The Phoenix Suns fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Monday night's Summer League championship game. Devin Booker and Nate Bjorkgren spoke after the loss.

Well friends, the Phoenix 2015 NBA Summer League run as come to an end. While it didn't end the way that any of us would've liked, there are certainly plenty of positives for the Suns we can take away after the week in Vegas. Most important of course, Alex Len didn't get hurt this time.

Turnovers were the killer last night. The Suns got another big scoring performance, this time from Mike James, but his 32 points weren't enough to compensate for the mistakes against the Spurs. Suns first round draft pick Devin Booker, who scored 31 on Sunday night, talked about what Phoenix could've done differently against San Antonio.

"Just play together better. On the offensive and defensive end. We were just guarding our own man when you need to help out your teammate. You know, it's learning. We hadn't had two days of practice before we got here, so overall we played well."

Booker addressed his growth this week, getting his first taste of NBA competition.

"Just getting a feel for the nba flow. It's a lot different from college. The games are much longer. People are a lot bigger, stronger, faster out there. So you just have to adjust and think about the game."

Despite the loss in the championship, Summer Suns coach Nate Bjorkgren seemed pleased with the performances he got out of the team this week, particularly on the defensive side.

"It's been a great week. To play like we did, I thought defensively we were very good, which was the big thing I wanted to emphasize this year in summer league. (We) played all the way to that final game, and it says a lot about these young guys and where we're going."

More so than many Summer League teams, this season's Suns really seemed to grow together during the week. At different times different players were the go-to guy and several Suns stepped up defensively. Phoenix got big efforts from the likely (T.J. Warren) and unlikely (Jorts).

"I thought from the Suns guys, Alex, and TJ, and Devin Booker, those guys grew as we moved along. It's going to take those defensive stops and really locking in on D to create things on offense when it comes regular season time. So i saw a lot of nice things from all those guys."

Unsurprisingly, when asked about his favorite part of the 2015 NBA Summer League, Bjorkgren only mentioned Big Jorts. No, sorry. He didn't.

"Just being around these guys. I loved coaching these guys. I told everyone of them that in the locker room. Just being a part of the Phoenix Suns. It means a lot and I'm really looking forward to the season."

That's probably the better, more diplomatic answer. The Suns wrap up Summer League play with a 5-2 record, and I still hate the Spurs.

Where does the Suns "young core" rank?

"I'm excited just to learn from him. He said he wants to be my mentor. I'm really excited about it." Alex Len is looking forward to learning from the Suns new addition to the frontcourt, Tyson Chandler.

"I love the coaches. And I love the city of Phoenix. I love what the organization is doing and what it means to the city. It kind of made my decision to get it done quickly a no-brainer." Brandon Knight is a Phoenix Sun.

T.J. Warren was named to the 2015 NBA Summer League's All-First Team with Doug McDermott, Kyle Anderson, Seth Curry, and Norman Powell. ranks the Phoenix Suns' "young core" among the bottom third of the NBA.

If that's true, the Suns have a tough road ahead of them, as many believe the NBA's Western Conference got even better this offseason.

At least one person thinks the Suns will be in the hunt for a playoff spot. Sorry Phoenix fans, it's Chris Broussard.

The husband of a female Suns fan shared an email from a Phoenix ticket representative alleging the rep was hitting on his wife.

Former Phoenix Suns forward Craig Dykema will be inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame on November 12th.

Auditions for the Suns dance team will take place August 1st at Talking Stick Resort. Prep classes will be held July 22nd and July 29th from 6pm to 9:30pm at the US Airways Center.

One assessment is that former Phoenix forward Marcus Morris will be better off without his brother next season.

The dual playmaker system is alive and well, and will be roaming the courts of Phoenix for a long time to come. Whether you like it or not, the Phoenix Suns really, really do.

In the past ten months, they committed $140 million to play Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight at the starting guards for the next few years, likely sharing the court about half the game and alternating at point guard. Coming off the bench, it appears, will be rookie-contract guys like Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker and (maybe next year?) Bogdan Bogdanovic as well as mid-to-low paid veterans.

If you weren't convinced of the Suns' commitment to this lineup, watch the press conference.

I don't quite have time to transcribe the conference, so here are the paraphrased talking points:

  • When the combo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe didn't work out in year two (and would have cost even more for an older core of players if it did), the Suns turned quickly to Brandon to share time with Eric.
  • Knight is still improving, just turned 23 this spring despite four years in the NBA already. "I'm young and old at the same time."
  • Knight said the time he was injured allowed him to decompress and see the organization for what it was: a top notch organization from the top to the bottom, and somewhere he wanted to stay for a long time to come.
  • Knight never considered other offers. He flew to LA to meet with the Suns at 9pm on June 30 (or, midnight July 1) to sit down and agree to the contract.
  • He asked to participate in the Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge meetings to help sell them on the Suns, and wanted to wait to sign last so the Suns could spend more money on other players.
  • On his third NBA team in 4 years, despite always being a starting caliber player, Knight wants to find a long term home (explaining why he never considered a short-term deal this summer).
  • He knows how to play with Bledsoe, that they each have their strengths and weaknesses and wants to share the floor with him. He knows what he signed up for.
  • Lon Babby said the Suns were at times immature and unprofessional last year, and that Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler will correct that problem.
  • Jeff Hornacek said Knight will be their talker on offense (getting the guys in the right spots) while Chandler will be the talker on defense.
It was pretty much a feel-good presser, as you might expect. I tried to ask the straight up questions, and they gave straight up answers.


Brandon Knight's long-term deal suggests the Suns are in possession of something they haven’t had in a while: vision.


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