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.
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!
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.
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).