To fill the roster spots just vacated by bought-out Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, the New York Knicks signed a couple of recently available former Phoenix Suns.
After a couple of ten-day stints with the San Antonio Spurs ended ignominiously after Friday's loss to the Phoenix Suns, former Suns guard Shannon Brown has another chance at NBA basketball with the New York Knicks.
Per ESPN's Chris Broussard, the struggling Knicks signed both Brown and another former Suns Earl Clark to ten-day contracts yesterday in what a Suns fan might think is an attempt to collect as many available former Suns as possible. The Knicks already employ former Suns PF Amare Stoudemire, though at this point in his career they probably wish they didn't.
Other recent Suns have already been gobbled up by the Los Angeles Lakers, Wesley Johnson and Kendall Marshall, who already employed former Suns PG Steve Nash and coach Mike D'Antoni. Nash and coach D are getting closer and closer to the same distinction as Amare in NY.
That's seven former Suns on two big-market teams with a combined record of 40-74.
Too bad neither team has a roster spot for point guard Sebastian Telfair, who is eminently available as well. With gun charges upcoming for incumbent - and almost-Sun - Raymond Felton, the Knicks might just need a pure point guard more than anything.
For a big man, there are plenty of options. They could look to Hamed Haddadi for rebounding, or Luke Zeller - the best shooter in the world outside of games - for outside shooting to stretch a defense.
But who knows, this is the time of 10-day contracts. Keep your eyes peeled for more former Suns to get back on a basketball court near you.
So much podcast goodness just one click away... We talk a lot about this guy in the picture above for some reason. Is that Bones "Hakim" Warrick?
In this weeks podcast the boys discuss the Great Granger Gossip as Danny Granger is rumored to be on the Phoenix Suns radar, but also on the radar of about every contender that could use a wing scorer of his caliber.
Could the Suns use Granger?
Sure, he adds shooting and scoring to the bench, but he has also played less minutes in the last two seasons combined than the relic that is Nazr Mohammed. For you casual NBA fans Mohammed hung the first peach basket up for Dr. Naismith. True story. Oh, and do you know what Granger's nicknames are? He has a few and we talk about them.
We also dive into the final 25 games of the season, gave live updates to the Minnesota Timberwolves game, talked Star Wars, Netflix slogans, Breaking Bad, and answered YOUR Facebook questions.
Listen Here: Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode 52
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Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves (along with foul trouble to Goran Dragic) gave the Phoenix Suns a bad loss at home.
The Minnesota Timberwolves came to Phoenix beaten and battered. Missing Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic and currently sitting at 10th in the Western Conference, the Wolves are a team the playoff-hopeful Suns were expected to defeat at home.
Things didn't go according to plan.
The first quarter saw a lot of offense and very little defense, as both teams lit each other up at a high pace. Fortunately for the Suns, the defense improved after the first period and was able to keep the Wolves in check...until the fourth. Adding to their fourth quarter woes was foul trouble and minor injury concern to Goran Dragic, leading to a sputtering offense at the end of the game.
What do you get when you add up bad defense, foul trouble to Dragic, a dominating performance from Kevin Love, and a career night from a struggling rookie on the opposing team? A blown 10 point lead and a bad loss at home to a sub-.500 team: 110-101.
The main draw for this game was of course none other than
future Phoenix Suns power forward Minnesota's superstar, Kevin Love. After being held to just 15 points the last time these teams met, he came out of the gates strong by scoring 14 points in the first quarter and grabbing 5 rebounds, giving his team a 34-28 lead after one. His early performance no doubt left many Suns fans drooling over dreams of Love in a Phoenix jersey.
After giving up 34 points to Minnesota in the first quarter, the Suns' defense tightened up a bit in the second, allowing just 21. Archie Goodwin, who was the first sub off the bench for Phoenix in the first after Gerald Green picked up two quick fouls, put on a great performance tonight. His "drive to the rim at all costs" mentality paid off well for him and for Phoenix, resulting in 10 first half points for Archie, who basically swagged all over the court in the first half:
The Suns came out of halftime well and continued to play some strong defense. They held Kevin Love in check throughout the quarter and only surrendered 20 points. They also managed to score 24 in the quarter behind some stellar third-quarter play from Gerald Green. However, Phoenix didn't put as much distance between the Wolves and the as they would have liked to, and went into the fourth with a 6 point lead.
The Suns stretched their lead to 10 points at one point, but the Timberwolves hung around and made a push midway through the fourth quarter. Goran Dragic, who had been having a relatively quiet (but efficient) game, rolled his right ankle on a fastbreak dive at that point--the same ankle that has given him trouble a couple times this season.
The Suns and Wolves went back and fourth while Dragic received treatment in the locker room. After putting some tape on his ankle, The Dragon returned to the game and valiantly attempted to put the team on his back in a tight game. He hit two consecutive stepback jumpshots. Unfortunately, he missed his very next shot and was overly aggressive in fighting for the rebound, going over the back of Kevin Love. After a tough night of foul trouble--thanks to some quality defense and flopping from Ricky Rubio--Dragic earned his sixth and final foul and left the game.
At that point, the Suns led 95-92. They were outscored 18-6 the rest of the game, as they simply could not get their offense running without Dragic. Game over. Timberwolves win, 110-101.