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We've got a treat for you in today's edition of 'What the Suns!?".

Now first off - I don't get paid, nor does Wilfredo or Alex or EBR or any of the staff writers here at Bright Side of the Sun to do what we do here.  It's a labor of love and during a lockout it's a trial of creativity and of sanity at times... but what happened in the making of this article was awesome and brightens the dark cloud of the lockout in a small way. 

Ladies and Gentlemen - Josh Childress was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to give us here at the Bright Side of the Sun an inside scoop as to what he's been up to this summer.   Let's get it on!

Josh Childress

FOR BASKETBALL - Since Josh is a Suns team representative for the NBPA and because of his experience abroad playing with Olympiakos, he recently made an appearance on the Jim Rome show in a segment called 'Alone with Rome' where he talked about the Lockout and about Playing overseas.  The ESPN chumps won't let me embed the video so if you'd like to watch it here's a link.  When asked about how far apart the two sides (NBA and NBPA) were, Childress told Rome,

"Oh man, as far as the East is from the West - it's pretty bad brother...  I wouldn't say the season is in jeopardy, I mean I think the players are prepared for that but I'm hoping that we get something done and have some sort of season, but you never know."

He continues on to mention that players have been advised to prepare for a missed season and that he believes that the players will stay unified during the process of negotiation.  When asked if he'd consider heading overseas again for this season should the lockout last that long, Josh told the show, 

"Would I? Probably this year.. uh - no I wouldn't.  I was over there the past two years and it's not because I didn't enjoy it, it was two of the best years of my life - I just think that I'm going to use this opportunity to maybe take some classes and try to finish my degree up."

I'm glad to hear he's going to stay stateside - Josh broke his finger at the start of last season, I don't know if I want him risking a blown-off finger for this or next year if he heads back to the M-80 throwing crowds of Europe.  Let's give Josh a full season with healthy fingers from the start please?

Anyways - Like I mentioned above, JCHill was kind enough to respond when I asked him for some input for his Episode of this series and this is what he wrote about his basketball endeavors this off-season so far.

I have been spending most of the summer traveling back and forth from Phoenix and Orange County, CA and doing my training in both spots. Working hard and trying to get better everyday.

FOR CHARITY - Childress has been busy helping out those in need both her in Phoenix and in California this summer.  Off the top of my head I remember Josh participating in a canned food drive at the Scottsdale Majerle's Grill, I've seen him give gear and shoes away on Twitter, I know he's visited Boys and Girls clubs around the state because I peeked and found this -

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And when asked directly he mentioned that he held his 2nd annual JChill camp in California.

I had the 2nd annual JChill Basketball Camp at the park I grew up playing at in Compton, CA. I allow kids with a 3.0 GPA or better to attend and it's an all around great event. The kids get new shoes, shorts, and at the end of the camp I give out prizes for camper of the week in each age group and also highest GPA in each age group. This year's prizes included Nintendo DSi's, iPod's, XBOX 360's, and an iPad. It was great to reward the kids for a job well done.

FOR FUN - Now for the fun.   Josh told BSotS, 

Fun wise -- I have been spending time with my family and friends. Thats the most fun thing for me to do in the world. Playing some video games, doing a little bowling, and just hanging out. I have gone to a few of those indoor trampoline spots and they are pretty cool. I remember watching SlamBall back in the day and always wanted to try that stuff. Its been pretty hot out here in Phoenix this summer so I spent a ton of time inside.

Josh has also been flexing his spiritual muscles this summer as he regularly tweets about uplifting Bible Study sessions. Just think about that for a minute... we are lucky to have the high-character players that we do on our Suns roster.  Besides being charitable and overall good guys - the grand majority (the exception being Robin Lopez on days that aren't immediately followed by a full moon) have awesome humor.  Peep this latest tweet from @JChillin

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Funny stuff.  :)   And again - thanks to Josh Childress for giving us at Bright Side some love.

Now once again this is the part where you as the faithful reader and blog creeper evaluate this Josh Childress summer-report and leave at least 10 comments (can we settle for 5?  maybe?  PLEASE? ... I'm not desperate though..) about it.   Also let the Bright Side know what you've did for your summer break?  Anything as sweet as indoor trampoline jumping? 

Stay tuned for our next episode of "What the Suns!?"


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Will Jared Dudley roll the dice in a Vegas pro basketball league next month?

Las Vegas basketball training site Impact Basketball is in the process of forming a pro players basketball league that is scheduled to play for at least two weeks next month, according to HoopsWorld. Unlike the Los Angeles-based Drew League and New York City's Rucker Park tournament, the Impact league will include only professional basketball players.

