This is the only picture of Gani Lawal in a Suns' uniform and this is from a preseason game. He tore his ACL in January 2011.

The other day I spent a few minutes talking to Suns rookie Gani Lawal in the locker room before a game. Gani, you will recall, was drafted 46th by the Suns last summer. The 6-9 forward tore his ACL and partially tore the MCL in his right knee and missed the second half of the season. The injury occurred on the practice court in early January and as is typically the case, they waited a few weeks before cutting him open to repair the damage. 

Gani was in a great mood when we spoke. He ran on the treadmill that day for the first time and seemed really jazzed about that. He said his knee is about a month ahead of schedule and he'll be staying in Phoenix to work on his rehab until the lock out which is expected to start on July 1.

Gani said he expects to be 100 percent by July or early August and is dying to play. He's bulked up a bit and looks ripped (shoulders and arms). His plan for next season is to bang in the paint, rebound, run the floor and bring energy -- same plan as before.

He is going to enroll in some classes at Georgia Tech in July to work on finishing his degree in business/finance. While he expects it will take at least another year to reach that goal, he's committed to it. Good for him.

Gani only saw two minutes of floor time all season before hurting his knee.

Here's a picture of Gani from Sun's media day before last season...in case you forgot what he looked like.

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It's over for the Suns, and we don't know when we'll see them in action again. It's gonna be a long, long summer for us; by the time we actually see them play again we might well have forgotten how much we love it.

The 2009/10 season, as we all know, ended with a loss to the Lakers in the WCF in which the Suns were thisclose to going to overtime with the series tied in game 5. 

What happened since then? Let's take a brief magical history tour and find out.

It was definitely a summer of uncertainty, but everything was gonna be sweet and dandy as long as our newfound genius Steve Kerr was still pulling the strings. Unfortunately, for reasons that will probably remain unknown forever, Uncle Steve bailed on us. One theory is that he bailed because of the inevitability of the next unfortunate event: Amare Stoudemire deciding to abandon the desert for his pursuit of (guaranteed, multi-) million dollar happiness. Many hearts of Suns fans were broken. Others were kind of tired of his bullshit by that time. Sarver was starting to look like a real boogeyman of an asshole owner.

In came three new faces. Hedo, the wild and crazy European party animal; Chilly, the fro-licious export from Greece (WTF?!); and Warrick, who seems like he should be really interesting but he isn't. I can't think of a song for him.

The season began and had dramatic ups and downs, but we still loved our Suns. At times it looked they were about to pull things together, other times they just looked like shitbags. All the while, our heroes Steve Nash and BAMF Hill played their asses almost completely off. Sometimes they got help, other times they didn't

Then the Orlando shake-up. In came three NEW amigos. With Gortat it was love at first sight. Pietrus played kind of crazy and had a terrible nickname. And then there was Vince, which resulted in the founding of the CTLVCOF. Things didn't go so great for a while after that. The low-point came in an embarrassing, nationally-televised blowout at home to the Knicks, which ruined the weekend of pretty much every Suns fan. 

Things got slightly better after that, but it never got great. The injury bug hit, and the SS Suns sank into the ocean. Things aren't looking so good these days; you don't need a weatherman to tell you that. And what of our embattled hero, Steve Nash? Is help on the way, or will he be left holding the bag? The braintrust is once again going to try and usher in a new era on the fly, without condemning the team to perennial lottery land. A message to them: Please get the hell out of the way if you can't change with the times

We'll try and stay positive here in Suns land. 2010/11 is done, we have to look ahead now. It could be a tough road ahead, but on the other hand, everything could end up being just fine. What the hell do we know?

Well that's all I got for now. It's gonna be a looooong summer, so let the rosterbation begin!

Happy hunting.


PHOENIX — Before the Suns took to the floor for a final time this season on Wednesday night, head coach Alvin Gentry joked that he’s been an interim coach before, he’s just never been one three...

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It's been an interesting week seeing Steve Nash slowly move closer and closer to giving a definitive answer. My sense is that he was waiting to have a chance to talk to the team before being super clear. Well, that meeting has happened and now Nash, Gentry and Lon Babby have spoken.

Phoenix Suns And Steve Nash Want To Remain Together, But Should They? - SB Nation Arizona

In Alvin Gentry's final press conference of the season, he didn't even wait to be asked about Nash. He walked to the podium, made a little joke, and then addressed the question before it was asked.

"Alright, what do you want to know? Yes, Steve's coming back so we'll put that to rest right away. He wants to be back and we want him back," Gentry opened.

Nash himself has been increasingly clear on the subject over the past few days. Every time he spoke this week his answers became more and more certain. After the final game on Wednesday, he was as definitive as he's ever been on wanting to return.

"This is my team. This is my home as a basketball player and I want to try and get back to the playoffs with this team and try and build this team into a contender again," Nash said in front of his locker after the Suns beat the Spurs to win their 40th and final game of the 2010-11 season.

"There's no guarantees. You can't just go out and say, 'Can you trade me to this team?' It's very abstract to think about what the alternative is but that's beside the point. I want to be part of this team and I want to try and take us back to the playoffs with these guys and hopefully be better next year."

"There's no change in our position about Steve Nash. He is the sun and the moon and the stars of this franchise. It was a disappointing year for us but it would be hard to say that he was disappointing. He led the league in assists and we see how we play with him and we see how we play without him. As I stand here today, I just can't imagine a scenario where he won't be back but there is honestly uncertainty about everything."

What do you think? Is it time to move on or should the Suns bring back Nash next season. He even said he wanted to stay two more years after the next one for a total of three more Nash years.

 

Here's Gentry's press conference. At least this first 5 minutes of the entire 30 minute discussion.

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