The Phoenix Suns have been bitten a bit by the injury bug early in training camp. The first issue is with Shannon Brown, who, according to Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, will miss his second preseason game after suffering what some are calling "Halloween eye." As this photo from reporter Craig Grialou shows, Brown suffered a sizable laceration above his left eye after a collision with forward P.J. Tucker during practice.


The area is pretty swollen and would certainly make it hard for the young guard to play.

The other injury issue the Suns are dealing with is Sebastian Telfair's wrist. He managed to practice on Thursday, but he was held out of Wednesday's preseason game with the Kings as a precaution. Here is the latest from Phoenix:

#Suns Telfair practiced w/his left wrist taped; he was held out of last night's gm as a precaution, should play Friday vs. Blazers

— Craig Grialou (@Craig620) October 11, 2012

If you have any free views left to use at AZCentral.com (I have five for the month!), consider spending one on this breakdown of the individual performances from your Phoenix Suns during Wednesday's preseason opener. Here's how Mr. Paul Coro described the Suns defensive effort.

azcentral.com staff blogs - Coro's Orange Slices blog - PaulCoro - How Suns looked in a preseason opener
Many defensive issues popped out. Their rotations in pick-and-roll defense and out of traps were lacking. They broke down after loose-ball scrambles and allowed lane penetration on the dribble. The transition defense worsened as the game went on with players sometimes getting back but just to their men and not all the way to the paint.

You'll have to decide if reading the rest of this analysis (always good) is worth using up a remaining AZCentral view.


It's debatable how "historic" two buildings roughly 100 hundred years old might be, but there's clearly forces within the Phoenix community that want to save the St. James and Madison hotels. The two oldish buildings sit just west of the Suns home court and the team wants to turn them into a convenient location for valet parking.

In the middle of this classic duel between preservationists and those who seek progress sits one man, developer Michael Levine. According to a report from radio station KTAR, Levine has made a Solomon-like proposal to split the proverbial baby in two.

Developer offers Phoenix Suns compromise over site - Phoenix News - KTAR.com
"A cool approach would be to leave the back 20 feet of the building, and the front 45 feet of the building, and actually drive through the buildings," Levine said. "I think they would become architectural icons, and would become a destination for people coming to downtown."

To date, no response from Suns managing partner Robert Sarver has been reported.


The Suns and the city of Phoenix are currently repairing and improving US Airways Center, but the topic of a new arena has come up between the two sides.

The Phoenix Suns have obtained permits to possibly destroy two historic buildings near their the US Airways Center, and that raises questions about what the city and team are going to do about the 20-year-old arena.

The Suns and the city are currently investing $10 million in the US Airways Center for repairs and improvements, but time will come soon when the team will want a modern arena. With the typical life of an arena being 30 years, the Suns have been in discussions with the mayor's office on long-term goals and plans for updating the current arena or building an entirely new one, according to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal.

The two historical buildings would be demolished to make room for expanding parking. The structures were hotels that were built in 1909 and 1929, and are owned by the Suns. Interested parties in the downtown Warehouse District protest the demolition, and believe the historic buildings should be restored.

This post first appeared on SBNation.com.

Highlights from the Suns preseason loss to the Kings, 102-96.

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