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Break out the Hall of Fame ballot, Blake Griffin had 27 and 12 in last night’s summer league game.  I know that’s what you are thinking Clipper fan but hold your horses.  Adam Morrison is averaging 22 and 5 and Robin Lopez had 24 and 16 in his first game. If that isn’t enough to crush your dreams, check out the leading summer league scorers from last year’s summer league (with their regular season averages in points and minutes in parentheses):

2009 Summer League All-Star Adam Morrison

2009 Summer League All-Star Adam Morrison

  1. Jerryd Bayless (POR) – 29.8 (3.0 ppg, 5.5 mpg)
  2. Donte Greene (then HOU) – 22.6 (3.8 ppg, 13.2 mpg)
  3. Quincy Douby (then SAC) – 22.3 (4.4 ppg, 11.1 mpg)
  4. Alando Tucker (PHX) – 21.6 (4.6 ppg, 9.4 mpg)

Great.  Two of the four top scorers were traded and Alando Tucker…yes, that Alando Tucker….was the leading scorer of the bunch during the 2008-2009 regular season.  Don’t get me wrong, 27 and 12 is nice (especially when compared with Greg Oden’s 9.5 and 3.5 in two games followed by microfracture surgery).   But, when that performance is equal to that of Sideshow Bob Lopez it tends to put things in perspective.

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Out in Vegas for the weekend so you won’t have my brilliant additions here at SoD.  I fully plan on attending a couple of NBA Summer League games because who really wants to miss Adam Morrison facing off against Chase Budinger in practice jerseys?  Certainly not this guy.

Matrix is coming to Dallas – I’m a little crushed by this.  While I didn’t exactly expect for Shawn Marion to come back to the Valley, I wasn’t necessarily ready to see him running and gunning with a Western Conference rival who actually cares about winning.  Through a few savvy off-season moves (re-signing J-Kidd, and acquiring both Marcin Gortat and Marion) the Mavs have actually positioned themselves to contend in the West.  Marion appearing on the Gambo & Ash show today and talking about how he felt “bad for the Suns fans” didn’t make me feel a whole lot better. (more…)

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Kiss and Makeup Boys

Kiss and Makeup Boys

From the “you’ve got to consider the source” files – KTAR’s John Gambadoro reported that the Suns may have an interest in bringing Shawn Marion back to the Valley for a return engagement.  For this proposed scenario to occur Grant Hill would have to take off for Boston or New York and the Suns would have to clear a few more bucks in order to offer Marion near the mid-level exception (about $5 million).

Bringing Marion to the place where he started his career would almost make too much sense for the Suns.  They’ve already admitted that Shaq was a failed experiment (see: Cavs salary dump) and that doing anything (more…)

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I’m sitting here in the airport getting ready to jump on a 13 hour flight to Dallas, I’m sleep deprived, confused and just want to leave – but thanks to a picture on The Big Lead I was reminded of one of my favorite incidents of 2009.  I am of course referring to this:

Take that Bucks mascot – Bongo.  Not only did you get hit in your deer junk but you also fell through the hoop and tore your ACL.  If that’s not funny I don’t know what is.

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It's so Horribly Greasy

It's so Horribly Greasy

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Suns picked up the team option on forward Lou Amundson ensuring that he’ll be with the team next season.  For those of you unfamiliar with Lou – he’s basically a weird looking bundle of energy who rebounds, dunks, and rides his bike to the arena for games (a bicycle, not motorcycle..awesome).  (more…)

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Urban Youth Dreams of Playing Cricket

Urban Youth Dreams of Playing Cricket

Loyal readers of this blog know that I’m currently in Singapore – which for those of you who don’t know how to type “time in singapore” into google, is 15 hours ahead of Arizona time.  As this is a sports blog and you likely care very little (to none) about my other experiences – and trust me there have been very few – I’ll give you a taste of some of my sports related experiences:

  • I saw cricket batting cages along with a pickup game of cricket.  I’ve not been to the inner cities of LA or NY lately so I’ll just make the assumption that this is the way the United States is since I’ve left.  I welcome your confirmations.
  • In the window of a store there was a Chicago Bulls shirt that was red with gold glitter and had faux autographs from members of the early 90’s Bulls – including Bill Cartwright, Trent Tucker, and John Paxson.  Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were nowhere to be found.  Somehow I resisted the urge to drop the seven Singapore dollars it would have cost to purchase this luxury item and will likely forever regret not owning what I believe was a female shirt with a fake Trent Tucker autograph.  (more…)

