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We will never forget everything Steve Nash did on the basketball court. He was a magician with the ball and gave Suns fans countless memories of supreme excellence. Making Nash's time in Phoenix even more "special", was his reputation as a stellar citizen (albeit a Canadian) who avoided the brushes with the law and other off-court/field scandals that marred so many others.

(Yes, we remember you, Charles Barkley, and the many times you ended up on the police blotter.)

Now, however, there might actually be something to the various rumors and general smelliness surrounding Steve Nash's abrupt divorce which was announced literally within hours of the birth of his son.

Super Steve is back in town and took the stand so he could fight to keep his wife from moving from the Valley to be near his new home in Los Angeles. The ex-wife wants to bring their three kids to California so they can be closer to their daddy. Nash....well, Steve has a different priority:

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Nash said in court he would like to have his children attend school where he lives, but he also has contended Menrath’s proposal to move to California is about getting child support from him. [emphasis added]

Catch that? Steve Nash, the same guy who talked about picking the Lakers so he could be closer to his kids, doesn't want his ex to move his kids closer to him because he might have to pay child support in California. For some reason, he doesn't have to pay child support with the kids living in Arizona.

Kids close to daddy or pay more in child support. hmmmmm

Nash, it should be noted, has made at least $100m playing basketball and countless millions as a pitch man for Nike and other companies.

So, is Nash just a good daddy who doen't want his ex-wife to get more money out of him or is he just another dirtbag?

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The Coliseum served as the home of the Suns from their inception through the 1991-92 season. It may have resembled a dungeon in some respects, but it was still a great place to watch a basketball game. In the waning years of its capacity as the Suns' home court the Madhouse was involved in the a new brand of exhilarating basketball in the desert. On the heels of a cocaine scandal the Suns had one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NBA history.

After winning just 28 games in the 1987-88 season the renascent Suns rose from the proverbial ashes and let slip the dogs of war to the tune of 55 victories. This team was the original Suns' version of seven seconds or less. Maybe they should historically be donned as six seconds or less, because the 1988-89 team averaged a league leading 118.6 points per game. The inferior imitators led by Steve Nash never averaged more than 110.4 point per game.

The roster of that team included a star studded cast of Suns' greats... and some others who were at least notable for various reasons.

  • Tom Chambers
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Dan Majerle
  • Tyrone Corbin
  • Mark West
  • Tim Perry
  • Andrew Lang
  • Steve Kerr
  • Craig Hodges
  • and some guy named Jeff Hornacek...
24 seasons ago. Podcast 24. Coincidence? I think not. The Suns have had a habit of sending away players only to have them return as heroes. Let's hope the new hiring follows form.

This week's edition focuses on the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the Suns' new head coach, some lottery and draft discussion, as well as some playoff talk.

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Do you remember Kendall Marshall? I don't blame you if you don't. It's been a LONG time since the Phoenix Suns last played basketball and a lot has happened since then.

The Blanks Ghost was exorcised. The Suns' streak of bad luck continued with a one-spot drop in the Draft Lottery. Lindsey Hunter was given an "interview" that won him a Light Rail pass to Sky Harbor. And finally, Jeff Hornacek was hired!

Let's talk about that last one because something he said in his introductory press conference caught my ear. Specifically, Horny talked about his awful side-spinning shot that he brought to the NBA and how he was forced to take extreme measures to fix it.

Jeff taped his thumb to his hand to re-teach himself how to get his elbow tucked in and turned an ugly (but somewhat effective) shot into a consistent weapon that carried him through 14 years in the NBA and delivered a career .403 shooting percentage from behind the arc.

To recap: Hornacek entered the NBA as a 6-3 guard with a broken shot but good court vision and passing.

Does that sound familiar? It damn well should since I put Kendall Marshall's name in the freakin' headline and first sentence of this story, dumbass.

Marshall is a 6-3 guard with elite vision and passing skills who can't hit the broad side of a backboard thanks to his own broken shot mechanics. He has a different problem than Hornacek, but one whose only real solution might be probably is a complete teardown and rebuild.

That, however, would require a GREAT deal of commitment and patience on the part of young Kendall. Hornacek discussed what it takes:

"It took about a year and a half to where I really felt comfortable, where i was back at my shooting range. It's a good lesson for me with the young shooters out there now. Every guy there's little things you might tweak, but the emphasis with the guys is you have to stay with it. It's a process."

It's a process. It takes a long time. It's hard.

Will a player of this generation be willing to follow the advice of his old-man coach and do what needs to be done? I am very curious to find out...but doubtful Kendall will go for it.

And if only Horny can teach anyone that beautiful one-legged runner in the lane! But that's another story for another day. In the meantime, enjoy this.


PHOENIX – On May 21, Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough admitted that it was a complex time. The draft lottery had just been settled and McDonough instead gotten blitzed by questions about...

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This year the NBA has flipped the script on Summer League trying to add value to the games and the experience for the players as well as the teams. There will be a formal Championship Game after each team competes in at least five "regular season" games with a single elimination playoffs following.

The Phoenix Suns will be one of 22 teams in Las Vegas for the ninth annual Summer League in the Sin City. They are one of four teams to have competed in every Summer League since its inception in Las Vegas.

Last year the team finished 2-3 in Summer League losing to the D-League Select Team along the way. Kendall Marshall, Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker, and Diante Garrett all participated last summer making the NBA roster after quality individual showings. There will be some change this year however with Dan Majerle no longer with the team after coaching the team last year in this event. They will need a new coach, but will likely send the same faces back to continue their development. Having said that, the team could benefit from sending more of the roster up there to develop this summer.

With three picks in the up-coming NBA Draft having a spot in the Summer League this summer is very beneficial for the team to get their young players on the court for competitive basketball before training camp.

The games will be broadcast on NBA TV and played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and at the Cox Pavilion. Games will be played from July 12-22 with the Championship being held on Monday, July 22nd.

Summer League is a great opportunity for prospects as well as another venue for teams to evaluate the professional potential of an individual player as made evident by Tucker this past year. He developed into one of the better defensive wings in the league last year, but easily could have been back in Europe if he did not participate in summer hoops affair.

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