It's Game-time...Woo-Hoo!

Hey there brightsiders! Can you believe it's been eight months since the last time we saw the Phoenix Suns in a live action game? Well the wait is finally over...Tonight the Suns will take on the Suns in an intra-squad scrimmage that will take place live on Suns.com for your viewing pleasure!

We will get to see all of the players on the roster play against each other in preparation for a shortened pre-season in which they will play only two games before the regular season commences starting Dec. 25th (Dec. 26th for the Suns).

So hit the jump and read on for a short preview of tonight's action, as well as a reminder of how we here at BSOTS need to conduct ourselves to ensure that this place stays the awesome place we all love.

Since I have no idea how the teams will be divided, I can't say for sure which players will be matched up against each other. However, I'll make an educated guess that we can expect to see the following key match-ups for tonight:

- Gortat vs. Lopez: (Has Robin returned to 2009 form? Can he handle the Hammer?)

- Dudley vs. Brown: (Who will be the starting SG? Can Dudley outhustle the uber-athletic Brown?)

- Frye vs. Warrick: (Has Frye been working on his post game? How will our rookie look? How many Dunks for Warrick?) *Morris is not playing due to a sore knee*

- Nash vs. Telfair and/or Price: (Will the great one teach the new kids a few lessons? How will Bassy look? Will Price's defense be a factor?)

- Hill vs. Chill: (Will Chilly show that he's ready for a breakout season in Phx? Can BAMF continue to defy the aging process with his stellar play and hustle?)

I don't know about you guys but I'm excited to see these players tonight! Of course we'll have to wait until the regular season to get a real gauge on how effective our team can be, but it's going to be great getting to see our players go up against one another after this extremely long off-season.

But before we get this thing started, I encourage everyone (especially our new members) to familiarize yourselfs with our rules of conduct around here. We're a pretty relaxed and informal group overall, but we still have some guidelines that we need to follow to ensure this place stays a fun place to hang out...and that you avoid THE BANHAMMER!!!

Here's a quick video that explains everything very well...Thanks Eutychus!




So now that we're all refreshed on how to behave ourselves...without any further ado...Let's get this party started!


Phoenix Suns Streaming Scrimmage Tonight!

Tonight the Suns take on the Suns in front of Season Ticket Holders. The Scrimmage Will Be Streamed on Suns.com. Look For the First game Thread of the Season!


PHOENIX — When Josh Childress signed with the Suns, he expected to “anchor the bench.” Instead he was anchored to the bench. Not much when right for J-Chill since he starred in last season’s...

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Throughout the lockout, Robert Sarver was portrayed as one of the leaders of the hardliners, an owner who wanted to line his pockets more than play basketball. He was forced to bite his tongue amid...

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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver listens on his cell phone during a break in the NBA basketball owners meeting at a hotel in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NBA owners were forbidden from commenting about labor negotiations during the lockout, forcing Suns owner Robert Sarver to absorb the slings and arrows from the national media, and even the re-tweeting by Steve Nash of a harsh Bill Simmons criticism, without being able to respond.

With the lockout officially ending last week, Sarver is now free to defend his reputation. Today, both he and commissioner David Stern spoke favorably of Sarver's involvement in the negotiating process, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

Sarver's reputation can certainly use improvement among the Suns fan community, as he is widely blamed for the team's current mediocrity, and for trading stars such as Joe Johnson and Shawn Marion, and allowing Amare Stoudemire to sign with the Knicks.

But the potentially more damaging hits occurred when national media members painted Sarver as being one of the main antagonists among owners during labor negotiations, and that his hard-line position might impede the Suns' efforts to land and retain free agents.

Sarver recognizes the potential problems his damaged reputation may have caused.

"I was concerned, and that was probably the toughest part about not being able to get the record straight," Sarver said. "It's important that Phoenix is viewed as a place players want to come to."

It should be noted that in the first few days of free agency, the Suns have re-signed Grant Hill and signed Shannon Brown, both players who had other options but chose to play in Phoenix. Hill even told Phoenix radio station XTRA that, "I liked my teammates. I like the coaching staff, management, ownership, and just...I don't know. I just felt like we had something to prove."

Brown signed with the Suns for a one-year deal after the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat were reportedly interested in him.

So far, so good with free agents being willing to sign with the Suns, but Sarver felt the need to clear the air anyway.

"I was consistently at the forefront of trying to get a deal done, knowing it was important for our fans to see NBA basketball again this season," Sarver said.

Interestingly, commissioner David Stern, with whom Sarver has had previous conflicts, supported Sarver's defense. Per Coro:

"He's very honest and direct," NBA Commissioner David Stern said of Sarver. "I'm not sure I'd nominate him for the diplomatic corps, but I would want him with me on anything important, as far as anything with business, directives, integrity or creativeness."

Stern said Sarver always advocated compromise and that his banking background helped the league analyze the cost of a lost season against a shortened one. Stern said Sarver's drive for compromise was "opposite" of public perception.

As we already know within the Suns fan community, Sarver isn't strong at public relations. The Suns have made the conference finals three times and suffered only one losing season since Sarver took ownership in 2004, but he is one of the more vilified owners in the NBA. Still, players aren't leaving Phoenix or staying away because of him, at least not yet. Next summer, the Suns have set themselves up to sign one or two max contract free agents. Will Sarver's presence as owner have any impact on the Suns' chances?
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