Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic recording a career season

Goran Dragic With Maja

The Phoenix Suns are one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises in the NBA this season. A team that was supposed to be tanking has been recording a decent run towards the playoffs. At the moment, the Suns are occupying the seventh spot in the Western Conference, which has a very high level of competitiveness. The leader for the Suns in this run this season is no other than Goran Dragic. [Read more…]

The Houston Rockets are fools for signing Jeremy Lin

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I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but this is what America has become today. After over 200-plus years of work, this is what America has accepted. Rewarding mediocrity is something that ruins sports franchises, businesses and America. [Read more…]

Phoenix Suns’ future depends on free agent Steve Nash

Steve Nash

With Steve Nash hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent this off-season, it could be the end of an era for the Phoenix Suns and the beginning of a re-building effort.  Here is a look at the Suns’ off-season team needs.

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NBA Playoffs: How Much Trouble Are The Knicks In?

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There is no doubt in my mind that Amar’e Stoudemire is the most frustrated basketball player in the entire NBA. He has battled injuries, the loss of his brother, on-court struggles, and now a hand injury that he busted open last night after New York’s loss to Miami in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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NBA Playoffs: Five BIG Questions in the Western Conference

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant

With the Utah Jazz beating the Phoenix Suns and claiming the last playoff spot last night, the playoff picture is set in the Western Conference. Let’s see if we can answer five big questions in the Western Conference.

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The 2012 NBA MVP is . . .

LeBron James and Kevin Durant

The NBA MVP debate has heated up, then cooled down. Then it heated up again, and then it cooled down, again. It seems that the MVP has come down to two players: Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

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Phoenix Suns CEO Comes out of the Closet, Big Historical Moment for Team Sports

I’ve always said that the NBA is the league which would blaze a trail for homosexuals in big name, big money team sports. And it’s not because it’s the association containing a team literally named the Portland Trail Blazers.

It’s because the NBA 1.) is the league more about individual personality (marketing that individual as a brand) than any other and 2.) has such a strong following among many of America’s marginalized people and minority groups, I theorize the “Gay Jackie Robinson” would probably have an easier time in the NBA than the NFL or MLB.

Yesterday, a monumental step was taken when a New York Times feature on Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns, focused on Welts’ coming out.

In the history of the big three team sports, he is the first openly gay member of a front office.

By Paul M. Banks

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Blockbuster NBA Trade CONFIRMED: Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis!

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The NBA trade wind are blowing strong on this chilly winter day. Apparently, the Orlando Magic are looking to blow up their overpaid and underachieving roster.

The deals, which could come today, involve Jason Richardson from the Phoenix Suns, and possibly a new, fresh start for Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards.

(UPDATE: via Pro Basketball Talk:)

The Orlando Magic have traded Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark. The Magic have also traded Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

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Los Suns make Political Statement in Cinco de Mayo Win

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By wearing their “Los Suns” jerseys in their Cinco de Mayo NBA Western Conference semi-finals victory over the San Antonio Spurs, the Phoenix flew in the face of the old cliche “sports and politics don’t mix.” They rightfully protested a grossly  unjust Arizona immigration law.

By Paul M. Banks

The Suns won both athletically and socially tonight. They were victorious both on and off the court. First of all, the idea of sports and politics not mixing is a HUGE misnomer. Every time you sit through military propaganda at the ballpark you hear someone’s political statement. Every time you stand at attention for the Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America or the announcement of a veteran in attendance, you acknowledge that person’s political statement.

Suns owner Robert Sarver released the following political statement of his own yesterday(you can read it after the jump:

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Sun is setting on Nash, Phoenix’s Title Chances

By Paul M. Banks

PHOENIX, AZ- Watching Steve Nash operate the Phoenix Suns’ offense these past few years has been transcendence. I’m not saying they’re the best team to not win a title this decade, but they are likely the most entertaining team not to win it all. If there was a song about watching the Phoenix half-court set in motion it might be Outkast: “I like the way you move, do-de-do. I like the way you move, do-de-do”

And that’s why it’s a little sad: realizing their best days are now behind them, and they don’t even have a Finals appearance to show for it.

