Bad Reaction to Suns Pick Not Always a Bad Thing

This may seem odd as an employee of the Phoenix Suns, but I’m hoping fans boo the team’s 2012 draft pick and it’s not because I have some sick desire to lose my job.

Before you bring out the straight jacket and treat me like I’m Charlie Sheen after a bender, hear me out.

Over the years, Suns fans booing a draft pick has been a pretty good barometer of future success. As in, when we boo, the player tends to far exceed our expectations. It’s kind of like the Bizarro version of Superman. [Read more...]

Remembering Charles Barkley's Arrival

It’s crazy how 20 years slips by. And from the moment Charles stepped into the terminal at Sky Harbor Airport, the sports landscape changed forever in Arizona. There never had been and never will be a bigger sports personality in the Valley. We have seen some major superstars and Hall of Famers like Randy Johnson of the D’Backs, Emmitt Smith and Kurt Warner with the Cardinals and even Wayne Gretzky skate-in to run the Coyotes, but nobody held a crowd with bravado and charisma like Chuck.

I was watching the “Dream Team” documentary the other night, and it occurred to me how modest and humble Charles was during those first couple days in Phoenix. But once he settled in to his sizzling new home after his arrival (by the way, Cotton Fitzsimmons should have raised the roof on his convertible when he drove Barkley away from the airport that smokin’ hot day), Charles let it fly. We all know what a sound bite machine he was (and still is), not to mention his antics on and off the floor that are still legendary. But I will always remember the behind the scenes events from that first year – like the first training camp up in Flagstaff. [Read more...]

Flashback Friday: 1993 NBA All-Star Game

Welcome to a new feature here on the blog we’re calling Flashback Friday where we fire up the Delorean to 88 mph — as long as we have enough plutonium — and take a look back at a part of Suns history.

This week we rummaged through the tape library and dusted off this classic look at the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Utah. Remember that game? It was the one where the Suns coaching staff of Paul Westphal, Lionel Hollins and Scotty Robertson manned the helm of the Western Conference team. It was also the weekend Charles Barkley was a starter and the leading vote getter in the West, Dan Majerle came off the bench, Cedric Ceballos was defending his dunk contest championship and Connie Hawkins played in the legends game.

So won’t you take a walk down memory lane with us? We promise you won’t be disappointed (Disclaimer: We can’t really promise that but we have a good feeling that you’ll enjoy this.)

Dan on Dan

Ever wonder what Dan Majerle’s biggest joy, biggest regret and most haunting moment as a member of the Suns are? Would you guess that all three are the same?

The Suns assistant coach sat down with ESPN’s Dan Le Batard and his father on Friday’s edition of “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” to answer those exact questions, telling the father-son duo that the 1992-93 season contained all three of those emotions. He explained the season as a whole was the biggest joy of his playing career, and losing to the Chicago Bulls in the Finals was his largest regret that haunts him to this day. [Read more...]

Majerle Still Making Plays From Downtown

Dan Majerle was no stranger to catching a bounce pass or two at US Airways Center back in the day or making the big play from “downtown.” He probably didn’t expect to have to do it again as a fan this past weekend though. [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...]

"Lightning Lou" Makes Return to Phoenix

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When Shaq was in Phoenix, he dubbed Warriors forward Louis Amundson, “Lightning Lou.” [Read more...]

Newest Suns Report to First Practice

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Normally after a tough back-to-back, the Suns would have a day off the day after, especially when the next game is two days away. [Read more...]

Why Dudley Wanted to Remain in Phoenix

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About 8-10 minutes before the deadline for signing contract extensions expired last night, Jared Dudley inked a deal that could keep him a Sun for possibly five more years. [Read more...]

Suns' Summer League Player Evaluations



Reynolds showed a nice ability to run the show.
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I’ve taken in a week of the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League and after consulting with various members of esteemed front offices, life-long scouts and other basketball dignitaries, and I feel quite comfortable in ignoring all of their insight and offering my own analysis to you instead. So without further ado, here’s the team’s report card for the week: [Read more...]