A whole folder of Josh Childress’ take-out menus from Italian restaurants. That are actually in Italy. Someone’s been remembering the good times, looks like.

A note from Gani Lawal’s agent outlining their strategy for convincing the Suns to keep him on for next season: “Emphasize league-leading shooting percentage.” It’s true, he didn’t miss a single shot all season. Then again, he didn’t take a shot, either.

Garret Siler’s food journal. Man, that’s a lot of soy!

What’s Frederic Weis doing in here? Boy, Vince Carter really does carry this guy with him everywhere he goes.

A letter from Yuta Tabuse to Zabian Dowdell…It’s written in Japanese, but I think I can translate it… “Hang in there…You never know.”

A half-full glass of Goran Dragic’s potential. I wonder why he didn’t use the whole thing while he was here? Oh well. I hope he took the rest to Houston with him.

I’m not sure if I’m reading these papers correctly…It looks like academic correspondence between Channing Frye and mathematicians at MIT discussing precise angles and trajectories for jump shots about twenty-three feet away from he basket. I guess that explains a lot about his last few seasons.

Jeez, this is heavy…a whole case of batteries for Jared Dudley’s iPhone. The man does love his Twitter.

This looks like a letter Marcin Gortat never got around to mailing home to Poland. “Dear Mom: Can you believe they’ve never had a center like me on this team before?”

Uh oh. Here’s Robin Lopez’s confidence. I thought I gave this to him at the start of the season. My bad, everybody. I’ll get it back to him before training camp, I promise.

The pawn shop receipt for Aaron Brooks’ “2009-2010 Most Improved Player” award. Boy, I sure hope he gets that back, and soon.

One lottery ticket, issued to Robert Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks and Alvin Gentry. And it’s in a little box with all these rabbits’ feet and four-leaf clovers…

A big, big box of thank you cards, messages of support, and letters of appreciation for Suns President Rick Welts. I don’t think he’s actually received these yet. But he will. Very soon. And he deserves them.

And finally…

Hey, what’s this buried way in the back here, covered by blankets? Looks like some kind of art or something. Lots of dust on them…Holy cow, I think these are portrait paintings of Steve Nash and Grant Hill! But the guys are painted to look like they’re 450 years old! I wonder if I should show these to them…Nah, I think I’ll just put them back where they were, keep them for next season, and forget I ever saw them.

The Suns Congratulate "Bounce" Winner

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Unless you haven’t clicked on Suns.com in the last 72 hours, you had no idea that something incredible occurred at US Airways Center on Tuesday. And it wasn’t even on the court. [Read more...]

Gentry Has Spring Break With the Sons

Gentry with his son, Jack, on the team charter.

Most kids this time of year go to the beach for Spring Break. But if you are Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s kids, you go to Sacramento. [Read more...]

On the Road and Inside a Coaches Meeting

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On Tuesday morning, corporate executives were meeting in board rooms all across America, setting their companies’ agenda for the day. The Phoenix Suns are no different. [Read more...]

Suns' Frye Could Miss 2-3 Weeks

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Suns starter Channing Frye, who has found himself on an offensive roll recently, will unfortunately now find himself sidelined for the next two-to-three weeks after dislocating his right shoulder yesterday. [Read more...]

Dragic Sidelined With Injured Foot

Out on the court, the risk of getting injured is always looming and something players actively try to prevent from occurring. It’s always disheartening when it happens, but even moreso when it happens off the court. [Read more...]

Suns' Carter Listed as Day-to-Day

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It’s still uncertain whether fans eager to see Vince Carter make his Suns debut against the Miami Heat on Thursday will have that holiday wish granted. [Read more...]