Entries from May 2011

Robin Lopez’s regression leads to all-around disappointing season

May 30th, 2011 · 20 Comments

PHOENIX — Before the season tipped off, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry proclaimed Robin Lopez would be the second most important player for the 2010-11 Phoenix Suns. As it turned out, he was barely the second most important center on the roster. It’s startling to think how far Lopez’s star has fallen from last year […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Rebounding · Robin Lopez

Charles Barkley reflects on a list he wants no part of

May 28th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Every time Charles Barkley turns on a championship matchup — be it the Super Bowl, World Series or NBA Finals — he knows it’s coming. He calls it “the s— list,” the list of great players who have never won a ring that taunts Barkley whenever a member of this exclusive list plays on the […]

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Tags: 1993 Phoenix Suns · Charles Barkley · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Steve Nash

Josh Childress’ future in Phoenix brighter than you may think despite lackluster campaign

May 27th, 2011 · 13 Comments

PHOENIX — This is not what Josh Childress signed up for. He did not leave Greece for Phoenix to fracture a finger during the preseason and then watch his rotation spot disappear just as his injury healed due to a trade he had no control over. After a lackluster opening to his season, Childress became […]

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Tags: Josh Childress · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Shawn Marion finally reaches NBA Finals with Dallas Mavericks

May 26th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Steve Nash’s odyssey for a championship is well known in these parts, but let’s not forget about his old running mate Shawn Marion’s quest now that the Matrix is four wins away from becoming an NBA champion. Marion combined with Nash and Amare Stoudemire to form a devastating Big Three that perfectly fit Mike D’Antoni’s […]

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Steve Nash

Channing Frye under the advanced stats microscope

May 24th, 2011 · 6 Comments

PHOENIX — When the Phoenix Suns went a bit out of their comfort zone to sign Channing Frye to a five-year, $30 million extension last summer, some felt it was an overreaction to a bloated marketplace that featured a handful of middling big men signing sizable deals. After all Frye did enjoy a breakout season […]

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Tags: Channing Frye · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Marcin Gortat relishes opportunity with Suns, looking for more

May 23rd, 2011 · 16 Comments

PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat’s life changed forever on December 18, 2010. It was a day so important to him that he rattled off the date by heart following Phoenix’s final game, a day when he was not the best backup center in the NBA any longer. “December 18th was definitely the best day in my […]

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Tags: Marcin Gortat · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis