The dual playmaker system is alive and well, and will be roaming the courts of Phoenix for a long time to come. Whether you like it or not, the Phoenix Suns really, really do.

In the past ten months, they committed $140 million to play Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight at the starting guards for the next few years, likely sharing the court about half the game and alternating at point guard. Coming off the bench, it appears, will be rookie-contract guys like Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker and (maybe next year?) Bogdan Bogdanovic as well as mid-to-low paid veterans.

If you weren't convinced of the Suns' commitment to this lineup, watch the press conference.

I don't quite have time to transcribe the conference, so here are the paraphrased talking points:

  • When the combo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe didn't work out in year two (and would have cost even more for an older core of players if it did), the Suns turned quickly to Brandon to share time with Eric.
  • Knight is still improving, just turned 23 this spring despite four years in the NBA already. "I'm young and old at the same time."
  • Knight said the time he was injured allowed him to decompress and see the organization for what it was: a top notch organization from the top to the bottom, and somewhere he wanted to stay for a long time to come.
  • Knight never considered other offers. He flew to LA to meet with the Suns at 9pm on June 30 (or, midnight July 1) to sit down and agree to the contract.
  • He asked to participate in the Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge meetings to help sell them on the Suns, and wanted to wait to sign last so the Suns could spend more money on other players.
  • On his third NBA team in 4 years, despite always being a starting caliber player, Knight wants to find a long term home (explaining why he never considered a short-term deal this summer).
  • He knows how to play with Bledsoe, that they each have their strengths and weaknesses and wants to share the floor with him. He knows what he signed up for.
  • Lon Babby said the Suns were at times immature and unprofessional last year, and that Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler will correct that problem.
  • Jeff Hornacek said Knight will be their talker on offense (getting the guys in the right spots) while Chandler will be the talker on defense.
It was pretty much a feel-good presser, as you might expect. I tried to ask the straight up questions, and they gave straight up answers.

Brandon Knight's long-term deal suggests the Suns are in possession of something they haven’t had in a while: vision.

      
 
 

Despite 32 points from Mike James, the Suns lost the NBA Summer League championship game 93-90 to the Spurs.

      
 
 

This Week's Show

Dre, Patrick, and Brian return for more on the inner workings of NBA stadium construction, Ty Lawson going to Houston, and Lebron James' acting talent!

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Last Week's Show

Last week's poll about Serena Williams oddly did not match our consensus.

Patrick noted that despite going to a Seattle Storm game, his fiancee could not find a team shirt to wear in local stores. Said stores did still have Sonics sports wear. Patrick does discuss some shirts he likes in the WNBA on-line store. However, he notes the absurdity of a scarcity of Storm memorabilia in local sports stores.

This is not a unique problem as Zach Zill notes similar issues with soccer. Zach tried to buy a Marta, the most popular international player, jersey in a men's size, only to find they weren't produced. In short, the idea that the consumers are at fault for women's sports seems spurious currently. (h/t Jessica Luther (@scaTX))

The Ty Lawson Trade

The Ty Lawson trade was underwhelming, especially given the Nuggets waived Prigioni.

Salary wise Lawson's deal was almost up. Still, he was a heck of a bargain for his production.

We understand the reason for the trade, but easily agree Daryl Morey won this trade in a landslide.

Stadiums

I'm a bit incensed by the Milwaukee Bucks stadium deal. As a resident of Wisconsin, all I can say is it's a horrible use of tax payer money.

Owners getting public funding for stadiums is a big reason their claims of losing money seem false. Dave Berri wrote a great piece on Vice Sports about this.

Dave had a follow-up interview on MSNBC about this. I found it quite enjoyable and noted that Dave still questions what owners actually do in the NBA.

John Oliver's video on stadiums is a must watch.

Trainwreck

Hey, it's the offseason, time to watch movies with sports starts in them!

Trainwreck is a surprise hit. In that, it follows standard formulaic romantic comedy formulas but with a women in the role of the adult-child. It's sad that should be seen as surprising.

Bill Hader's scene against LeBron James was reminiscent of a moment in Patrick's past. Patrick once hit a fadeaway jumper over Detlef Schremp!

LeBron James in "Train Wreck" finally puts him over Michael Jordan, because those "Space Jam" fans got nothing now.

— Andrés Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) July 19, 2015

Patrick agrees!

Speaking of Space Jam, a Reddit thread notes the Monstars may have been the worst team Charles Barkley ever played on.

Patrick enjoyed Ant-Man, and I'll be seeing Inside Out next. We'll see if there's a way to compare these to sports somehow.

Shout Outs

Patrick shouts out John Cena for stealing the show in Trainwreck. That's over LeBron James!

Brian shouts out Tony Zhou (@tonyszhou) for the Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel, which has some great commentary on film, including why Edgar Wright is amazing at comedy.

I shout out Dave Berri (@wagesofwins) and Jonathan Weiler(@jonweiler) for their great work this week on stadiums

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