From our friends at Arizona Sports.com, we have this video report showing Goran Dragic making his first practice appearance with the Phoenix Suns. Dragic sprained his ankle prior to the start of camp.


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The Suns played hard today, despite the game occurring after a long week of two-a-day practices. Today was different.

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Martin Knezevic at BlogNBasketball.com was kind enough to "live blog" through the Suns' intrasquad scrimmage today, providing us with great insights and observations along the way.

Now, he gives us the recap of his first-hand observations.

link: SUNS SCRIMMAGE RECAP

Clearly, Jared Dudley was the star of the show. His unofficially official stats today were 11-11 FG, 4-4 3PT, 5-6 FT, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 31 points. As Martin wrote, "you could tell it was a home game for Jared Dudley back in San Diego".

Dudley's day didn't stop with shooting. In his recap, Martin also observed, "[Jared's] hot shooting early turned him into a playmaker late as the defense keyed on him coming off screens. It's obvious Jared added some ball-handling and passing to his game this summer."

Markieff Morris (9-15 FG, 1-6 3PT, 4-4 FT, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 23 points) made his mark with aggression that built throughout the game. "Going into year two, [Morris] looks like a lot more comfortable in who he is as a player and in letting the game come to him. Sitting courtside he is long and very disruptive on defense. Offensively his shot looks a better as well."

Shannon Brown showed up as well, attacking the basket, passing the ball and "griping at teammates for poor execution".

Martin was complimentary of Sebastian Telfair, Jermaine O'Neal and Ike Diogu as well, but not as impressed with the game played by Luis Scola, Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson. "Every time I looked up, Coach Igor was in [Michael Beasley's] ear/face."

Check out Martin's recap and his "live blog" on blognbasketball.com for lineups and details (link above).

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Pictures (arizonasports.com) here: pics

Video Highlights (arizonasports.com) here: highlights


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The Suns played hard today, despite the game occurring after a long week of two-a-day practices. Today was different.

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Martin Knezevic at BlogNBasketball.com was kind enough to "live blog" through the Suns' intrasquad scrimmage today, providing us with great insights and observations along the way.

Now, he gives us the recap of his first-hand observations.

link: SUNS SCRIMMAGE RECAP

UPDATE: Martin added exclusive photos and some more thoughts today from the scrimmage, including:

"Overall, it was one of the better scrimmages I have seen in recent memory....great energy and a lot of talking out there."

Hit that link again!

Clearly, Jared Dudley was the star of the show. His unofficially official stats today were 11-11 FG, 4-4 3PT, 5-6 FT, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 31 points. As Martin wrote, "you could tell it was a home game for Jared Dudley back in San Diego".

Dudley's day didn't stop with shooting. In his recap, Martin also observed, "[Jared's] hot shooting early turned him into a playmaker late as the defense keyed on him coming off screens. It's obvious Jared added some ball-handling and passing to his game this summer."

Markieff Morris (9-15 FG, 1-6 3PT, 4-4 FT, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 23 points) made his mark with aggression that built throughout the game. "Going into year two, [Morris] looks like a lot more comfortable in who he is as a player and in letting the game come to him. Sitting courtside he is long and very disruptive on defense. Offensively his shot looks a better as well."

Shannon Brown showed up as well, attacking the basket, passing the ball and "griping at teammates for poor execution".

Martin was complimentary of Sebastian Telfair, Jermaine O'Neal and Ike Diogu as well, but not as impressed with the game played by Luis Scola, Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson. "Every time I looked up, Coach Igor was in [Michael Beasley's] ear/face."

Check out Martin's recap and his "live blog" on blognbasketball.com for lineups and details (link above).

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Pictures (arizonasports.com) here: pics

Video Highlights (arizonasports.com) here: highlights


University of California San Diego stands apart from most other public universities. A typical state school forces its students to find their way in a sea of 20,000-40,000 people just like them....

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Kendall Marshall seems to be fitting in well as one of the many new faces on this year's Phoenix Suns. Despite distractions like Luis Scola flicking his ear or Jared Dudley patting his head as they walked past, Marshall was happy to tell BSotS and SBNation AZ reporters how he has improved since his professional debut in the NBA Summer League.

"Since Summer League, I'd say the main thing I improved on is just the feel for the game, understanding the flow of the game at the NBA level compared to the college level, as well as realizing that I have to be more aggressive," Marshall said.

Marshall hasn't seen anything yet. He's in the middle of a slow ramp up in both talent and speed of the game. College to NBA Summer League to NBA-level pickup games to training camp is one trajectory. Camp to preseason to regular season (and maybe playoffs) is quite another. But a rookie can't know this until they experience it.

Coming into the season, Marshall faces his fair share of competition for minutes. Instead of being overconfident or demanding, the former Tar Heel is relishing the opportunity to work with the two veteran point guards, Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair.

"It's been great for me, personally, to go against two vets of the league every day," remarked Marshall in reference to weeks of pick-up games on the Suns practice court. "They kind of set the bar for me."

Goran Dragic's turned ankle may have been a blessing in disguise for Marshall. He got a lot more minutes in camp with first- and second-teamers than he might have seen otherwise. Training camp culminates today with a camp-closing intrasquad scrimmage.

The transition for Marshall is certainly taking some time, as the rookie is learning to be more aggressive in regards to scoring. We know that the scouts rave about his elite court vision and his ability to find open teammates, but he was never relied upon to score on a team that contained several NBA-level scoring threats, arguably better scoring threats than the Suns possess.

"They (the coaching staff and his teammates) get mad at me now for not shooting the ball, so it's an adjustment," mentioned Marshall. "But if I want to be successful in the NBA and help this team, it's an adjustment I have to make."

While many writers and pundits are not sold on the new look Phoenix Suns yet, Marshall is maintaining confidence in the team.

"I'm motivated just to get better and being that it's my first year, I don't know what to expect," Marshall said. "On paper, I feel like we have a chance to be a pretty good team. I guess only time will tell.

Marshall's teammates definitely don't let him forget who he is, from making him wear a Justin Bieber backpack ("I'm gonna own it. I'll wear it so much they beg me to take it off.") to picking up Michael Beasley's shampoo and lotion at Bath and Body Works to getting them desserts and snacks on demand.



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