Entries from October 2012

Phoenix Suns shoot their way to first preseason win just like old times

October 13th, 2012 · 15 Comments

PHOENIX — The Suns may be entering a new era, yet the positives and negatives of Friday’s 104-93 home-opening win over the Portland Trail Blazers sure seem awfully familiar. Phoenix shot its way to victory by drilling 10-of-20 treys and shooting 51.2 percent overall, thanks in large part to the open shots created by point […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Portland Trail Blazers · Three-Pointers

Ease is the key for Michael Beasley

October 12th, 2012 · 10 Comments

PHOENIX — It was the iconic “Be easy Mike Beasley” introduction in the late Adam Yauch’s “Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot” trailer that perfectly described a player overflowing with talent but unharnessed in behavior. Ease is the best way to describe Beasley’s game, but it’s also led to a lingering question mark that’s resulted in […]

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Tags: Michael Beasley · Phoenix Suns

New era of Suns basketball begins with loss in Sacramento

October 10th, 2012 · 60 Comments

After one of the more eventful summers in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns finally got back to the business of basketball Wednesday night against the Kings. For the first 12 minutes, it appeared the so-called “squad in transition” was at ease without its former two-time MVP point guard. Over the final 36 minutes, however, the […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Sacramento Kings

Elston Turner confident Suns’ defense will improve despite offseason turnover

October 10th, 2012 · 15 Comments

PHOENIX — Now and again, it’s healthy to get a little nostalgic. Well, maybe that’s only partly true. Because as I went to search for the so-called defensive glory days of Suns basketball, I found out that 2000-01 — the last time the team had a top 10 defense in the NBA — wasn’t all […]

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Tags: Alvin Gentry · Defense · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Luis Scola is the oddball pickup of the 2012 offseason

October 9th, 2012 · 20 Comments

PHOENIX — The oddball of the Phoenix Suns’ offseason haul, Luis Scola doesn’t fit the mold of the franchise’s new model that embraces youth and flash. This isn’t Goran Dragic dropping 20-plus in a quarter or the untapped potential of Michael Beasley. This is the 32-year-old Argentinian who got amnestied by a Houston Rockets team […]

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Tags: Luis Scola · Phoenix Suns

Lon Babby dishes on tanking, finding a star and the end of the Nash era

October 8th, 2012 · 25 Comments

PHOENIX — Back in 2010 the Phoenix Suns embarked on a franchise-altering offseason without a general manager, instead seemingly making decisions on the fly once Amare Stoudemire fled for the Big Apple. Lon Babby was hired shortly thereafter as the Suns’ president of basketball operations and has now had two years to take inventory of […]

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Tags: Lon Babby · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis