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1993 NBA Finals Tie

An interesting item here. Novelty ties are nothing new, but while many will feature a team or even a player, we have here a novelty tie celebrating an event. Preowned, this can be yours for less than 18 bucks, but the seller is taking offers, so try and get it for half. Next time you need to look professional, do it with this tie featuring Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers, Richard Dumas, Danny Ainge, Dan Majerle and Paul Westphal. Too busy of a look? For a few more bucks you can celebrate Barkley's 1993 MVP year here.

Vintage Charles Barkley Cartoon T-Shirt

Speaking of the Round Mound of Rebound, pass on the throwback jersey and catch some eyes in this vintage t-shirt. The Awesome Adventures of Charles Barkley can get a little complicated so let me summarize. He slams to the left, he slams to the right, or he'll come right at ya! 30 bucks and it's yours.

Phoenix Suns Picnic Basket

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Never miss an opportunity to let others know where your NBAllegiances lie. This Phoenix Suns picnic basket includes two wine glasses, two porcelain plates, stainless steel flatware, and two napkins that match the basket's interior. It's made of willow with dark brown leatherette accents, and has full-wrapping closure straps, an overlapping lid, and sturdy suitcase-style leatherette handle. If you've got $151 burning a hole in your pocket it's yours.

Phoenix Suns Ertl Car Bank

If this were buy it now, I know exactly who would buy it. As it is, I hope it sees some bids, because this is pretty cool. The Ertl Company is an American toy company best known for its die-cast metal alloy collectible replicas of farm equipment and vehicles. This offering includes a key and features the old Pacific Division of Golden State, the Lakers, the Clippers, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, and Seattle. Bidding opens at $17.75, about 8 bucks to ship.

Gorilla Puzzle


150 piece Gorilla puzzle in a can, the best break to any work day. Seller indicates the can has a small dent in the side, but the item is otherwise "like new." There's no mention of the puzzle missing pieces, though you may want to follow up. You can end the auction for a 5 dollar bill, though the shipping is a steep 13 bucks.

Boris Diaw Locker and Soccer Ball


Bonus unrelated swag here. We featured an Amar'e Stoudemire locker in the past, so you picked up that one, grab this Boris Diaw locker to go with it. These were stadium giveaways in the 2006-07 season along with Shawn Marion, Raja Bell, and Steve Nash. As a bonus you get a never inflated Suns soccer ball. Bidding starts at $13, buy it now is $26, shipping is $10.55

Phoenix Suns 2014-15 Dancers Playing Cards


The newest of Suns Swag here. 1000 lucky fans recently received these three playing cards courtesy of Budweiser, featuring Serene, Brooke, and Amy Jo of the 2014-15 Suns Dancers. 500 BTSOS Bonus Points if you can figure out a game to play with the 3 of spades, the King of clubs, and the 10 of clubs. Buy it now for 10 bucks, free shipping.

Elliot Perry T-Shirt

Socks! Celebrate one of your favorite Suns with this size medium, slightly faded Elliot Perry t-shirt. Perry was in Phoenix from 1993-1996, returning for a victory lap in the 2000-01 season. As a Sun Perry averaged 7.4 points and 4.1 assists in just under 20 minutes a game. For his career, Socks scored 6.3 points a game with seven different teams. Bidding starts at 5 bucks, another $5.50 to ship.

Josh Childress T-Shirt

Buy this with the Socks shirt. Do it. The seller doesn't even know what they have here, this is listed as a Jared Dudley t-shirt. Josh Childress was in Phoenix for two seasons, appeared in 88 games, averaged 15.7 minutes a game, and how does this warrant a t-shirt? Who cares, pick it up for a 10 dollar bill after shipping.

America West Airlines Phoenix Suns Pin

The perfect addition to your 1993 NBA Finals tie. No buy it now available, bidding starts at 10 bucks, shipping is 3. I went ahead and took another look, yes, it will go great with the tie.

PHOENIX — Grabbing the public address announcer’s mic, Suns owner Robert Sarver directed the remaining fans in U.S. Airways Center to mail him their ticket stubs. If they felt they...

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It's preseason, but Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver was sufficiently miffed at the San Antonio Spurs organization to take the microphone during a fourth quarter timeout to address the fans and offer a gift for their trouble.

The Spurs announced earlier this week that coach Gregg Popovich and stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were too tired to travel for the NBA-sanctioned event, and that starters Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter would be out due to nagging injuries as well.

"This isn't the game you paid your hard-earned money to see," he said to the crowd with about four minutes left in the game.

Sarver went on to tell the fans mail him back their ticket stub and he would send them a gift. Surely, the Suns will follow up with a public announcement of the exact details of the offer in the coming days.

