Entries from December 2011

Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick working toward bounceback seasons

December 21st, 2011 · 21 Comments

PHOENIX – Nearly a year and a half ago, the Suns signed Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress, and Hakim Warrick to help Phoenix transition away from the Amare Stoudemire era. The trio was summoned by Lon Babby to try their hand at replacing one of the NBA’s most dominant offensive big men. Phoenix’s plan flopped. Turkoglu […]

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Tags: Hakim Warrick · Josh Childress · Phoenix Suns

Marcin Gortat says he will fight through broken thumb

December 21st, 2011 · 5 Comments

Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat broke his thumb in the team’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and while he’ll sit out Thursday’s rematch against the Nuggets, he will likely be back in the rotation come Monday’s season opener, according to Paul Coro. Coro reports that Robin Lopez will start in place of […]

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Tags: Marcin Gortat · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News

Defensive learning curve: Suns drop first preseason game to Denver Nuggets, 127-110

December 20th, 2011 · 31 Comments

At a first glance, the Phoenix Suns’ 127-110 loss on Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets doesn’t suggest that much has changed from last season on the defensive side of the ball. The Suns’ defense ranged from porous-to-downright poor in Denver, and considering they were looking to improve behind the leadership of defensive coordinator Elston Turner, […]

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Tags: Denver Nuggets · Hakim Warrick · Marcin Gortat · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Steve Nash

The cap space diet

December 20th, 2011 · 18 Comments

Are you an NBA franchise struggling with bad contracts in an uncertain economic climate? Are you tired of paying $60-plus million per year to be eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies in five games? (I’m looking at you Portland, San Antonio, and Utah.) Have you ever employed Isiah Thomas? Then you need the Cap Space Diet. […]

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Tags: Free Agency · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Ronnie Price hangs his hat on defense, toughness

December 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

PHOENIX — When Ronnie Price wrapped up his four-year hoops career at Clear Brook High School, there were no big-time universities waiting for him. In fact, there weren’t any schools at all. The Friendswood, Texas native graduated high school at 5-foot-7, 140 pounds soaking wet. Coaches didn’t like his prospects at the next level, leaving […]

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Tags: Defense · Phoenix Suns · Ronnie Price

Phoenix Suns emphasizing defense with Elston Turner’s guidance

December 20th, 2011 · 9 Comments

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns couldn’t sign Dwight Howard to patrol the paint. They didn’t have the assets to bring on Rajon Rondo to lock up opposing point guards, or Tony Allen to be the Kobe Stopper. So the Suns did the next best thing – hired a touted defensive coordinator to make the most […]

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Tags: Defense · Phoenix Suns