Let's look at the schedule in parts.
Key factors that I took into consideration:
Update: Suns get 25 national TV games (including NBA-TV) - 12 home games, 13 on the road
Update #2: Suns only play 16 back-to-backs, down from 20 last season. A boon for Steve and Grant.
Okay, away we go, after the jump!
Here is my analysis:
Click on the link for details.
Also, here it is (hope it formats ok). I broke the schedule down by runs of tough/easy games, and road/away-heavy portions as well.
|Thu 28||@ Utah||7:30pm|
|Fri 29||vs LA Lakers||7:30pm|
|Wed 03||vs San Antonio||7:00pm|
|Fri 05||vs Memphis||7:00pm||3-2||3-2|
|Sun 07||@ Atlanta||3:00pm|
|Mon 08||@ Memphis||6:00pm|
|Fri 12||vs Sacramento||7:00pm|
|Sun 14||@ LA Lakers||7:30pm|
|Mon 15||vs Denver||7:00pm|
|Wed 17||@ Miami||5:00pm|
|Thu 18||@ Orlando||6:00pm|
|Sat 20||@ Charlotte||5:00pm|
|Mon 22||@ Houston||6:30pm||5-4||8-6|
|Wed 24||vs Chicago||7:00pm|
|Fri 26||vs LA Clippers||7:00pm|
|Sun 28||@ Denver||6:00pm|
|Thu 02||@ Golden State||8:30pm|
|Fri 03||vs Indiana||7:00pm|
|Sun 05||vs Washington||6:00pm|
|Tue 07||@ Portland||8:00pm|
|Wed 08||vs Memphis||7:00pm|
|Fri 10||vs Portland||7:00pm|
|Wed 15||vs Minnesota||7:00pm||8-2||16-8|
|Fri 17||@ Dallas||7:30pm|
|Sun 19||@ Oklahoma City||5:00pm|
|Mon 20||@ San Antonio||6:30pm|
|Thu 23||vs Miami||8:30pm|
|Sun 26||@ LA Clippers||1:00pm|
|Wed 29||vs Philadelphia||7:00pm|
|Fri 31||vs Detroit||7:00pm|
|Sun 02||@ Sacramento||7:00pm||5-3||21-11|
|Wed 05||vs LA Lakers||8:30pm|
|Fri 07||vs New York||8:30pm|
|Sun 09||vs Cleveland||6:00pm|
|Tue 11||@ Denver||7:00pm|
|Wed 12||vs New Jersey||7:00pm|
|Fri 14||vs Portland||8:30pm||4-2||25-13|
|Mon 17||@ New York||11:00am|
|Wed 19||@ Cleveland||5:00pm|
|Fri 21||@ Washington||6:00pm|
|Sat 22||@ Detroit||5:30pm|
|Mon 24||@ Philadelphia||5:00pm|
|Wed 26||vs Charlotte||7:00pm|
|Fri 28||vs Boston||8:30pm|
|Sun 30||vs New Orleans||6:00pm|
|Wed 02||vs Milwaukee||7:00pm|
|Fri 04||vs Oklahoma City||7:00pm||8-2||33-15|
|Mon 07||@ Golden State||8:30pm|
|Thu 10||vs Golden State||7:00pm|
|Fri 11||@ Utah||8:30pm|
|Sun 13||vs Sacramento||6:00pm|
|Tue 15||vs Utah||7:00pm|
|Thu 17||vs Dallas||8:30pm|
|Wed 23||vs Atlanta||7:00pm||5-2||38-17|
|Fri 25||@ Toronto||5:00pm|
|Sun 27||@ Indiana||10:00am|
|Mon 28||@ New Jersey||5:00pm|
|Wed 02||@ Boston||5:30pm|
|Fri 04||@ Milwaukee||6:30pm|
|Sun 06||@ Oklahoma City||5:00pm||3-3||41-20|
|Tue 08||vs Houston||7:00pm|
|Thu 10||vs Denver||8:30pm|
|Sun 13||vs Orlando||12:30pm||2-1||43-21|
|Mon 14||@ Houston||5:30pm|
|Wed 16||@ New Orleans||5:00pm|
|Fri 18||vs Golden State||7:00pm|
|Sun 20||@ LA Clippers||12:30pm|
|Tue 22||@ LA Lakers||7:30pm||3-2||46-23|
|Wed 23||vs Toronto||7:00pm|
|Fri 25||vs New Orleans||7:00pm|
|Sun 27||vs Dallas||7:30pm|
|Tue 29||@ Sacramento||7:00pm|
|Wed 30||vs Oklahoma City||7:00pm|
|Fri 01||vs LA Clippers||7:00pm||4-2||50-25|
|Sun 03||@ San Antonio||10:00am|
|Tue 05||@ Chicago||5:00pm|
|Wed 06||@ Minnesota||5:00pm|
|Fri 08||@ New Orleans||5:00pm|
|Sun 10||@ Dallas||4:30pm|
|Mon 11||vs Minnesota||7:00pm|
|Wed 13||vs San Antonio||7:30pm||5-2||55-27|
Wuzzzup. Here's a random meandering for you purple and orange summer site stalkers.
Let's play a little game if you're as bored as I am at work or as desperate as I am for Suns Basketball diggs - it's called Ex-Suns: Where are they Now?
Pick your favorite Ex-Sun and do some research. In the comment section below let us all know Where they are now and why you chose the player you did.
I'll start it off.
Eutychus... who cares?
I know right? Well I do. Casey may not be a well remembered fan favorite for all - but he was definitely one of my favorites when the Suns drafted him back in 02'. I'm not saying he's my all-time favorite or anything crazy like that... He was in the news and it brought back some fond memories. I have a tendency to root for the underdog - and that was Casey. His stats (as seen below) weren't/aren't eye popping, but his character is off the charts and he was a likable guy to root for - a Goran-like guy who you wanted to play well.
So things didn't pan out very well for him in the NBA so Casey has been back forth between here and Europe but he still plays. Besides being the underdog dude - another reason I was a fan is because when he played for the Suns he lived in my neighborhood and we actually went to church together, so I got to talk to him every once in a while and that is always fun. I'll never forget one Sunday when he was having one of his babies blessed in church - I rolled into the parking lot and saw Mercedes after BMW after Cadillac on huge custom rims and sleek paint jobs, and when I walked into the building I saw nearly the entire Suns team on the back row there to support Casey on a big day for his family. It was really cool.
Besides all that - Casey is probably one of the better basketball player bloggers I can think of - check out his work at SLAM online.
Here's an excerpt from a blog about gaurding MJ and LeBron - He's got good imagery and whatnot - but he did go to Stanford...
If you're still bored - Here are some of his more memorable moments in the NBA
And just to see a little more what his personality is like check out this little feature he did with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Alright, enough man-love for a mediocre Ex-NBA player - it's your turn. Light it up in the comment section.