Look for Robin Lopez and his cryptic tweet below, it may give us a better understanding of his unusual character  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Links and things and a player (social network) Roll Call!

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LINKS AND THINGS

  • Paul Coro has an insightful article about newly hired (back in September) Suns Director of Player Personnel and head Draft man Jim Treloar.

"He has a consistency and temperament that's refreshing," said Brady, now head coach at Arkansas State. "He approaches it from a defensive standpoint. The way he evaluates players, he knows who's talented. He likes to know who is tough, competitive and consistent. That reflects on a player's character. He helped me with managing players, skill development, breaking down tape, putting together game plans. He was another head coach. But he's not a credit seeker. He just wants to win."

  • More Coro on Treolar and the D-League - Are the Suns going to change affiliation?  Will they again look to move a D-League team closer to home and hold sole management rights?  Questions for the future...
Last year, the Suns wanted to place a D-League affiliate in Prescott Valley with a hybrid ownership, which would have allowed the Suns to control basketball operations.  It did not work out on the Prescott Valley end but not for lack off interest on the Suns' side.

  • Jess Root over at SBNAZ responds to the latest SBNation mock draft that has the Suns sticking with European 'softy' center Donatas Montiejunas... It's funny, if you're of the same logic that rejects the idea of the Suns drafting Jimmer Fredette due to his lack of defense - then you should also hands down be opposed to the idea of the Suns taking the defensively-challenged Montiejunas.  Especially since he's a supposed defensively-challenged CENTER.  You can refer to my last post about how the Bigs are key to having a solid defensive team to better understand my emphasis.

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  • Everyone knows that we here in Phoenix are not the biggest Chad Ford fans... but he did mention us in his online chat today - 06/01/11.  Take it for what it's worth

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And a little love for one of my favorites in the Draft - Mr. I make you bleed Faried.

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  • Then later on his Twitter he mentioned the Suns yet again while recapping the pre-draft workout of Klay Thompson for the Washington Wizards.

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Right on Cue - Paul Coro with the clutch info regarding the Suns and pre-draft workouts -

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  • Arizona Republic's preview of possible Suns draftees - Bismack Biyombo, Marshon Brooks, Alec Burks, Kenneth Faried, Jimmer Fredette, Jordan Hamilton, Tobias Harris, Tyler Honeycutt, Donatas Montiejunas, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Josh Selby, Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson and Tristan Thompson  - are all the players previewed...  That's 2 PG's, 5 SG's, 2 SF, 4 PF's, 2 C's...  if anybody outside of the tight-lipped Suns organization knew what the team was looking for it would be Coro.  But judging by the variety of players previewed here it looks like NOBODY has a clue as to what the Blanks/Babby brain trust want to do. Add to that the fact that the Suns have absolutely 0 players scheduled to work for them over the next few weeks and your guess is as good as mine.

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Sure, it would be great if he appeared to care more often (in more than his cliché-filled interviews), but it was always wishful thinking to expect Carter to just be rejuvenated by the desert and Nash and turn into a bonafide go-to player, a role the Suns never ended up filling.

Instead he was an inconsistent, inefficient gunner who did not resemble Vince Carter often enough.

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PLAYER ROLL-CALL

Jared Dudley - probably the easiest to track down, is in San Diego working out and living the dream.  He tweets about twice a day about how he's either working out or at the gym doing cardio.  Classic Dudley - that's why we love him.

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Steve Nash - also an easy follow because of his Twitter activity.  He's keeping busy in New York like usual for the summer.  I also saw that he was in Jamaica for a while.  BTW - I've never had Oxtail nor did I know you could eat it... but to me it looks disgusting. WTF.

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Grant Hill - Keeping busy with his new roll on the Basketball Hall of Fame Board - giving speeches at diet/nutrition conferences and chilling at home with his kids playing video games in Orlando Florida.

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Channing Frye - Is loving the crappy weather in Portland... and apparently grilling a ton and eating lots of food while posting funny pictures and enjoyable Finals/playoffs commentary. I Hope he puts on a lot of weight.

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Garret Siler - I assume he was in his home land of Georgia - but now he's headed to Orlando to work out with Marcin Gortat and Grant Hill. 

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Hakim Warrick - was in Phoenix for a while working out - then went to Vegas and gambled a bunch and now he's back home in Philly and just had his car shipped to his house.  #MustBeNice

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Mickael Pietrus - He's back overseas in Malaga and listening to a lot of Musica and who knows what else. 

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Marcin Gortat - He's a happy man having one some hefty bets on Soccer and the NBA playoffs - he's down in Orlando working out currently.

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Aaron Brooks -  I don't know what he's doing or where he's at... I'll tweet him and see if I get a response, but I doubt it. 

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Zabian Dowdell - As well, I'm not sure where he's at or what he's up to. 

Josh Childress - Also MIA on the social network front .

Gani Lawal - As well MIA.

Robin Lopez - MIA... but he was seen at the Phoenix Comicon last weekend, the last we've heard from him was this cryptic tweet, maybe YOU can decipher it.

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What.... Does... It.... Mean...?

