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The Phoenix Suns got back after it on the practice court today after taking a day off on Tuesday and ahead of tomorrow's rematch with the Warriors (who play at home tonight against the
Jazz Nuggets, proving that the NBA schedule makers hate them more than they hate the Suns).
The big talk today was about the chance to get back to .500 with a win over Golden State on Thursday. Does it matter? Personally, I think it does.
Sure, it's just an artificial number but it's a pretty important dividing line between "really bad" and "better than average" in the minds of fans, media and yes, the players and coaches themselves.
Here's what the fellas had to say about that.
"What does that mean? If we were 2-2 would you guys be talking about being .500?" Gentry said before adding, "Obviously, we've got a mountain to climb to get into the playoffs."
Nash went big picture when asked about it and then brought it right back to the here and now. He's a whimsical thinker like that.
"I just think we haven't been a very good team this year for the most part. We're under .500 and every win we've had has been difficult. I feel like we're hopefully getting to a point now that we can gain some confidence and momentum and start to win at a clip that's over .500 and get ourselves in a good position here.
"I think that's a great first goal. Try to get to .500 and then try to stay there and then just try and keep improving. The process is to keep improving and hopefully the wins will come."
Channing Frye doesn't care about .500 all that much.
"It's just the next step. We're not throwing a party or anything. We should have been at .500 a long time ago."
And Grant Hill has never met a question that he can't answer in under three minutes.
"I don't know. It's been an interesting, difficult season at times. It seems that we've improved and are starting to play a lot better. We'll see, but I don't think it's a mental block or anything of that nature...We're not going to do fireworks (in the locker room) if we win tomorrow night."
Note the "..." that indicates numerous sentences I left out of Grant's response in the name of brevity.
Also note the fireworks in the locker room comment was a reference to New Year's Eve when Robert Sarver's kids lit off fireworks in the locker room after the Suns beat Detroit.
Fireworks? Did somebody say fireworks?
Other Fun Stuff They Said And So I Transcribed For Your Information And General Enjoyment And Pleasure
The full story has lots of other details including the Vince Carter - Steph Curry connection and Vince's plans to be a motivational speaker when his career is over.
I am not going to pretend to fully understand the power of The Force...or of the Star Wars movie franchise for that matter.
I do vividly remember standing in line in 1976 to see the original Star Wars at the old Cine Capri in Phoenix. It was hot. I was six. The movie was AWESOME.
I have no memory of when I saw Empire Strikes Back for the first time but you better believe I had plenty of action figures and my own Luke Skywalker laser pistol. In fact, I do remember being at my friend Harry's house playing Star Wars when we got the news that Elvis died. We didn't cry.
I absolutely remember riding my bike to the brand new Westridge Mall to see Return of the Jedi in 1983. I was 13 and rode the shit out of my bike which had over-sized saddle baskets for my paper route. I used my paper route money to buy Dungeons and Dragons stuff and Lego's. I was a geek.
Those three Star Wars movies were a big part of my childhood and yet, I didn't turn out to be a Star Wars fanatic like many of you who are much younger than me. Perhaps I don't have the right amount of midichlorians in my blood (geek cred!).
For those of you who are in fact Star Wars geeks and also Suns fans (of course you are), the folks at the Phoenix Suns have put together a very special night just for you.
Here's the details: The game is February 13 vs the Sacramento Kings so you are almost guaranteed to see a win. Right? If nothing else you are guaranteed to see this: Suns Dancers in Princess Leia costumes.
Note: One thing that you might not be able to read in that fine print that I want to make sure no one missed...
In-game Star Wars entertainment. Can you say Suns Dancers in Princess Leia costumes?
And as a special treat -- thanks to our friends at Suns.com -- we are giving away a Phoenix Suns Star Wars T-shirt to one lucky Bright Side of the Sun reader.
All you have to do to win this T-shirt is post a picture of you and/or your Star Wars stuff on our Facebook page.
The winner will be selected by me based on which picture I like the best (which is say it is completely arbitrary). I will then fire the T-shirt at the winner's home using a T-Shirt cannon designed by Imperial Forces to destroy entire planets. Or I might just mail it to you. This is open to all you, regardless of which planet you live on.