PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns will debut their orange, sleeved jerseys Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Neither the Suns’ own sleeved jerseys nor the All-Star versions released Thursday have garnered much support, to put it lightly, and Suns guard Goran Dragic is with that camp.
“I am not a huge fan of those jerseys,” Dragic said. “I have never imagined a basketball game that I would wear sleeved jerseys, but if we can win tomorrow then I will be a fan.”
When told of the recently revealed All-Star uniforms looking like soccer jerseys, he was very puzzled until asked if would he wear them if he made the game.
“I don’t care what kind of jersey in All-Star game. If I made it I would be happy,” a laughing Dragic said. “It’s just a weird feeling having those sleeves.”
For the record, Alex Len has said he’s OK with the sleeves since he’d played in similar gear at Maryland. So was Caron Butler, whose biggest contribution as a Sun was donning the sleeved jerseys in the Suns’ fashion show this offseason.
Fines come down after Nick Young altercation
The NBA announced that Lakers guard Nick Young would be suspended a game for throwing an elbow at Dragic, and the good news for the Suns is that rookie Alex Len, who was ejected after a Flagrant 2 foul on Young’s dunk attempt Wednesday, would only be fined.
The league is charging Len $15,000 for the foul, which is less than Marcus Morris’ $25,000 fine for “escalating the altercation” once Young picked himself off the deck and attempted to shove Len.
After the game, Suns guard Gerald Green thought it’d be unfair for the NBA to fine the rookie.
“I hate for that to happen to the rookie, Len,” Green said. “I don’t think that was intentional. I hope the NBA don’t do anything, but if it does, I’ll take care of it.”
No word yet on whether Green will cover Morris’ payment.
Leandro Barbosa did not practice today and Suns coach Jeff Hornacek is hopeful he can go tomorrow night. He had yet to talk with trainer Aaron Nelson and did not have an update for how the shoulder is progressing. The team had a light practice today with the starters just walking through some stuff and the bench guys getting in conditioning with up-tempo drills.