Keith Scheessele joins the show to review his excellent and comprehensive coverage of Suns Summer League action and we delve into the topics of his latest edition of Solar Flares.

Keith makes his debut on the podcast to give a final recap of the Summer League action for the Phoenix Suns as the desolate period of basketball wasteland called August rapidly approaches.

At least the bonus of that is overnight lows above 90 degrees here in Phoenix.

The performance and progress of Alex Len, T.J. Warren, Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker are the focus of the Vegas breakdown.

To shake things up we do a rundown of the topics in Keith's latest edition of Solar Flares, a weekly roundup of Phoenix Suns and NBA related topics.

This week's topics include grades on the Suns Summer League and offseason, Becky Hammon, Markieff Morris, Zoran Dragic, a new arena for the Suns, the evil genius of Ryan McDonough and untoward advances from ticket representatives.


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David Thorpe of was complimentary of first round draft pick Devin Booker's performance at the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Last season Markieff Morris, and his recently traded brother Marcus Morris, combined to accumulate more technicals than 17 of 30 NBA teams.

Zoran Dragic, formerly of the Phoenix Suns, is now formally of the Miami HeatMiami traded Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Fresh off a 2015 NBA Summer League championship, could Becky Hammon be the NBA's first female head coach?

Preliminary discussions have begun about the possibility that the Suns and Arizona Coyotes will share a new arena in downtown Phoenix.

"I've got a few people telling me, ‘We have no idea what you guys are doing.'" GM Ryan McDonough says the Suns have the element of surprise this offseason.

Does Brandon Knight bring a "perfectionist mentality" to Phoenix that the Suns need?

Report card time. To this point, what grade does the Suns offseason bring?

We brought the first part of this story to you last week, but read about how a Phoenix Suns fan earned free tickets after a market rep hit on his wife.

Can the Suns compete in a loaded Western Conference next season?

For a team that missed out on the biggest names of free agency, the Phoenix Suns have done everything in their power to position themselves for a playoff berth in 2015-16. The Suns needed veteran...

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Dre and Brian are back to talk NBA off-season, especially the hapless Kings, and more on racism and rich people.



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David Lee and Small Ball

David Lee's time in Golden State ends not with a bang, but a whimper. On the plus side, it gives us a chance to bash the "small ball" meme.

Fun note, if we adjust by minutes played, the 2015 Warriors are a slightly taller team than the 99 Spurs, who had the two towers of David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

Also worth noting that calling Draymond Green "small ball" is a bit misleading. He's a 230 pound player with a seven foot two wingspan! Check out The Sports Gene for great information on that. And for the millionth time, it's not about playing small or big, it's about putting productive players on the floor! A four that can stretch the floor that can't shoot isn't useful!

We talk David Lee's "lack of defense". The reality is, a lot of David Lee's skills are redundant on the Warriors. That's not David Lee's fault, and I find the arguments against his defense somewhat spurious. Regardless, I think it was a good move to get David Lee to a team where he'll get minutes and to get the Warriors a good bench player.

Brian points out that James Michael McAdoo put up David Lee production last season, albeit in limited minutes. He's done well in Summer League, so the Warriors are fine.

Last Week's Trainwreck Posts

The reality in films is the international market is huge. Michael Jordan's Space Jam will likely end up with a better gross (adjusted for inflation) than LeBron's Trainwreck thanks to the international market. Even Adam Sandler's horrible Pixels has already almost hit its budget thanks to $60 million from the international market!

The comment thread on my Trainwreck piece was fantastic. It "devolved" into arguments about Water World vs. Mad Max, and if Bruce Lee was overrated. Love it!

Hulk Hogan and "Donald Sterling Racism

The WWE fired Hulk Hogan for racist statements he said in a leaked tape.

The issue I have is that the WWE has had major issues with racism for years.

Grantland had a great breakdown of WWE's issues with race.

Colin Cowherd is out at ESPN after insulting Dominicans. Sadly, I feel both he and Hulk Hogan are just scapegoats. It allows the networks to "take a stand" against racism while not fixing pervasive issues. In Cowherd's case, his contract was up, so this is a convenient way to get him out sooner. In Donald Sterlin's case, it allowed the NBA to remove him as an owner. In short, I'm even more jaded as some of these "stands again racism" seem to be convenient political maneuvers.

Pedro Martinez was excellent on the field and is still awesome!

Donald Trump is to me, the "trump card" in the racism argument. Namely an entitled rich person can be very racist and really can't be stopped. He's one of the GOP front-runners right now!

The Kings

Dean Oliver is in the opinion of many, including myself, one of the best basketball analytics minds out there. And as such, the Kings recent moves with him are inexcusable. Kevin Draper broke down just how bad things have been in Sacramento.

I don't buy that Vivek Ranadive knows what he's doing. That's depressing given how he entered the league.

As promised, here's the image of me meeting him years ago at Sloan.

Tom Ziller also had a good breakdown of how bad the Kings were a few weeks ago.

Free Agency

We break down the NBA moves of the last week. Tune in for an exciting discussion of shuffling deck chairs!

Shout Outs

Brian shouts out the city of Boston for turning down the Olympics. Yes! We approve not wasting public funds on sports. Reminder, Sochi was billions over budget!

Brian shouts out Josh Smith for making a correct statement. We agree it might anger you to hear his comments, but if that makes you mad, you should be furious at owners.

We give Becky Hammon a shout out for winning Summer League. I'd love to see her pull a Pat Riley and take over the Spurs in the near future and win a title in her first year.

Curtis Harris gets a shout out for this gem.

@NerdNumbers I'm awaiting, "WWE surprised to find out it's homoerotic"

— Curtis Harris (@curtismharris) July 25, 2015

Marc Lamont had some fantastic tweets about the WWE and racism. A good person to follow.

And they pick the champ based on the values and preferences of their base. That doesn't negate racism.

— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 24, 2015

Found this great compilation on youtube of all the Tyson Chandler dunks in just the 2014-15 season with the Dallas Mavericks at age 32.

He's gonna bring the Suns fans to their feet next season.

Chandler's 179 dunks all by himself are more than three entire NBA teams managed for the season (Grizzlies, Spurs, Pacers). It's the second most dunks by a single player IN THE ENTIRE NBA for the 2014-15 season (DeAnde Jordan #1).

His 179 dunks were THREE TIMES more than the highest dunking Suns player last year (Alex Len, 66), and the Suns as a team finished 16th in total team dunks a year ago.

Brandan Wright had 48 dunks in only 40 games, with dunks accounting for 23.7% of all his shot attempts (leading the Suns by a wide margin).


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