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...]

New Suns Are Cure For Hoops Depression

And here I was, all set to be depressed this summer. As top free agents were discussing sexy destinations, “big threes” and contract extensions, I was roaming the aisles of my supermarket for comfort food, Netflixing the first two seasons of “Downton Abbey” and ordering tissues in bulk.

Then a funny thing happened. The Suns went and made themselves interesting again. They added seven new names to the roster, whether by draft or free agency. They radically changed the makeup and chemistry of the team practically overnight, while refusing to sit and pout if free agents bid farewell. No time for tears. Moving on. Next starts now. [Read more...]

After the dark night, Suns look to rise

What do a 30-something billionaire playboy who fights crime dressed as a bat and a 45-year-old NBA franchise that battles its Western Conference foes and calls Phoenix home have in common? A lot more than you probably think. That is, if you don’t think like me.

If you know anything about me, which you probably don’t, there are two things I love in life, Batman and the Suns. (Oh, I should probably say my wife as well, so I have a place to sleep tonight.) That’s why, after seeing The Dark Knight Rises for the third time in as many weeks, I decided it was time to compare the two by taking quotes from the film and using them to explain their team’s offseason. [Read more...]