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1989 Phoenix Suns Autographed Shirt

This is an interesting shirt independent of the signatures.  It screams late 80's, early 90's NBA fan apparel style.  This shirt from the '89 playoffs features the "Cotton Express" versus the "Team of the 80's."  This was one of the better seasons in Phoenix history.  The Suns finished third in the Western Conference with a 55-27 mark.  Phoenix swept the Denver Nuggets and knocked out the Golden State Warriors 4-1 before falling to the Lakers in four games.  The Suns took home a slew of individual awards that season, including Most Improved Player (Kevin Johnson), Sixth Man of the Year (Eddie Johnson), Coach of the Year (Cotton Fitzsimmons), and Executive of the Year (Jerry Colangelo).  Besides KJ and EJ, the shirt also features the signatures of Tom Chambers, Jeff Hornacek, Tyrone Corbin, Mark West, and Steve Kerr.  Bidding starts at 40 bucks, buy it now for $125, shipping runs another $10.

Phoenix Suns 1990 Samurai Pin


A nice addition to any collection, and budget friendly to boot.  For just $8.50 after shipping you can own this Phoenix Suns samurai pin from the 1990 season.  The pin was created to commemorate the first NBA regular season games played outside of North America, November 2nd and 3rd, 1990 in Toyko, Japan.  The Suns met the Jazz with Phoenix taking the first game, Utah the second.  Game one featured a 38 point 10 rebound performance from Tom Chambers in a Phoenix blowout.  Game two saw Karl Malone go for 29 and 14 in a one point Jazz win.

1969 Phoenix Suns "It's A Whole New Ball Game" LP

Another Suns bargain at 8 bucks after shipping.  This Chevy promotional item features "extensive radio broadcast of the suns vs lakers 7 game playoff series."  The '69-'70 Suns finished the regular season as the three seed in the Western Conference with a record of 39-43.  Red Kerr was out as head coach after getting off to a 15-23 start, and Jerry Colangelo led the team to a 24-20 record the rest of the way.  The series with the Lakers started in the Suns favor.  Phoenix raced out to a 3-1 lead.  The Suns were ultimately unable to move on though, with Los Angeles winning in seven games.

Phoenix Suns Dunking Gorilla Bobblehead

A little bit more elaborate than the stadium giveaway you're used to getting, this was originally given away during the 2007 season.  The seller states, "This is definitely one of the toughest, if not the toughest, NBA mascot bobblehead to find, this Dunking Gorilla bobblehead rarely, if ever, shows up for auction and even more rare than that they NEVER seem to be available in their original factory box - this one comes with its original box!"  Which of course means he or she has no idea as to the rarity of the item.  As far as bobbleheads go, this is among the more expensive, 160 bucks and another 11 to ship.

2011 Channing Frye Game Worn "Los Suns" Jersey

Finally, the opportunity to remember a fan favorite.  Frye wore this jersey three times in the 2011-12 season for the NBA's "Noche Latina" games.  This piece comes with a letter of authenticity that lists the games in which it was worn.  $456 after shipping and it's in your man cave.

Dionte Christmas was waived by the Phoenix Suns today

Dionte Christmas, whose $1.15 million salary would have otherwise been guaranteed next week, was waived by the Phoenix Suns today.

Christmas averaged only 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds last season, and only appeared in 31 total games.  However, Dionte's biggest contribution to the team was as a teammate and a motivator at games, practices, and in the locker room.

From purely a basketball standpoint, the decision to waive Christmas seems like a good one.  With an influx of guards who will be fighting for playing time as it is, there wasn't much room for Dionte on the roster.

However, from a team standpoint, one has to wonder whether losing Dionte could have a bigger impact on team chemistry and cohesion, as his positivity and encouragement for his teammates was an invaluable asset that led to the rare camaraderie experienced by the Suns last season.

At any rate, with Christmas no longer a part of the Suns, that leaves 13 players currently on the roster, not counting Eric Bledsoe who has until Oct. 1 to sign a new contract or the qualifying offer.

