Time: The Suns host the Kings tonight at 7 at US Airways Center. [Read more...]
Since being selected with the No. 35 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Raptors, P.J. Tucker has taken a basketball odyssey that has taken him from the NBA, to around the world, and now back to the NBA. Signed by the Suns this summer, the small forward shared his experiences of playing around the world with me recently. Check out what he had to say about life abroad in this little trivia contest. His answers might surprise you. [Read more...]
Dudley came back in 2010-11 (left) lighter and leaner than in 2009-10 (right).
After chasing around Kobe Bryant during the entire Western Conference Finals last season, Suns swingman Jared Dudley made a pact with himself. He was going to return for the 2010-11 season a new man with a new body.
When Dudley showed up at US Airways Center this past September, the work that he put in over the offseason was visibly apparent the second you saw him. The former Boston College standout was a cardio animal last summer, running and participating in intense basketball drills in order to become quicker, more agile and better prepared to guard freaky athletic perimeter players.
He dropped over 15 pounds and worked on his mid-range game. Dudley spent hour upon hour working on his pull-up jumper off the dribble, which enabled him to help Steve Nash put pressure on the defense this season.
The effort paid off for the 6-7 swingman. Dudley posted a career-high in points (10.6), rebounds, steals and blocks, while starting a career-high 15 games.
He even set a career high in dunks. You can see those beauties by clicking here.
However, the four-year veteran is vowing not to become complacent. After all the work he did to trim down last season, Dudley said he’s going to switch things up and hit the weight room… hard.
“I didn’t lift one time last summer,” he said. “This summer, I’ll probably will lift four times a week.”
The reasoning behind hitting the weight room?
“Muscle is always better than fat,” he said semi-seriously, semi-jokingly.
Maybe Dudley will come back looking more like this next season?
Dudley is here to “pump you up.”
If fans were to show up to a sporting event a see that featured “Half-Man Half-Amazing” and the “Polish Hammer,” they probably wouldn’t expect to be showing up at a basketball game. They would probably figure they were going to a wrestling match. [Read more...]
J-Rich and Co. will be done with the Heat by Christmas.
(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
The old axiom says, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Fortunately for the Suns, their finish should be much less turbulent than their start. [Read more...]
Since being sent down to the D-league on November 16, Gani Lawal has appeared in seven games for the Iowa Energy, who have the best record in the league at 7-1. [Read more...]
With all of the travel associated with being a professional basketball player, the NBA season can be quite a grind at times. The Suns, who are one of just seven teams that played seven or less home games thus far this season, know that reality more than most teams right now. [Read more...]
Bulls center Omer Asik, a rookie from Turkey, was hanging around fellow countryman Hedo Turkoglu before the tip-off of the Bulls-Suns game last Wednesday. Both players were a part of a Turkish National Team that gave Team USA everything it could handle in the gold medal game of the 2010 FIBA World Championships. [Read more...]
Cartwright’s favorite genre is the blues, although he also enjoys rock.
(Not an actual photo. Although Coach can hear Jimi, he’s not actually Jimi)
Since we know that Yao Ming plays the drums (scroll to 58 seconds), at 7-1, Suns assistant coach Bill Cartwright just may be the tallest guitar player in the world. There may not be any statistical evidence to back that up, but that’s the beauty of a blog. [Read more...]