Not much in the way of action today at practice beyond the league's ruling on Channing Frye. The team continues to refine rotations and offensive sets in preparation for the stretch run.
Grant and Jason were "limited," which is more about just resting those vets, while Leandro went at it and looked fine. He drained two threes from the top of the arc to end practice.
Goran was riding the bike, but sat out again. I asked him if he was good and he nodded and winked at me which I took to mean "yes". He was walking with no limp and should be totally fine for Friday.
Steve Nash said this about his time off so far, "Just rehab basically. Retrain my muscles to move in proper sequence and order. That's basically what I've been struggling with."
Whatever that means.
He said that this is the same thing that's happened over the last few years of his career during the course of the season. Nash said there's nothing he would do differently this season as far as minutes, but he also made it clear that he's paying the price for trying to carry too much of the load at times,
"There was a lot of time this season where we had guys injured or maybe guys just weren't playing great and our team was slumping and you put your head through a wall to try and get out of it and sometime you pay for it a little bit, I think.
"Our team's in a good place right now. I think our team's playing at such a higher level that I don't have to do as much anymore, which is a great thing. If I can get back to full strength and just be capable, I think we will be in a lot better place."
Nash was asked about Amare's improvement this season and he was sure to give STAT credit for having a better understanding for the game. Nash said Amare was putting up max contract type numbers but when asked if he would give Amare that kind of deal he said this, "I don't know. If I'm a Mark Cuban type, maybe."
Coach Gentry said that without Frye, the Suns will use Amundson more off the bench and might have Amare and Robin play extended minutes. Doesn't sound like Jarron Collins will be part of the plan.
As for the post-suspension comments, you can watch the video from Suns.com below. About what you'd expect them to say.
Here's some BIG news...Robin Lopez has agreed to come on for a Live Chat!
We are targeting either the 17th or 19th of next week for that. It would be around noon time. Stay tuned for details and start thinking up questions.
Steve Nash best NBA shooter ever - ESPN
That's right: Steve Nash. By a mile. I've always written that his shooting is his most underappreciated skill, but even so, this blows me away.
NBA Power Rankings: Where March Matters - SB Nation
Rank: 8. Last week: 7. The Suns are 29th in defensive efficiency, 30th in forced turnovers and 29th in defensive rebounding, yet they're potentially headed for 50 wins again. It's really amazing they're winning so many games.
The Blazers Brain Trust Has Its Day - Blazersedge
A behind the scenes look at the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hardwood Paroxysm " Blog Archive " Assisting Darren Collison’s Assists
Well done, Zach There was one questionable assist, four assists that shouldn’t have counted and ultimately, 16 assists that I’m fine with Collison having. Did he ACTUALLY set the rookie record for the Hornets with 20 assists? Technically, he did. In reality, he didn’t.
With Robin Lopez, Suns no longer playoff pushovers
With Robin Lopez, Suns no longer playoff pushovers, Bickley: The soft-serve Suns have changed since inserting Robin Lopez in the starting lineup.
The Official Phoenix Suns Blog " Blog Archive " Stoudemire to Hold Youth Basketball Academy
Suns All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire announced his Youth Basketball Academy for boys and girls ages 8-15 from June 7-10, 2010 at the Arizona Premier Basketball Academy in Gilbert, AZ. The Academy will run daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with an early departure on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. It is limited to the first 125 kids.
Dallas Mavericks to Play Suns in Outdoor Preseason Game | Dallas Morning News
The Mavericks are scheduled to play in Phoenix's annual outdoor preseason game in the Palm Springs area next October. The Suns started the tradition in 2008 when they played Denver at the tennis mecca. Last season, Golden State played the Suns at Indian Wells. Now it's the Mavericks' turn.
30 Million Comments: Apparently Much Easier than 20 Million Comments - Blog Huddle
10 million comments in six months...keep 'em coming!
Twitter / Paul Coro: I'm on furlough this week. ...
I'm on furlough this week. Bob Young will have your Suns coverage at www.azcentral.com/sports/suns.
and this from Suns.com via email:
Facebook Night is slated for Friday, March 19, when the Suns host the Utah Jazz. Get your discounted tickets for what could be a playoff preview (as of today, Jazz at #4 seed, Suns are #5), plus early entry to watch warm-ups, an exclusive Suns t-shirt and access to a private postgame Q&A with Suns assistant coach and living legend, Dan Majerle!
PlanetOrange.net Night is set for Friday, March 26, when the Suns welcome former coach Mike D’Antoni and his New York Knicks. Again, we’ve got a great discounted ticket offer (more than 50% off lower levels), you’ll receive a Planet Orange t-shirt, early entry for player warm-ups, and access to a postgame Q&A with the "Voice of the Suns" Al McCoy and his radio tag-team partner, Tim Kempton.