With the NBA regular season just over two months away, it seems like the offseason is finally beginning. With everything that has happened the past couple months, it’s almost as if there were no offseason yet for the NBA or the Phoenix Suns.
Through free agency, trades, an administrative overhaul and schedule announcements, there has been no shortage of Suns news. Things are starting to slow down now though, which means it’s time to get creative at least until the preseason.
As the Suns inch closer to another season and their public relations team finally gets to stop and take a breath, here’s what’s being said on Planet Orange.
- Even the Suns can’t escape the Brett Favre storm as Arizona Republic Bob Young compares the Minnesota Vikings pursuit of the quarterback to the Suns 1999 courting of Antonio McDyess.
- Also in The Republic, Paul Coro profiles new Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby and how his various experience prepared him for his new role: “Even with 33 years in sports law, in baseball and football front offices and as a basketball agent, Babby never saw the role of Suns president coming until it spun out of other talks with Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver.”
- Tom Haberstroh compiled a list for Hardwood Paroxysm detailing the best bargains in the NBA last year. Haberstroh uses an interesting method, essentially monetizing play production and the cost of win on the free agent market. Ranking as the eighth-best bargain last year was the Suns’ own two-time MVP Steve Nash. Look for Michael Schwartz’s upcoming Valley of the Suns article elaborating on Nash’s contract.
- One more from The Republic: Coro writes about Grant Hill’s hoops game with President Barack Obama and the NBA’s best. Hill said the NBA players weren’t going full force and the commander in chief apparently hit a game-winning shot to knock off Hill’s squad. Think they let the basketball-loving president win?
- On Bright Side of the Sun, Seth Pollack has the scoop on something Goran Dragic told a Greek basketball website: he could leave the NBA. The Suns don’t seem too concerned with the report, as they’ve got long-term plans for Dragic and the statement may have been somewhat skewed in translation. UPDATED: Dragic has since e-mailed Pollack to confirm that this was “a big misunderstanding” and say that he hopes “to stay in Phoenix for many years.”
- A lot of Suns players are working with trainers in intense regimens, but Channing Frye took up a more unconventional workout routine: kickball. ESPN’s Page 2 talked to Frye at an event in Oregon where Frye lives and plays the recess classic.
- ESPN’s Marc Stein shares inside information on Louis Amundson’s NBA future, which obviously doesn’t include the Suns. With the way teams spent money this offseason, it’s amazing that Amundson hasn’t been scooped up.