If only Isaiah Thomas were more honest.

First it was Love, then LeBron, and now we seem to be truly focused on important things.  Chiefly, what to do about the Eric Bledsoe situation.  Let me explain how this contract negotiation is being handled from both camps.  First there's a insulting offer, followed by a public statement of, "we're not trying to make an insulting offer."  It's an amazing and endlessly entertaining situation when every party can be wrong.  Suns owner Robert Sarver joined the Burns and Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday evening, unsolicited mind you, to discuss how the back and forth with Mr. Bledsoe is going.

Gambo also penned this open letter to Bledsoe, identifying agent Rich Paul as the reason we can't seem to figure out a contract extension.

Current NBA executives and prominent sports agents with no vested interest in the Suns were asked if they thought the offer from Phoenix was fair.  Under the condition of anonymity the consensus was unanimous.

Here's one perspective, suggesting that Bledsoe and the Suns could learn from Patrick Peterson's recent negotiations with the Arizona Cardinals.

So far Bledsoe's winning this summer.  His handpicked "Team Birmingham" defeated the Gilbert Arenas coached "Ball Up," their first loss in four years, at Lawson State Community College over the weekend.  Check out the highlights, featuring Bone Collector. Yes, Bone Collector.

Everyone will rank crimes differently, but driving intoxicated is in my opinion an incredibly disgusting and heinous act that is not taken seriously enough in this country.  P.J. Tucker stated, "I will not let you down," in a statement following his sentence of 3 days in jail and 11 days of home detention for driving under the influence on May 10th.

T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis had themselves a photo shoot at the 2014-15 Rookie Symposium.  Sadly, no Bogdan Bogdanovic.  I've got you covered though.

The Cavaliers are still making moves.  While talk of different packages that involve Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins, and Anthony Bennett continue to circulate, Cleveland is now making a play to bring former Sun Shawn Marion to the Eastern Conference.

I don't know about you, but Greg Monroe remaining unsigned makes me a little uncomfortable.  I fall into the camp that thinks the Detroit big man would be an awful fit with the Suns, and I understand that seems to be the most popular opinion.  Still, I would rather he just go ahead and ink a new deal so I don't wake up one day to the news that the Suns tempo hit a brick wall overnight.  At least one teammate in Detroit expects to see Monroe in a Pistons uniform next season.

Phoenix fans will eat this up.  When Isaiah Thomas talked with SB Nation's Sactown Loyalty about future meetings between the Suns and Kings, he left nothing up to interpretation.  "I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I'm going to kill Sacramento." "Kill Sacramento."  That's the early favorite for my fantasy basketball team name next season.

A pair of former Phoenix Suns coaches reunite in Brooklyn to help lead the Nets following the departure of Jason Kidd.

Former Sun Grant Hill and his wife Tamia are donating $1.25 million to support Duke University athletics and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.  This gift will contribute to the success of Duke Forward, a $3.25 billion fundraising effort.  That's billion, with a "b."  Like "Ball State" where I went to school.  I don't know if you've ever heard of it, it's a little different than Duke.

Western Conference potholes. Here's a look at what the path to the playoffs could look like for the Suns next season.

NBA bookkeeping. Click on this and thank me later.  Some helpful information as we navigate these frightening free agent times, as well as some fascinating contract quirks you probably didn't know existed.

Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale is hosting auditions for Phoenix Suns dancers on August 9th.  That's this Saturday.  Stop reading NBA blogs and get your fat ass in the gym.  By the way, bring a head shot, but know that it will not be returned.

I deliberately didn't include anything about the Paul George injury.  You're welcome.

A couple of developments, though one is more earth-shattering than another.

The one that is not earth-shattering:

"Like P.J. himself, the Phoenix Suns take P.J.'s behavior very seriously. We remain fully committed to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. All of the members of our team, both on the court and in the front office, understand the importance of obeying the law and conducting ourselves in a way that honors our community. In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions. We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this."

--Lon Babby, President of Basketball Operations

And now one that is, at least little bit.

In an age where celebrities and athletes find ways to get around the law, or own P.J. Tucker stepped right into it and took it head on.

Although, it appears his lawyer was able to plea down a bit. Should have been 45 jail days, but Coro tweets 3. Everything else seems to line up.

P.J. is owning up to it.

Once the deed is done, this is the best we could hope for.

P.J. Tucker and the Phoenix Suns released statements in the wake of the forward’s May 10 DUI arrest in Scottsdale. According to documents provided by the team on Monday, Tucker pleaded guilty...

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Back in June, the Suns acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings after he posted a productive 2013-2014 season. Thomas joined LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and...

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Even the best team in the league has flaws and things to work on. Great teams identify and adapt...

Record: 23-4 (.852)

Place In Standings: First (+1.5 on Minnesota)

Points Per Game: 84.93 (1st)

Points Against: 74.30 (1st)


After losing one game in the past month and a half it is sensational and trendy to say the Phoenix Mercury need to get back in the lab and figure out what they are doing wrong. What they did wrong was run into the second best team in the WNBA, in their home arena, at full strength... The Mercury were not at 100% and they lost the battle with an impending war on the horizon in the Western Conference Finals.

Not much the Mercury could control in that game beyond their effort level.

For the most part the Mercury played with effort. They lost by only eight points, had more steals/blocks, equal free-throw attempts, and equal turnovers for the game overall, but were dominated in the first quarter as well as on the boards. That is the concern for the team right now.

With a lead heading into the final stretch of the season in the standings and guaranteed home court in round one the question of fatigue rears into view. Should the Mercury rest certain players heading into the playoffs? Or, should they trust the bench more and give them more minutes in big games. There are only big games remaining for the Mercury with the season coming to a halt and the playoffs on the horizon...


Starting Slow...

One of the trademarks of the Mercury's winning streak was coming out of the gates strong, pushing their opponents into a hole, and then imposing their will on teams throughout the rest of the game. They did that to perfection in the first 15-games of the winning streak. Then fatigue, confidence, or whatever you want to call it set in for the team as they lost the first quarter of the last win in the streak and the streak ender.

Comparing the first 15-games to the last three overall games for the Mercury:

15 Wins: +87 (+5.8 per quarter) First Quarter Margin & -9 (-0.6 per game) Rebounding Margin

Last 3 Games: -13 (-4.3 per quarter) First Quarter Margin & -19 (-6.3 per game) Rebounding Margin

Quality of opponents has to be mentioned here as the last two games were against the Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever who are Top 4 teams in the WNBA looking to win a Championship. The Mercury have to execute against these teams as they become the only teams on the schedule in 17 days.


...and Let's Compare The Mercury/Suns.

Right now the Phoenix Mercury are 79.4% through the season with a nearly spotless record of 24-3 (.852) as they march towards the playoffs. At this point the Phoenix Suns, 37-28 (56.9%), and heading towards the playoffs if all things clicked. In the end they did not click, but the Suns and the Mercury are putting together a year of basketball that the fans of the Valley will look back fondly on for years.


Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday vs. Atlanta Dream at 7:00 p.m. AZ Time

Thursday at San Antonio Silver Stars at 5:00 p.m. AZ Time

Saturday vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7:00 p.m. AZ Time

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