Court Report: Jermaine O’Neal Takes Leave

Court Report

The Suns are currently riding a season-high-tying three-game winning streak as they face the visiting Raptors on Wednesday. With four days between games, the Suns had a nice little respite before resuming the final 22 contests of the regular season. Check out what was uncovered after practice Tuesday.

O’Neal Absent

In order to catch a flight to Boston to visit his daughter, Suns center Jermaine O’Neal left practice early Tuesday. His 13-year-old daughter, Asjia, will undergo surgery to repair a leaky heart valve Wednesday. [Read more...]

Suns One On One: Lindsey Hunter

Suns One On One host Greg Esposito caught up with newly named interim head coach Lindsey Hunter after his first practice. The two discuss Hunter’s youth in Mississippi, beating the odds, his 17-year NBA career and winning championships and his desire to coach in the NBA.

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Ten Things About Lindsey Hunter

His No. 11 jersey is retired at Jackson State following a three-year college playing career with the Tigers. Perhaps the most famous athlete to ever come out of Jackson State is former Chicago Bears runningback Walter Payton.

  • Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft in a class that included Chris Webber, Anfernee Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn.
  • Has played with all-time greats including Isiah Thomas and Shaquille O’Neal, and coached by greats including Phil Jackson and Larry Brown.
  • Captured two championships during his NBA playing career – one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002, and another with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
  • During his playing career, Hunter became one of just four NBA players (Derek Fisher, Mickey Johnson and Damon Jones) in history to play in all 82 games for three different teams.
  • When he retired with the Bulls in 2010, Hunter was the NBA’s oldest player at 39. In Chicago, the playmaker was teammates with Derrick Rose who at the time was just 21, and was just four years younger than his head coach Vinny Del Negro.
  • With Phoenix, Hunter becomes the third youngest coach in the NBA behind Orlando’s Jacque Vaughn and Indiana’s Frank Vogel.
  • Lindsey Hunter is the 15th head coach in Suns history.
  • At 6’2, Hunter is shorter than any Phoenix Suns player with the exception of Sebastian Telfair.
  • A collector of automobiles, Hunter owned his own custom car shop in Detroit which specialized in auto detailing and refurbishing.