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Consider Scott Howard Firmly in the Earl Clark Camp

Consider Scott Howard Firmly in the Earl Clark Camp

Now that I’m a Suns season ticket holder for the first time I feel a bit of extra investment in the team and their moves – basically I don’t want them to completely suck this year.  The Shaq move was good, and I’m hoping they don’t deal Amare but to be completely serious,  I don’t expect title contention, but 48 wins and a 6 seed wouldn’t be a ridiculous request.

In Thursday’s NBA Draft the Suns added Louisville SF/PF Earl Clark.  For those of you unfamilar with Clark he’s apparently a mercurial talent who can be every bit as good as he is allegedly apathetic about the game.  The book on Clark is that he’s a 6’9 tweener who handles the ball like a guard, can rebound, and is extremely athletic.  The bad news is he doesn’t appear to have the greatest “motor” (which is white-speak for “he isn’t Tyler Hansborough), lacks consistency, focus, and mental toughness.  Admittedly those aren’t the prime qualities you’re looking for in a lottery pick – but from most reports Clark was a top-5 talent in this draft.  He averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds for a very tough Lousville team.  (more…)

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Steve Kerr is Desperate to Give Me Away

Steve Kerr is Desperate to Give Me Away

I understand the fact that the Suns are no longer contenders – I’ve accepted it.  Phoenix had the 6th highest payroll in the NBA last season and missed the playoffs, it isn’t exactly a recipe for success.  While I think they were in fact much better than their record – Amare Stoudemire’s injury, Terry Porter’s existence, along with injuries to Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa hurt them quite a bit – even if they had been healthy and playing under Alvin Gentry for an entire season they would not have won a championship.  Thus I’ve accepted that Shaq needed to go in order to clear some payroll to make the team younger.  However this Amare to Golden State crap is ridiculous.  The original rumor was that Golden State would give up 7 foot Ivan Drago-clone Andris Biedrins (he of the 11 pt – 11 rebound averages), 3rd year underachiever Brandan Wright, summer league superstar Marco Belinelli, and the 7th overall pick in the recent NBA Draft – Stephen Curry.  I am not crazy about, nor do I even like, that deal.  If those players were so talented Golden State probably would have cracked the THIRTY win mark. (more…)

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On the eve of the NBA Draft, I wanted to take a look back at one of the more hilarious post-draft press conferences in recent Suns history.  I am speaking of the one-and-only Jake Tsakalidis, who responded to ESPN’s draft day questions with two words:  “Free” and “Strong.”  The “free” related to his ability to extricate himself from his then-current contract overseas.  The “strong” related to his ability to be a successful big man in the NBA.  I guess one out of two isn’t bad.

Oh, Jake was free alright but he certainly wasnt strong.

Oh, Jake was free alright but he certainly wasn't strong.

Through the magic of that thing they call the “world wide web,” I actually found a transcript of Jake’s first press conference with the Suns.  Below are the best excerpts with my comments in italics.  Enjoy.

BRYAN COLANGELO (Former Suns’ GM): Well, I’d like to thank everyone for coming today. Obviously, we are here to introduce the newest and the largest member of the Phoenix Suns Jake Tsakalidis. We’re happy to have Jake as a member of this team.

Remember the Colangelo family?  They used to run the team.  You know, back when it was financially and competitively successful.

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The Suns Will Now Be the Only Team Shaq Didn't Reach The Finals With

The Suns Will Now Be the Only Team Shaq Didn't Reach The Finals With

I come to you tonight as SoD’s first international writer.  With times being tough in the blogosphere we’ve decided to expand our little Mom and Pop operation on a global basis – either that or I’m here on business for my real job…I’ll let you decide.  A lot has apparently changed since I last set foot on American soil – first of all the United States is now apparently a soccer power (bring back the title boys – an apathetic public awaits you).  Oh, and the Suns traded Shaquille O’Neal for cap space.

Frankly there are two schools of thought here:

(1) Good to get rid of Shaq’s $21 million dollars a season because all he did was slow down the offense anyway. (more…)

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