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Jazz-Suns will be the BEST Playoff Series Ever!

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By Paul M. Banks

PHOENIX, AZ- Utah’s 116-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns Thursday night felt like a playoff precursor of exciting things to come. The high-scoring affair saw Utah race back from ten points down in the fourth quarter and it put the Jazz 1.5 games ahead of Phoenix in the Western Conference playoff race. If current standings hold, the Jazz would have home court advantage in a first round playoff match-up against these same Suns that would undoubtedly be the most exciting pairing of all.

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NBA Power Rankings Western Conference 11-19

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By Paul M. Banks

1. Phoenix Suns (10-2)

They have won eight of their last 11 in Houston. They feel more comfortable at the Rockets’ home court than Mark Mangino at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

2. Los Angeles Lakers (8-3)

A recent tweet from NBAGuy summarizes my thoughts exactly: “Hey Reggie Miller, how’d your 20-1 Lakers prediction work out? You dope”gorilla1

3. Denver Nuggets (9-3)

Is the Birdman, and his feel good story a NBA version of Josh Hamilton? Does that mean we’ll soon catch him doing naughty things with strippers?

4. Portland Blazers (9-4)

The number one defense in the league at 88 ppg. That will win you a lot of games, especially in an “Association” where so many teams treat the idea of guarding the way Jessica Simpson regards reading books.

5. Dallas Mavericks (9-3)

Their record is all the more impressive when you consider: Marion is out with a sprained left ankle, Dampier sat out his third straight game with an unknown illness and Howard has missed eight games due to offseason left ankle surgery.

6. San Antonio Spurs (4-5)

Antonio McDyess was a nice pickup wasn’t he? They better hope Manu Ginobili can stay healthy, especially with Tony Parker already out. Otherwise the best thing they’ll have going for them is the league’s most attractive fan in Eva Longoria.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6)

James Harden has had a couple nice games recently. And you may see them in the playoffs this year. As long you can get past the logo and team name which sounds like a Lingerie football or WNBA franchise.

8. Houston Rockets (7-5)

On paper, you really wouldn’t think that some of their pieces go together as a team. Yet they have a winning record. It’s like former Rocket Charles Barkley, whose arrest taught us that donuts and wine coolers go together…or at least they do for him.

9. Utah Jazz (5-6)

With Deron Williams back, all is well correct? No, not until they also have Kyle Korver back and finally get their front line healthy and clicking on all cylinders. It seems like ages since Utah had their forward depth at full strength.korverhair

10. Sacramento Kings (5-5)

From Kings’ blog Cowbell Kingdom “Nocioni’s defense has been pretty much spectacular and he’s easily been the best wing defender for the Kings this year.” Always liked Chapu when he played under Scott Skiles in Chicago.

11. New Orleans Hornets (4-8)

The fortunes of this team seem to be mirroring that of Utah, just a couple years behind. I think they’ll finish with a above .500 record, just not much higher.

12. Los Angeles Clippers (4-9)

They need Blake Griffin badly. Until then…as ClipperBlog.com put it, “The Clippers essentially have no chance to win when Baron reverts back to the shot happy, poor decision making version of himself that he was last year.”

13. Golden State Warriors (3-8)

To quote a tweet from Bucksketball.com “I don’t think Acie Law ever wants to see the Bradley Center again.”  That was the man “defending” Brandon Jennings the night he dropped 55.

14. Memphis Grizzlies (3-8)

Have you seen their attendance figures lately? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Memphis Grizzlies themselves have never even heard of the Memphis Grizzlies.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (1-11)

Their only win was over the Nets at home, so that doesn’t actually count right? I think Michigan State might be able to beat the New Jersey Nets’ current lineup. After Ricky Rubio, this franchise is beginning to look cursed. But then again the Arizona Cardinals finally made it to the Super Bowl last year. So don’t give up hope Twin Cities.