Rosters are still being formed, but players who have relationships with Impact include Kevin Garnett, John Wall, Paul Pierce, Rudy Gay, Monta Ellis and the Suns' own Jared Dudley. Dudley told HoopsWorld this:

"It will start in September, with two games a day. There will be a blend of all-stars, veterans and rookies. We'll play by NBA rules - have a 24-second shot clock and everything. You heard of the Drew League and Goodman League, but the difference with this league is that it's not a pro-am. There will just be NBA pros. It really gets guys ready for the NBA season. I'm excited every summer because at Impact, you only can get better. Now, the games are there to put what you learn into action on the court."

While there has been no announcement on which players will participate, this quote appears to leave little doubt that Dudley will be one of them. I don't see how that will be a bad thing for Dudz or the Suns. He has announced his goals this offseason of improving his ballhandling and shooting off the dribble. This league would provide a great opportunity for him to get in work against legitimate NBA competition, and he doesn't need any out clause as he would with an international team.

Also, in case you're wondering like I was, "there is a possibility that the games will be streamed online." I'd probably watch. Would you? And, do you want Dudley to play in this league?

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Normally during this time of the year the anticipation of a new NBA season would be building - we would all be getting geared up to start hearing news about how teams will begin to reunite for informal workouts in preparation for training camps and the preseason.   But obviously this year is different.  The 'Lockout' is like the plague and it's killed off all anticipation and basketball talk with the exception of Blake Griffin's farts or whether or not Kobe Bryant ever knew or talked about or spoke in an inside-voice to or possibly had the possibility of shaking the hand of some European team owner.   Amazing.

But guess what - we're here to help.  This is the first edition of a small series of summer reports on each player listed on the Suns roster that I'm calling, "What the Suns!?"  We'll talk about what each player is doing or has been doing this summer for their basketball skills, for charity and what they're doing for fun.

Enjoy.

Aaron Brooks

FOR BASKETBALL - He's a Free-Agent and before the darkness set in, the Suns extended to him a qualifying offer which doesn't necessarily mean that the Suns are bringing him back - but if you ask him,

"All signs point to me going back to Phoenix," Brooks said. "I had a good time. I like the organization and it's a great city. I would love to continue playing in Phoenix. I would love to stay with this team. This summer, I'm going to get more comfortable with the guys. I want to get to know everyone a little bit better and then hopefully we have a better season than we did last year."
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"All of the guys there are cool, but it was awkward for me because I've never been in that position," Brooks said. "I've never switched teams in the middle of the season, but they did a good job of making me feel comfortable while I was there. It was just different being thrown into a situation like that."

He's been back and forth between Phoenix and Seattle training - but indeed he spends most of his time in the much cooler Northwest (can you blame him?).

As far as overseas plans? Hoopsworld reports that Brooks is seriously considering playing in China if the lockout breaks into the season.   Given his time with the Rockets and playing alongside Yao Ming Aaron has legitimate popularity points in China as well as various business endorsement deals that could weigh positively in his decision to play overseas.

FOR CHARITY - He's been doing some good things out in Seattle.

On July 23, Brooks participated  in the annual Hoops206 Charity Basketball Classic in Seattle - an event that pits Pro Basketball players from the Seattle area against other players from the NBA.  Participants included the likes of Brandon Roy, Jamaal Crawford, The fierce Brian Scalabrine, Brandon Jennings, the amazing Marcus Banks and others.   

Also, on July 24, his own foundation, the Aaron Brooks Foundation held their annual Charitabowl Classic in Seattle - an event that assists in the funding of programs at middle schools in Brooks' hometown. These programs provide services to under-served at-risk youth in their schools.  His foundation reported that over $6,000 dollars was raised that night.

FOR FUN -

Brooks has been all over the place this summer, from Phoenix indulging in some LoLo's Chicken and Waffles... 

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to Florida to Seattle where he seems to spend the most of his time working out and resting, bowling and enjoying the summer (something he says is much needed after an injury plagued season like he had last year).

Oh yeah, he's also busy ‘pooting' in airport walkways - don't judge - you know you've 'pooted' in public too.

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He also caused a stir and made Houston Rockets fans yell mean internet things at him on Twitter.  It all started when a friendly tweet to one of his followers was taken bitterly by others. 

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Seriously - if you don't have a Twitter... get one and follow me - then follow Aaron Brooks a.k.a. @Thirty2zero, his tweets are few and far between but they are pretty down to earth blurbs that would make you laugh if nothing else. 

 

This is the part where you as the faithful reader and blog creeper evaluate Aaron Brooks' summer-report and leave at least 10 comments about it.   Also let the Bright Side know what the most awkard place you've ever 'pooted' is.  We're dying to know.

Stay tuned for our next episode of "What the Suns!?"

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