Suns One On One: Foreign All-Star Games

Suns One On One host Greg Esposito sat down with P.J. Tucker and Goran Dragic to discuss their experience in foreign all-star games and find out what dunk one of these two won a dunk contest on. Hear all that and much more on this week’s episode.

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P.J. Tucker Appeals ESPN Ruling

They say that any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right. “They” obviously have never seen themselves on SportsCenter on a Friday morning with circus music playing underneath. P.J. Tucker has. As a matter of fact, he now has a pretty unspectacular three-peat (Please don’t charge us for the use of the term alright Pat Riley. Remember you used to play here.)

Tucker is no stranger to getting dirty. He does everything for the team, even prompting certain people, — OK, just me — to refer to him as the Garbage Man. That doesn’t mean he likes to be told he “stinks” though. Despite that knowledge, ESPN, for the third time in six weeks of the NBA season, has included him in their Friday “Not Top 10” list. [Read more...]

Tucker Returns to Where NBA Career Began

While it would be easy to look at P.J. Tucker’s statistics through the first three games of this current six-game road trip and assume he’s been struggling, the production of some players can’t be defined by a boxscore. [Read more...]

P.J. Tucker the Next Dan Majerle?

It’s a little known fact what is P.J. in P.J. Tucker stands for. That’s because Tucker’s real first name is Anthony: named after his dad. So why aren’t his initials A.J.?

His father, a baseball player, was known for the pop in his bat and thus got the moniker, Pop. That’s how the Suns forward wound up with the nickname Pops Jr., or P.J. for short.

It’s funny because pop is exactly what Tucker has provided the Suns off the bench all season long. His energy and effort have been a large reason why the Suns have made more comebacks this season than Brett Favre and Guns and Roses combined. [Read more...]

Oddservations: P.J. Tucker Phoenix’s Type

Just because your Suns dropped a tough one 107-97 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Tulsa, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some bright spots and entertaining moments. Here are three oddservations from the game.

1) Bench Mobbed

Sure, Alvin Gentry’s team lost to the Thunder but there was a reason for it. His starters spent less time on the court than Amanda Bynes has spent in one recently. Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Michael Beasley spent a combined 56 minutes on the floor or roughly 11 minutes each. That meant the bench got their first real chance to prove themselves in the fourth preseason game and they took advantage of it. [Read more...]