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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.

Eric Bledsoe

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.

.@ebled2 hard at work. #NextSeasonStartsNow

— #NashROH (@Suns) June 17, 2015

He also had practical advice to offer an NBA 2K gamer that was apparently having some difficulty.

Quit playing with me then RT @LivinLikeZach: @EBled2 u trash on 2k

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) June 17, 2015

He held a basketball camp... in the Phoenix area.

@AZStarSports Eric Bledsoe Basketball Camp (June 24-26) at @InspireCourts • Register at:

— iSG Camps (@isgcamps) June 23, 2015

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.

Young @EBled2 in that very rare @Tackma x @KlutchSports Cap #veryrare #seeknoapproval

— Ducky Smallz (@81smallz) July 11, 2015

...and have some fun with his mute teammate T.J. Warren.

My guy @TonyWarrenJr been putting in work! #withoutsayingnothing

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) July 19, 2015

Then it was back home to Birmingham to team up with DeMarcus Cousins and K.J. McDaniels for a back-to-school giveaway.


— T.Gamble (@_YoungGamble) August 7, 2015

Here are some choice nugs from a random Q&A he held on Twitter.

I doubt itRT @drksportsnews: @EBled2 Would you ever consider coaching after your career is over?

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) August 8, 2015

Haaaaa what do you think?? RT @MMichaelwhite24: @EBled2 what should be your overall in 2k16

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) August 8, 2015

To Have a killer instinct RT @ZUDEEEE@EBled2 what is your goal as a player for this upcoming season?

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) August 8, 2015

Ummmm I Dnt know what to say about that bra RT @TyraIsSwagg: @EBled2 my dad knows my mom. How do you feel about that? Lol

— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) August 8, 2015

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.

Brandon Knight

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.

RT & let @aldridge_12 know, we want him in the Valley! It's time to show your pride @Suns fans #BringOnLA #WeArePHX

— Arizona Sports  (@AZSports) July 3, 2015

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.

FREE. Backpacks, School Supplies, Food, Games, Books. Firefighters Park. @99JAMZ @Suns @WorldVision @DrinkBODYARMOR

— Brandon Knight (@Goodknight11) August 13, 2015

In other news, Brandon Knight doesn't tweet much.

Tyson Chandler

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."


— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) July 10, 2015

Other than that, he offered a very wooden endorsement of some organic juice cleanse or something...

Can’t get enough of this Berry Blend by @BPCleanse sold @Walmart #organiclife

— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) July 13, 2015

And his Momma gave him a gigantic bobblehead from his days as a Bull.

You know Yo Momma love you when the regular bobble head ain't enough....#weekendatmommas

— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) September 7, 2015

That's all Chandler wrote for the summer, pretty much. He's old.

Markieff Morris


T.J. Warren

Like many of his teammates, T.J. returned home to give back to his community.

Raleigh! Spots at my youth basketball camp filling up fast. Be sure to sign up:

— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) July 23, 2015

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


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 Booker

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.

We didn't count, but we're pretty sure @DevinBook had more family than any of the #NBADraft picks in Brooklyn.

— #WeArePHX (@Suns) June 26, 2015

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

The @Suns rookie @DevinBook is already getting started in the @SunsCommunity visiting an @JrSunsJrMercury affiliate.

— Chris Mallory (@NBAMal) June 27, 2015


— 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.

— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 1, 2015

Unfortunately, photos of Devin's time machine prototype were leaked on the internet.

Great first day of practices. -270 degrees in here. #Recovery #SunsUp

— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 8, 2015

He forged a remarkable bond with a young autistic boy ... seriously, click the link if you have a few minutes.

What This Kentucky Wildcat did for a Boy With Autism Will Melt Your Heart >> #ESPYS

— Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) July 16, 2015

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 ??

— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) September 17, 2015

Playoff basketball. Let's go @PhoenixMercury.

— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) September 18, 2015

Welcome to Phoenix, Devin. Stay as long as you like.


Sonny Weems

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.


— Sonny Weems (@SonnyWeems13) July 16, 2015

He professed his devotion to electronics megastore Best Buy, because he likes options.

If people really understood how much I love #bestbuy !!!! #TheyGotOptions

— Sonny Weems (@SonnyWeems13) August 3, 2015

There was the time he teamed with the Make A Wish foundation to give a child his very own backyard basketball court.


— Sonny Weems (@SonnyWeems13) August 22, 2015

Before returning to his hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas.

West Memphis!!! I Promise They Will Remember The Name!!! #TrainingCampAroundTheCorner #StriveForGreatness

— Sonny Weems (@SonnyWeems13) August 23, 2015

Archie Goodwin

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

— 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.

— Archie Goodwin (@A1Laflare10) August 17, 2015

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

Mirza Teletovic

The new Suns forward wanted to give everyone a fair chance at pronouncing his name correctly.

Meet me MEER-za Tel-LET-O-Vich @Suns #WeArePHX

— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) July 18, 2015

He is also quite serious about his dish soap.

Podrzimo Ditu!!! #3D

— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) July 23, 2015

Ya think they like hoops in Bosnia?

This is crazy!! Bosnia is celebrating the gold medal at Under 16 European Championship.

— 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?

— 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.

Two Suns players threw out the first pitch at a Diamondbacks game this week.

This kid is dynamite from long range. @DevinBook goes with the low slider for a strike.

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 17, 2015

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