Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry and star pupils Jason Richardson, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash are ready to go back to school. Photo by Max Simbron
Today was certainly the Bright Side of the Sun. Steve Nash called his mood "joyous," Amare was singing and pounding a basketball playfully. J-Rich was all smiles. He even talked about playing defense, and Steve Kerr was, Steve Kerr.
2009 Suns media Day was enough to send me home with a smile on my face. The talk from everyone was positive. Of course it would be, they haven't played a game. But when Steve Nash says he's very comfortable with the Centers on the team, you believe him. Then later you think about it-Frye really? Lopez, really? Then you think, "well maybe we will be ok."
Stan and I picked up some awesome interviews. They will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some tidbits of interviews I remember off the top of my head:
- Lou Amundson wants to be called Louis.
- Steve Nash is pretty thick in person, not frail and skinny as he looks going up against Chris Paul and Barron Davis
- Dan Dickau is indeed a Sun. And unlike Steve Nash, he is very short and with the exception of his arms, very skinny.
- Alvin Gentry stated Amare Stoudemire will be playing the 5 even though Mr. Tzu may not know it at the time (SHHHH Don't tell him).
- Steve Kerr believes Channing Frye will be shooting "a lot of threes."
- Louis Amundson is not relieved his bike is safe now that Shaq is gone. In fact he had nothing negative to say about Shaquille.
- Amare Stoudemire likes to be the center of attention, or: Amare is just naturally wired, very vocal and full of joy because he was jumping around, bouncing a ball all over the place, smiling ear to ear talkin' this and that all over the joint.
- Jared Dudley is still working the tweet and all over the NBA street rags doing interviews. The man can talk, and his personality is more than cordial.
- Leandro Barbosa doesn't care if he's starting or not so we shouldn't care either.
- Earl Clark wants a piece of Kobe and Carmello Anthony
Stay tuned, more to follow!