But it's only a preseason game! Who cares, right?

Remember this is the Spurs franchise that beat the Suns in the playoffs in 2005, 2007 and 2008 to stop what might otherwise have been the greatest era of Suns basketball if not for the guys from the Alamo.

When the Suns finally swept the Spurs in 2010, the catharsis appeared to be each team's swan song as they faded into that good night. The Suns were about to be broken up by free agency and age, while the Spurs were just getting old. Tell me if you're heard that one before.

All the while, as the maddeningly consistent Spurs have been to the playoffs for 6,232 straight seasons and won five championships with Tim Duncan (1999, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2014), the Spurs have rested their stars when they damn well felt like it.

Last season, in one of his final acts as commissioner, David Stern fined the Spurs $250,000 for keeping their stars out of a nationally televised game.

"The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case. The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team's only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans."

--David Stern

As far back as 2005, Suns owner Robert Sarver has been frustrated with the Spurs for resting their stars in what many considered a big game. The Suns were the young upstart while the Spurs were the proven leaders. (sound familiar?). Sarver famously walked down the sideline making flapping his arms like chicken wings at coach Gregg Popovich.

"Our fans pay a lot of money," he said at the time. "Everyone was expecting a big-time game. I was disappointed."

-East Valley Tribune, Mike Tulumello

That didn't stop Popovich from strategically resting his starters against the Suns, and other teams, in subsequent years. But it's been nine years since Sarver reacted so publicly.

Be on the lookout for details of the gift promotion for fans who attended the Thursday game, as compensation for putting up with the Spurs failing to bring their A team.


Here's (That's me sitting in the row right behind him as he grabs the mic. Not in the freeze frame. Once you start the video.)

And here's the mailing address: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004.


Sarver's gift for #Suns fans who attended game vs. depleted Spurs: $25 or $50 credit toward tix, merchandise & food.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) October 17, 2014

PHOENIX — San Antonio didn’t bring much of their roster to Phoenix, but any confidence gained for the Suns after three disjointed preseason performances is probably a good thing. Jeff...

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There was a lot to like about this game...

The Point Guardians of the Valley were unleashed tonight and they are here to rule the basketball landscape if they deem fit. When the Phoenix Suns went small the game changed dramatically as the speed, energy, and athleticism of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas were too much for the short-handed San Antonio Spurs.

In the end the Suns coasted to a 121-90 final winning their last home pre-season game start to build some chemistry.

Early on the Suns were carried by Markiff Morris and Dragic as they combined for 17/24 points and 3/6 assists early on giving the team a slight edge after the first quarter. It was a rough start for Miles Plumlee as he missed his first three shot attempts and got into foul trouble, but turned things around in the second half. Other than a choppy first quarter this game was all Suns from the second quarter to the finish line.

Of course, it should have been as the Spurs only had one of their franchises Big Four in the Valley as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Greg Popovich all did not make the trip along with Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills.

Tony Parker played 22 minutes with 9 points and 4 assists with Ettore Messina coaching the team.

A 19-9 run to close the half and then an 18-7 run to start the third quarter sealed the deal for the Suns in this game. This game was another opportunity, no matter how depleted the Spurs roster was by design, to go out there and build some more chemistry with the new players and their roles. There is no denying the fact that the first three pre-season games were sloppy and not what the coach had ordered, despite the results.

This was a display of how the Suns can throw waves-and-waves of athletic scorers on the court to bring the energy, but more importantly they were doing it on the defensive end.

Overall the team finished with 17 steals led by Dragic's 3 that all seemed to lead to points in some way, shape, or form. The defense turns into offense philosophy was on full display. Not the, "run and score and the other team will eventually top out so we will win" strategy, an actual defense based gameplan that when clicking on all cylinders like tonight, can be daunting. The Point Guardians of the Valley were unleashed.

The steals turned into fast break points, 33 of them, and opened up the offense for so many things.

Everyone was hitting threes, Goran (1/2), Bledsoe (2/3), Thomas (4/5), Markieff (1/1), and even Archie Goodwin knocked down one. The 33 points from downtown and 29 fast-break points set a bench mark for how this team wants to play. Create havoc on defense, score in transition, and then when the opponents are on their heels knock down threes at a high rate.

For the game Dragic led the way with 20 points and 6 assists (23 minutes), Markieff right behind him with 17 points 7 rebounds (23), Bledsoe 16 points 6 assists (27), and Thomas with 15 points 5 assists (20).

Look, this was the rudderless version of the Spurs of course, for lack of a better description, they were the Austin Spurs tonight. In the end the Suns used this as a tune-up for the Point Guardians and gave the league a taste of what these three can do together.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-3) Tuesday night at 7pm AZ Time

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