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Phoenix Suns restricted free agent point guard Aaron Brooks, acquired in a trade deadline deal in exchange for fan favorite Goran Dragic and the Suns lower 1st round pick in the 2011 draft, expects to re-sign with the Suns, according to phone interview quotes from Hoops World.

Brooks struggled mightily as a Houston Rocket last season after badly spraining his ankle and losing his starting position. His play improved after the trade to Phoenix, but still left many Suns fans disappointed as he didn't provide the lift needed to get the team into the playoffs. The 2009-2010 NBA Most Improved Player averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists per game in his 25 games as a Sun.

There is no shortage of Brooks critics among Suns fans, but there aren't many viable options at backup point guard among the free agent pool. If Brooks returns, it will mean one less roster hole the Suns need to fill going forward.

Brooks' demeanor and attitude were questionable at the time of the trade since he sulked and complained after losing his starting job in Houston to Kyle Lowry, basically forcing the Rockets to trade him. His shoot-first mentality was also a little jarring for Suns fans used to seeing Steve Nash's uber-facilitating ways.

Still, Brooks did offer improvement from the erratic Dragic, posting better FG%, 3-pt%, FT%, points per 36 minutes and assists per 36 minutes, in addition to better on-court/off-court numbers.

Brooks had this to say to Hoops World about his time with Phoenix (full story can be found here):

"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 also expressed interest in and expectation of returning to Phoenix when NBA basketball resumes after the lockout:

"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."

And this Suns fan would love to have you back, Aaron. Just don't demand too big of a contract, OK?


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Phoenix Suns hire Elston Turner as new defensive assistant coach

Suns finally make their selection for "defensive coordinator" with the hiring of former Rockets and Kings assistant Elston Turner.

It shouldn't be too hard for him to bring about a little improvement for the Suns on that end of the floor.


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The NBA Lockout is all the rage but it's never too soon for the 2011 NBA Rookie Class to get over-hyped. Regardless of how bad this class is considered, one of them will win Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 NBA season (assuming there is a season). Favorites to win are the obvious top picks like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams but according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, Markieff Morris should at least be considered a dark horse.

The thinking from Pelton is that Markieff (aka Keef) is more NBA ready and will be an efficient scorer. It's worth noting that Pelton is an NBA stat geek so measuring value based on efficiency comes naturally to him. The rest of the basketball world, however, will stick to flashy points and rebounding totals which makes Morris an unlikely pick (Pelton did list him as a dark horse for a reason).

Las Vegas odds makers are skeptical as well but at least Markieff is on the list of possible Rookie of the Year possibilities. His odds are 18/1 compared to 15/1 for Marcus Morris and 9/2 for the favorite, Derrick Williams. 

If you believe in Markieff, you at least can put your money where your mouth is.

Source: NBA: Projecting rookie stat lines for Kyrie Irving, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker and other top picks - ESPN


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Jim Gray, the interviewer who tossed Lebron James softball questions during the infamous "The Decision" broadcast last summer, says he has no regrets at all about doing the one-hour ESPN special in which Lebron decided to "take his talents".....well everyone knows what happened that night. In fact, everyone remembers where they were that night. I was at a steakhouse that had happy hour all day, every day in San Antonio. I booed a little. I'm getting off track.

In Gray's only interview to date about "The Decision", he joined the Dan Patrick Show to candidly answer some questions about that infamous broadcast. One interesting thing he mentions is that the idea for the one-hour spectacle was originally his idea.

Read a transcript of Jim Gray's interview here, and join me after the jump for a couple questions of my own.

Mr. Gray, did you really think that the one-hour live broadcast was primarily just a way to "explain it all to the fans at one time where he is deciding to go?" If anything, this was a media event that was all about Lebron. 

Mr. Gray, are you really surprised at the fact that there was "so much" criticism in the wake of the TV special? I certainly wasn't too surprised by the jersey burning. I'd do the same thing if Jared Dudley left the Suns

What think ye of Jim Gray's LebronLove, Bright Siders?


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