[UPDATE by Eutychus, 06/01/11 3:51 PM PDT ]

I posted a quick tweet to Aaron Brooks and got a very fast response... a partial response but I respect the love. Apparently he's back home in Seattle.
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PHOENIX — Vince Carter wouldn’t be such a bad player if he didn’t used to be Vince Carter. You remember him, the guy who jumped over a seven-footer, delivered an all-time dunk contest...

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After over a month of playoff action featuring a few stunning upsets and the flameouts of the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics, the NBA Finals are finally upon us as the Western Conference Champion Dallas Mavericks face the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in game 1 in Miami tonight. The Mavericks will try to avenge their 6-game loss to the Heat in the 2006 Finals, although each team has only two players remaining from that series (Nowitzki, Terry, Wade and Haslem). Oh yeah, and the Heat added some guy named LeBron since then. He and Dirk Nowitzki have been the best players in these playoffs, and it will be fascinating to see their teams match up as each goes for his first championship ring. This should be a fun series to watch.

Notes:

  • John Schuhmann has become one of my favorite NBA writers during this postseason. Here, he breaks down the challenge the Mavericks face with the 2-3-2 format of the Finals.
  • I realize LeBron James is hated by many fans here, but come on. Admit it. Isn't it fun to have him as a villain?
  • I'm sorry to report that all of the games will be broadcast on ABC, so we won't get to enjoy the excellent work of the TNT crew. I miss Chuck already.

Tonight's game:

Mavs at Heat, 6PM PDT, ABC.


What's up, Bright Side? Long time no post (not that I expect many of you would recall my previous posts/comments). I've been meaning to write down some of my post-regular season thoughts, having for once developed somewhat defined opinions on a variety of matters.

Feel free to ignore me, but if you're bored (like me), then you will surely read on.


The first thing I wanted to address is the upcoming NBA draft. All I've been hearing is how terrible this draft class is, how there aren't any all stars. Bulls**t is what I say to that. When was the last time a draft failed to produce at least one All Star quality player? I've looked back through the last 20 years, and every draft has produced All Stars. Every. Single. One. There's no denying there are some nice prospects in this year's draft - they may not be ready right now, but I'm sure, like always, some will find a way to contribute at an All Star level. And honestly? I still hold hope that we can snag one of the guys that will achieve that. Why must everyone be so damn pessimistic?

Obviously, an All-Star selection isn't a great measure of a player's success - Jamal Magloire and Wally Szczerbiak are among them, after all - but the point is, there are good-to-great players to be had in every draft... I don't expect this one to be an exception.

Moving on, I've mentioned before my affection for He Who Shall Not Be Named, a.k.a. Vince Carter. I can't help but liken his current situation to that of his second cousin just 10 months ago. Like T-Mac last July, Carter's career is at a crossroads. He's facing what many would perceive to be health/fitness issues, and most wonder if he has what it takes to continue to be successful at an NBA level. Personally, I think he does -it's not uncommon for players who are thought to be "washed up" to have a renaissance year and squeeze another year or two of productivity from their bodies. Carter, being the incredible athlete that he is, is surely a candidate. Once VC is bought out, I'm sure several teams will be chasing him - contending teams among them - which I think will provide the motivation he needs to get his career back on track. He obviously didn't want to be in Phoenix this year, but put him in a good situation as the #1 wing option, and I think he does the job. A little more on this shortly...

Another thing I've been musing, in light of OKC and Chicago's recent exits, is what pieces teams need to add in order to take the next step. Chicago is an obvious one, and is a favourite of mine, so I'm going to focus on them.

Rose can't carry the offense on his own - the last time a team tried to get a PG to be ALL of the offense, the best they got was an MVP, a couple scoring titles and one Finals berth. Let's ask Philadelphia if they'd do that again. Chicago is locked in at the 1, 3, 4 and 5 (unless they can miraculously ship out Boozer for dollar value), so their obvious need is at the 2. One of the more intriguing wing options I thought of was fan favourite and former Sun Jason Richardson. He's had a down year, accepting a limited/vaguely defined role, yet somehow improving (at least statistically) defensively. It would seem to me that J-Rich is capable of being a team defender on a good defensive team (which Chicago is, and will be for years to come), and combined with his offense, is all Chicago need from the 2.

Of course, it all comes down to cost. What sort of money does J-Rich deserve? What sort of money does he think he deserves? Chicago may well go down another path, opting for someone less risky, perhaps younger, probably cheaper. They could do worse than Richardson, though. (hint: an example would be Keith Bogans)

This brings me back to Carter. Where do you all think he ends up? I could see him in a Chicago jersey, but I'm not sure I'd want to. I could also see him in Miami, pulling a Payton and riding the Heatles to a ring. New York could use an upgrade at SG, but I'm not sure VC would fit in with Melo, STAT and Chauncey offensively. The Clippers could play him at the 3, but I'm sure they'd rather bide their time and save their money developing young talent.

With all that in mind - what offseason moves should the Suns make? In my opinion, the priorities should be as follows:

1. Get a scorer - preferably low post
2. Fill the back up PG slot
3. Do everything possible to find a deal for any combination of Pietrus, Childress and Warrick. At least one of them has to go - preference is to keep Chilly.

Now then, discuss!


PHOENIX — Before the season tipped off, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry proclaimed Robin Lopez would be the second most important player for the 2010-11 Phoenix Suns. As it turned out, he was...

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