As for Christmas, he'll have the opportunity to catch on with another NBA team, or possibly head overseas where he's sure to have plenty of options.

Either way, he's an excellent glue-guy who has a chance to be a bench contributor for the right team in need of depth.  I'm sure he'll find his way onto someone's roster...It's just too bad it couldn't be here in Phoenix.

We'll miss you Dionte.

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In the summer of "coming home", Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas has found a new one in the Phoenix Suns, a team who can help him win a lot of basketball games.

There was a big reason that Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby was excited about signing 5'9" Isaiah Thomas, and it had nothing to do with Thomas' basketball skills.

"We finally have someone when we present his jersey I won't look ridiculous in the picture," Babby quipped at the end of the presser (picture above).

Generally, joking about someone's height is taboo. Mean-spirited, even. But on the day Thomas was introduced to the media, both Thomas and the Suns had some fun with it.

"They ain't gonna be too tall," Thomas said of his young sons, who sat in the audience with their mother. "They definitely gonna be guards. (pause) They gonna be mad at me when they get older."

Thomas said this with a big smile on his face - a smile you're going to see a lot over the next four years. And now that he has a home in the NBA that embraces him with open arms, he's going to be even more giddy than usual.

"They brought me in for who I was," Thomas said. "They like me for being 5'9". They like me for being a score first point guard. And that's what I wanted. It's perfect for me with the style of play, the organization the way it is. I just want to be part of something like that."

He's so happy that he doesn't even care that he's not a starter on day one with his new team, despite being one of only six players in the NBA last season who averaged 20+ points and 6+ assists per game. That's it. Just six players did that last year.

"It is important to me," Thomas said of being a starter. "But when it comes down to winning I'll do whatever it takes to win. I want to be on a winning team. I know I have a role. It's a big part of what's going on here. I'm all for it. At the end of the day we're going to play with each other no matter who starts and who comes off the bench it's about winning."

That's a team player right there.

Thomas entered free agency with a chip on his shoulder, the same chip that's been there since he started playing basketball.

"A lot of guys in this League can't average 20 points and 6 assists in this League like I did. I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but that's tough to do. With talented guys around me, I can lead a team to the Playoffs, and I'm going to show people that, I'm going to prove people wrong. I know that being 5-9 that scares a lot of people, because that's not the prototypical starting point guard in the NBA. I'm going to keep fighting, keep working and I'm going to show teams and show people that I am a legitimate starting point guard."

"It's because I'm 5-9. If I was 6-foot, I would be signing for $90 million contract, just like him. Not to put anything on him, he's a great player and he's earned that. But at the same time, I know the politics of the game and I know what I've been through to this point. I'm 5-foot-9 and that's why I was the 60th pick. That's why the Kings keep bringing new guys in. That's the reason why. And I understand and you can't put it past that. If I was 6-foot, I would be a max player. I think a lot of people feel that way, too."

--Thomas to Slam Online, in early July

The Suns newest point guard has a lot to prove, and that won't go away now that he's cashed in with a new contract. There's a big difference between $27 million (his Suns contract) and $90 million (what Irving got). Thomas won't even be nearly the highest paid point guard on the team. Dragic already makes more than him, and within 15 months both Bledsoe and Dragic might be making nearly twice what he makes.

And even then, the Suns should still have room to sign a max player next summer if they so choose, to go along with the new "three-headed monster" that is the Suns back court.

In the meantime, the mad scientist in Jeff Hornacek is excited about the possibilities.

"Maybe we got the three-headed monster in the guards," Hornacek said. "There's going to be two of those guys on the court most of the time. Teams are going to have to plan for that and really focus."

And that's how you win a lot of regular season games and make the playoffs with a good seed - by being different than every other team out there and being good at it. The Suns proved last year they can be very effective with a two-point-guard system. Now they're doubling down.

"We are not satisfied," GM Ryan McDonough said of the 48 wins last year. "We want to not only make the playoffs but to advance in the playoffs."

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