Entries from May 2013

Jermaine O’Neal: Rejuvenation and frustration

May 18th, 2013 · 17 Comments

Like so many veterans before him, Jermaine O’Neal came to Phoenix in search of rejuvenation. He had spent his previous two seasons languishing in Boston with seemingly insurmountable injury woes. The allure of the storied Phoenix Suns’ training staff and miracles they had worked on other veteran’s bodies was strong, and so he signed on […]

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P.J. Tucker fulfills promises, finds his place

May 17th, 2013 · 26 Comments

Failure’s traditional plot in the NBA — where niches are as important as the fairytale dreams of superstardom — generally begins with talent and bloated heads. It’s not P.J. Tucker’s story, though he’ll admit to once having a bloated head. If there was one success of former general manager Lance Blanks’ tenure, it was bringing […]

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Wesley Johnson is talented but still very raw

May 16th, 2013 · 25 Comments

The narrative of Wesley Johnson’s first, and possibly last, season in Phoenix perfectly mirrors the story of the Suns’ season as a whole. Johnson’s arrival this past summer, like that of so many of his teammates, was unexpected. The Suns put together a three-team trade that sent backup center Robin Lopez and and reserve forward […]

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Shannon Brown sees role reduced, days appear to be numbered in Phoenix

May 15th, 2013 · 14 Comments

PHOENIX — To call Shannon Brown’s seven-year NBA career a journey would be an understatement. The former Michigan State product has gone from first-round draft pick to D-Leaguer to two-time champion to super sub to late-season starter. And that was all before the 2012-13 season even began. Heading into last summer, Brown made it known […]

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Patience pays off for Hamed Haddadi

May 14th, 2013 · 18 Comments

Eight hundred and twenty-one minutes. That’s the amount of floor-time Iranian big man Hamed Haddadi saw with the Memphis Grizzlies through his first four-and-a-half years in the NBA. That amounts to approximately 68 minutes per month, 16 minutes per week and 2.3 minutes per day against the best basketball players in the world. Haddadi didn’t […]

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Diante Garrett flashes NBA-caliber talent in rookie season

May 14th, 2013 · 15 Comments

Opportunity knocked on Diante Garrett’s door, and now it’s only a matter of whether it was a pseudo-investment by the Phoenix Suns in terms of their own future, that is. Garrett joined Luke Zeller as the two final pieces to the 2012-13 roster as Phoenix went with an inexpensive, developmentally-based mindset, but how the new […]

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