So long, Dick.
Well, Kevin Love is not headed Phoenix. You probably already knew this. While it's unlikely that I'll tell you anything that the diehard Suns fan has not yet read or heard, I did come across something interesting.
In this era, is Minnesota's trade the best involving a superstar?
The Phoenix Suns offense: Then and Now
Tuesday night in the final game leading up to the FIBA World Cup we get an intriguing matchup at the point guard position. Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and representing the United States, will be playing opposite Goran Dragic, representing Slovenia.
Former Sun Hakim Warrick is continuing his quest to return to the NBA.
Greg Esposito of Suns.com writes that one of the most iconic teams in Phoenix and NBA history, is sorely underrepresented when it comes to inclusion in video games.
A former Flagstaff sports writer, who has covered the Suns as well as other teams, is having his book "When The Game Stands Tall" adapted for the big screen.
Multiple NBA teams have expressed interest in signing free agent Emeka Okafor, who was most recently with the Suns. Okafor missed all of the 2013-14 NBA season due to a herniated disc in his neck.
The offseason NBA Twitter games continues. This time it's #NBAMovies.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has completed the "Ice Bucket Challenge." He then issued the challenge to California Governor Jerry Brown, for California first lady Maria Shriver, and Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon. I'll save you a search, let's all reminisce.
An interesting look at the evolution of the Team USA basketball jerseys. I'll put the 1960 look at the top.
As of Sunday morning, Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl can recruit again, without restrictions, for the first time in three years. It didn't take long for the phone to ring with calls from well-wishers, and the first was from Charles Barkley.
Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boheim once remarked that Suns guard Tyler Ennis should return to play another season for the Orange, rather than head to the NBA. Here's a look at some of the other "crazy stuff" the iconic college basketball coach has said.
Training camp in Arizona just got a bit more crowded.
According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, NBA veteran and former Sun Earl Barron and undrafted free agent Casey Prather have accepted invitations to join the Suns for training camp on unguaranteed contracts.
Fans may remember Barron from his stint with the Suns in 2010-11 where he played in 12 games - starting half of them - and averaged 3.0 points and 3.3 rebounds on 23.5 percent shooting. The 33-year-old center is listed at 7 feet and 245 pounds and has appeared in 124 career games.
Our very own Scott Howard spent valuable work time to chronicle the Barron Experience in the Valley. Take a walk down memory lane. For those that don't like clicking links, here's a snippet.
In fact, Earl has the lowest field goal percentage of any Phoenix Suns player in history that attempted more than 27 shots. I had to bold that. Think of some of the guys who've played for this team. I barely recall seeing an Earl Clark shot that wasn't a brick, yet in his 2 individual seasons he shot 14% and 15% better than Barron.
To find Barron some company I searched for any Suns players who joined him in what I'll call the special "Over 50 shots, under 30% shooting" club. It's like the 40/40 club, except crappy and probably without steroids. Even with that extended criteria, Barron has only 3 buddies in Suns franchise history:
- Jumaine Jones (2006-07) - 14/51, 27.5%
- Jeff Cook (1987-88) - 14/59, 23.7%
- Joe Thomas (1970-71) - 23/86, 26.7%
Who the hell is Joe Thomas? Never mind that. Guess what all of those players have in common? If you guessed that their awful shooting seasons with Phoenix were their last in the NBA - you win 651 Scott Howard fun bucks. Bad news for our boy E-Barron.
For a more recent update on what Barron has been up to, check out Geoff Allen's latest "Where are the now?" story.
Prather is a 6-foot-5-inch, 200-pound swingman out of Florida who averaged 13.8 points on 60.3 percent shooting as a senior last year before going undrafted. He participated in Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks, but struggled, averaging 5.2 points on 40 percent shooting in 20 minutes per game.
Prather's game is similar to that of the Suns 2014 lottery pick T.J. Warren. He's not a shooter (32 total 3-point attempts in 127 career games at Florida) but he excels at cutting off the ball and slashing to the basket to finish around the rim. He's long and athletic (6-foot-9.25-inch wingspan and a 37.5-inch max vertical jump) and a hard worker who improved from being a bench player his first three years to becoming a star as a senior. Here's a very dunk-y highlight video showcasing his hops.
The Suns are currently at 13 guaranteed contracts without Eric Bledsoe, so there isn't a lot of room on this roster. The Suns have already met the minimum, and only have two spots open (again, without Bledsoe). The odds of either player making the team are low.
Barron is likely just a big body to bang with the other bigs in camp. The Suns aren't terribly deep in the frontcourt, but the team already held onto Shavlik Randolph to fill in as the fifth big.
Prather is a bit more interesting. The Suns don't have room for another wing with Gerald Green, Archie Goodwin, Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker already fighting for limited minutes, but he's still fairly young at 24 and could be looked at as a developmental prospect. If Prather has a stronger showing in camp than he did this summer, the D-League is a possibility where the Suns would be able to keep an eye on him.
Training camp begins in Flagstaff on Saturday.