Suns Try Their Hands as Next American Idols



On a scale of 1-to-10, Coach Gentry gave his players’ performance at the Gala a -3.
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With all of the proceeds going to Phoenix Suns Charities, the Suns & Stars Gala is an event that allows Valley residents to rub elbows with Suns players and personalities. This year’s event took place Saturday at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix and featured the legendary musical group Kool & the Gang.

As usual, there was a little surprise prepared for the guests. About midway through Kool & the Gang’s performance of “Ladies’ Night,” the Suns’ Goran Dragic, Robin Lopez, Earl Clark and Taylor Griffin stepped on stage to assist the band with their routine.

The four players, who had reportedly practiced singing and dancing to the song, received mixed reviews from their fellow teammates and coaching staff. Although Grant Hill, who is married to a Grammy-nominated singer, said that he enjoyed Dragic’s performance the most.

When probed about whether or not it was because Dragic “owned it,” Hill responded, “Yeah, if that’s what you want to call it.”

Gentry also wasn’t particularly impressed.

“On a scale of 1-to-10 I rate it about a -3,” the Suns Head Coach said. “Thank God they can play basketball. I rate it right up there with William Hung.”

Dragic maintains that he was bamboozled by the entertainment staff and was supposed to perform a dance that he had rehearsed but was never given the correct cue. Although the second-year man is crying conspiracy to all of those that will listen, the added structure probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference.

But to Dragic’s credit, he did leave it all out on stage, whereas Clark seemed a tad shaken by his solo performance.

“Earl was cool enough he thought he was at a Snoop concert,” Gentry added.

The surprise of the evening was Griffin, who actually showed some 70s flavor and funk with his dancing. At one point, he pulled a “Saturday Night Fever,” taking off his coat and tossing it a la Travolta while working the stage. The rookie forward also boasted the best singing voice of the foursome.

Although, it’s unlikely that a record contract will be signed anytime soon.

The cause raised roughly $1 million for charity.

Celebrity Shootout Brings Hollywood to Phoenix



Where else can you see a Common-Lieberman duel but in the Celebrity Shootout?
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Although the Lakers will be rolling into town to take on the Suns this Friday, the Suns already brought L.A. to Phoenix this past weekend. Hollywood descended upon US Airways Center this past weekend when celebrities traded in the red carpet for the hardwood in the 9th Annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout. [Read more...]

Trade Talk 101



With the trade deadline approaching fast, Kerr and the front office have been receiving a lot of calls recently.
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It’s that time of the year again. With the trade deadline a mere month away, the rumor mill has officially begun to churn about which teams around the league are looking to make moves or trade away some of their personnel. [Read more...]

Suns Face Wrath From Scheduling Gods



These guys won’t admit it, but they could use a break.
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The funny thing about history is that it always comes down to the bottom line. When one looks back at a basketball season, they head right for the win-loss column and make a judgment about a team’s total body of work. [Read more...]

What Has Slowed the Suns?



If these two guys aren’t worried, should you be?
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The Suns dropping four of their last five games has some fans reaching for the panic button. So let’s see if we can put the situation in perspective. [Read more...]

Practice Court Report: 10/27



Gentry likes that Collins didn’t attend Appalachian St.
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As the Suns open the season in L.A. against the Clippers tomorrow, they’ll have an asset off the bench that they didn’t have at the beginning of the week. Phoenix was awarded 6-11 Jarron Collins off of waivers from Portland yesterday, beefing the frontline up a little around the basket. [Read more...]

Predictions for the 2009-10 Suns



Frye and Stoudemire should make for a potent frontcourt attack.
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From the basketball writer that predicted the Y2K hoax and Balloon Boy’s whereabouts, Suns.com’s Stefan Swiat will lay his already shattered reputation on the line to predict with all uncertainty, how the Suns will fare this season. Brace yourselves to see the limb he will not go out on: [Read more...]

Stevemania



Nash’s teammates warmed up the crowd for his dramatic entrance.
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The best moment of the trip was when the players were waiting on the bus for Nash as he was finishing speaking to a group of children after the completion of the game. The bus was parked about 15 feet away from the exit of the arena and there was a barricade on each side holding a ton of fans back from the players as they attempted to board the bus. [Read more...]

Suns in Vancouver: Top 10 Notes



You don’t see this everyday in the States.
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The Suns are in Vancouver, Canada as they get ready to face the Trail Blazers in their final preseason contest. Check out some interesting tidbits from their trip. [Read more...]

Stoudemire Faces Media Blitz



You never know where STAT is going to pop up.
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After spending much of his summer cooped up nursing his ailing eye, Amar’e Stoudemire seems to be making up for lost time. [Read more...]