Almost the entire Phoenix Suns team have been back at work in the valley for voluntary workouts, and September stands as the last outpost in the slog of summer before we can actually talk about things related to basketballs and scoring points and such.
That said, it's time to use the gift of social media to find out what everyone has been up to over the summer.
Remember how distressed people were last year when Bled, who was a free agent the whole time, avoided Phoenix during the summer? Remember how people didn't feel like he was really a Sun? Well, he was already back in desert as early as May 28.
Back in AZ!— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) May 28, 2015
Hopefully spending his June throwing weights around whilst clad in Suns gear is enough to convince anyone of his dedication away from the court.
He also had practical advice to offer an NBA 2K gamer that was apparently having some difficulty.
He held a basketball camp... in the Phoenix area.
He was thoughtful enough to procure a backpack for Suns' draftee Devin Booker. How nice of him to consider the packing needs of his teammates.
Welcome to the valley @DevinBook ... Got your backpack ready!— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) June 26, 2015
Once July rolled around it was time to take in the Summer League festivities with his coach.
...and have some fun with his mute teammate T.J. Warren.
Then it was back home to Birmingham to team up with DeMarcus Cousins and K.J. McDaniels for a back-to-school giveaway.
Tomorrow!! pic.twitter.com/nE82AgRbAZ— T.Gamble (@_YoungGamble) August 7, 2015
Here are some choice nugs from a random Q&A he held on Twitter.
Bled was active in the Phoenix community, supported his team's summer league, took time to go backpack shopping for his rookie teammate, and might hold the Suns' title for most active Twitterer. He truly is a man of the people.
Knight was a free agent at the start of the summer, but that didn't stop him from joining the grassroots campaign to coax LaMarcus Aldridge to join him in Phoenix.
He was also there to meet the big man in person when he could've been looking for offers elsewhere. While it's not yet clear how good he can be on the court, we know that the dude is loyal and happy to have a home in the NBA.
Happy to be a part of the Phoenix Suns family. First class organization, Looking forward to great things to come. #TGBTG— Brandon Knight (@Goodknight11) July 7, 2015
Other than that it looks like he spent his summer at home in Florida, which nobody held against him, I'm happy to report.
In other news, Brandon Knight doesn't tweet much.
After agreeing on a 4 year, $52 million free-agent contract with the Suns, there was some concern that Chandler would be courted back to the Mavs during the Great Moratorium Summer Fiasco and Emoji Battle of 2015.
Tyson was quick to squash any rumors.
????— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) July 9, 2015
According to BSOTS's emoji translator, this means "Thank you for your concern but I will be signing the contract with the Phoenix Suns that we have agreed upon. May you all find peace."
Other than that, he offered a very wooden endorsement of some organic juice cleanse or something...
And his Momma gave him a gigantic bobblehead from his days as a Bull.
That's all Chandler wrote for the summer, pretty much. He's old.
Like many of his teammates, T.J. returned home to give back to his community.
And with Isaiah Thomas out of the picture he made a strong case for the title of Most Cryptic Tweeter on the Suns.
I wear a frown now, cause I miss real— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 28, 2015
I'm focused! & that's not on you! Or you!— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 29, 2015
iPhone go silent like I ain't need the stress— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) August 31, 2015
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??
Anyway, he also took a trip to Riverside. His old high school.
Took a trip to Riverside today. My old high school— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) September 2, 2015
And reminded us that he is T.J. Warren and he doesn't talk much.
Say less— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) September 13, 2015
Devin tweets a lot. He's a kid and he likes his beep-bop boop-bop machines.
His family came out in droves on draft night.
And Devin went right to work on endearing himself to the Phoenix community.
Excited to say that I just touched down in Phoenix. Let's get to work. @Suns— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 26, 2015
Yessir pic.twitter.com/0tOwkpmXxE— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 28, 2015
That's not to say there weren't some ... transitional issues.
Dust storm? Not familiar with these lol— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 28, 2015
I need golf lessons— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 29, 2015
The incomparable Larry Fitzgerald reached out, probably to form an alliance of ridiculously charming Valley athletes.
I'm glad to be here in PHX. Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm sure we link up sometime down the road. https://t.co/CLIf4MzL1v— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 1, 2015
Unfortunately, photos of Devin's time machine prototype were leaked on the internet.
He forged a remarkable bond with a young autistic boy ... seriously, click the link if you have a few minutes.
Sorry Devin, but the Suns tried this strategy and it didn't work that great:
To make everybody happy I think I would need a clone.— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) August 24, 2015
He wrapped up his Phoenix festivities by throwing out the first pitch at Chase Field and soaking in a Mercury playoff game.
Went with the breaking ball ?? https://t.co/RRHLhWvURg— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) September 17, 2015
Welcome to Phoenix, Devin. Stay as long as you like.
Weems began the summer by cryptically suggesting that he'd be returning to the NBA.
New Journey Begins!!!— Sonny Weems (@SonnyWeems13) June 16, 2015
Then signed a contract with the Suns that no one predicted and even had some hugs with Uncle Lon.
He professed his devotion to electronics megastore Best Buy, because he likes options.
There was the time he teamed with the Make A Wish foundation to give a child his very own backyard basketball court.
Before returning to his hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas.
Even the BSOTS emoji translator couldn't decode this one.
— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) July 20, 2015
Archie offered some insight one what it's like to shake hands with P.J. Tucker.
This pj I swear https://t.co/VWO1sQ1Zri— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) July 25, 2015
And...well, actually I think Merriam-Webster would agree with you on this one, Arch.
Shouldn't call yourself "foreign" if you were born in America. Just my opinion— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) August 5, 2015
Archie Goodwin knows the value of jeans.
I stayed up all night creasing my jeans lol. Moms hated it but it was that serious.— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) August 14, 2015
And he received some dancing advice from the always-helpful Eric Bledsoe.
Guess who's finally drinking age?!?!
Happy birthday to @A1Laflare10! Can you believe Archie is only 21 years old?! Bright future ahead for him.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 17, 2015
The new Suns forward wanted to give everyone a fair chance at pronouncing his name correctly.
He is also quite serious about his dish soap.
Ya think they like hoops in Bosnia?
This is crazy!! Bosnia is celebrating the gold medal at Under 16 European Championship. pic.twitter.com/CYedyufepI— Sportando (@sportando) August 17, 2015
I don't know what he's saying in this next one (perhaps someone from our European contingent can assist), but the man's leisure game is fierce.
Do?e ljeto trideseto, godina mi zao nije hvala svima na cestitkama... 3?0? pic.twitter.com/LNyfH3yACS— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) September 17, 2015
And that about wraps it up. Alex Len and Jon Leuer seldom tweet, Ronnie Price doesn't even have an account, and P.J. Tucker hasn't been on the Twitterverse since his super extreme summer in 2014.
To the rest of you, we at BSOTS say thank you for keeping us abreast and helping the summer to move along that much more.