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  1. Report: D’Antoni wants to add McMillan or Gentry to staff

    May 2, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Nate McMillan Mike D'Antoni

    The Lakers need to play better defense next season… unless they enjoyed how this season went. Thanks to terrible transition defense, shake perimeter defense and Dwight Howard’s back slowing him, the Lakers finished 19th in the NBA in points allowed per possession. As does everything with the Lakers right now, some of that blame is…

  2. Alvin Gentry hears Marcin Gortat is frustrated, shrugs

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Marcin Gortat is getting few touches and he’s not happy. He’s getting 2.4 fewer shots per game so far this season compared to last, his usage rate dropped from 20.8 (percent of the possessions when he was on the floor) last season to 15.1 this season. Gortat vented his frustrations to a Polish publication, saying…

  3. Gentry wants Michael Beasley to shoot more. Be careful.

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

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    Steve Nash is gone and it’s rebuilding time in Phoenix. But that’s a process, and in the interim the points still have to come from somewhere. Alvin Gentry expects that to be Michael Beasley, who has shown little reluctance to shoot the rock. But through two preseason games Beasley has 24 points and 7 dimes,…

  4. National attention on the way for a Suns team that’s earned it in recent weeks

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Suns owner Robert Sarver made a rare appearance at Alvin Gentry’s pre-game media session before Sunday night’s game against the Rockets, which the head coach traditionally holds in a very relaxed atmosphere in his office. Sarver was in good spirits and wanted to joke around a little, and with the way his team has played…

  5. Markieff Morris is slipping out of the Suns’ rotation

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Markieff Morris, a rookie forward the Suns selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, began the season with a level of competence that was above expectations. But as this lockout-shortened season has worn on, while the Suns have finally started to find themselves by winning seven of their last nine games,…

  6. If Marcin Gortat can get 20 rebounds in a game, you’ll see him shoot three-pointers

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat has a deal with the Suns’ coaching staff this season: get 20 rebounds in a game, do what you like. As you’ll soon see, this is a very serious and important matter to Gortat — so much so that he believes there might have been a conspiracy to keep him from reaching that…

  7. Alvin Gentry blasts Suns for lack of effort after loss to Warriors

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was livid after Wednesday night’s loss to the Warriors, and with good reason. It had nothing to do with the fantastic game-winner that Monta Ellis knocked down with one second left, and everything to do with the way Phoenix sleep-walked through the game’s first 10 minutes. The video above, taken…

  8. Steve Nash, Alvin Gentry defend decision to rest Suns’ stars

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns aren’t a team that’s stacked with talent; Steve Nash has said so himself at multiple times this season, going as far back as training camp last December. And given the team’s sub-.500 position in the standings, it certainly can’t afford to play games without its best offensive creator in Nash, and its best…

  9. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  10. Michael Redd calls surprise start “one of the proudest moments of his career” after Suns beat the Bobcats

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Michael Redd arrived at the US Airways Center in Phoenix more than four hours before his Suns were set to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. The reason, he said, was just to get some extra work in and to keep himself prepared for when his time would come to play more minutes. He found…

  11. Gentry says Suns “have to find a way to play with Nash off the floor”

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    The Suns are off to a 6-12 start, which isn’t exactly where the team hoped or expected to be a little more than a quarter of the way through this lockout-shortened season. The problems certainly can’t be traced back to Steve Nash, who leads the league in assists despite Phoenix playing at a much slower…

  12. Nash calls Kobe’s 48 against the Suns “one of the best performances” he’s seen

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    By now you’ve surely heard about Kobe Bryant‘s 48 points he put up in a win over the Suns on Tuesday. You likely are also aware that Bryant is playing through torn wrist ligaments in his shooting hand, and that perhaps he’s been shooting too much, to the detriment of this Lakers team. The fact…

  13. Michael Redd likely to see his first action with the Suns later this week

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Michael Redd signed with the Suns back on Dec. 29, and at the time, the message was clear that there would be no rush in getting him to the court. But after 10 days of workouts with the team, it appears that his time is almost here. “I think he’s almost to the point where…

  14. Suns head coach Gentry cares not for your three-point field goal defensive statistics

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Suns, just like most teams in the league, pay a fair amount of attention to all kinds of statistical data. And, just like most teams in the league, they have their favorites. It’s safe to say that three-point field goal defensive statistics are not one of them. Before Friday night’s win over the…

  15. Steve Nash will continue to play through rib injury

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns haven’t been themselves offensively this season, and neither has Steve Nash. Traditionally one of the league’s best shooters, Nash has managed to go just 7-of-29 from the field over his last three games, and hasn’t cracked double digits in scoring since the season-opener against New Orleans. A rib injury is likely the cause…

  16. Suns drop to 0-2, search to explain offensive struggles

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:12 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

    In recent years, the Phoenix Suns have been known for, above all else, having an uptempo and elite offense. Win or lose, and no matter the season’s ultimate result, the team never struggled to score with Steve Nash running a descendant of Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Through two games in this young season, however, offense has…

  17. Suns waive Mickael Pietrus

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

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    The Suns waived Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement, the team announced via a brief press release on Thursday. Phoenix had attempted to trade Pietrus to Toronto for a conditional second round draft pick, but the deal fell through after Pietrus was found to not yet be healed from the knee injury that sidelined…

  18. Suns training camp notes: High hopes for Telfair, improvement for Lopez, dealing with Pietrus

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Telfair Basketball

    The Phoenix Suns are holding training camp in town this week at Grand Canyon University. Here are some notes from Sunday’s morning and evening practice sessions: – The Suns were without Grant Hill, Sebastian Telfair, and Markieff Morris for their morning practice session, but had them on the floor for the evening session, once Vince…

  19. Suns may look to limit players’ minutes thanks to compressed schedule

    Dec 11, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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    The NBA lockout was resolved just in time to still give us a season, but it’s a 66-game schedule that’s jam-packed into a little over three and a half months. That’s something all teams are going to be forced to deal with, but in Phoenix, where two of the team’s best players in Steve Nash…

  20. On Aaron Brooks and life after Steve Nash in Phoenix

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Steve Nash has defined the Phoenix Suns franchise since the summer of 2004, but every passing day brings the Suns that much closer to parting with their only remaining star. Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire have all come and gone, and the last great remnant of the Suns team that embarked on Seven…

  21. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  22. Steve Nash a game time decision Sunday against the Magic

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash has been playing through the pain of a pelvic injury for a while, but after Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Nuggets — one in which he only attempted four shots — he said it’s gotten to the point where he can no longer do so until it improves. Nash said after practice…

  23. Suns Alvin Gentry: I lost a little respect for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Remember a week ago when Kevin Garnett pulled a couple bush-league moves, tapping Channing Frye in the, um, groin area and stepping under him as he came down from a jump shot? Both moves intended to bully and intimidate. Both pretty cheap. He got ejected for it (but no suspension). Alvin Gentry remembers, and said…

  24. Steve Nash has an angry side

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Maybe it’s that stable Canadian upbringing, but Steve Nash is one of the most even-tempered guys in the league. Which is why when he loses it, you take notice. The Suns were not getting the breaks or calls late in Wednesday night’s loss to the Sixers — and that was a fourth straight loss for…

  25. Vince Carter expected to debut for Suns Wednesday

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Steve Nash tweeted Tuesday night he was excited about Vince Carter‘s entry into the Phoenix lineup. It’s gonna be fun. He can do things no one on our team can do and will improve us The fun starts Wednesday night — Carter will make his debut for the Suns against the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Alvin…

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