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The Suns get underway with media day, featuring Markieff Morris, and then head to a weeklong training camp in Flagstaff.


The long-time Suns point guard had already took the job with Golden State when he was approached by the Suns and the Lakers.

Steve Nash agreed to be part of the Golden State Warriors' staff on Thursday, as InsideBayArea reported it first, but on Saturday morning Marc J. Spears of Yahoo NBA tweeted that Nash was offered by both the Suns and Lakers before taking the job in Oakland.

Lakers & Suns also tried to hire ex-guard Steve Nash in a similar position before he joined Warriors as a consultant with friend Steve Kerr.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 26, 2015

Nash responded a little over two hours later, saying that Los Angeles and Phoenix only made him an offer after he had taken the position with the Warriors.

@SpearsNBAYahoo after I'd already agreed with the Warriors

— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) September 26, 2015

Spears would correct his report minutes later:

Correction per @SteveNash, after...

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 26, 2015

Before the new Phoenix Suns season starts with a flood of sound bytes on Media Day tomorrow, Dave cleans out his notebook of quotes from players, coaches and GM not yet printed.

It's been a long summer, Suns fans. We know it, the coaches know it, the players know it.

We are finally emerging from the eclipse and ready to start a new Phoenix Suns season on Monday with Media Day, followed immediately by the players heading up to Flagstaff for a week of training camp.

For the first time all summer, all contract players will be on hand and ready to make it right.

Before we start the fresh news cycle, let's take the time to clear out Dave's notebook of quotes that haven't been used yet. You may recognize some, but not most of them. They were given at various press conferences in July (Chandler, Knight) and at the jersey reveal in late August.

You've seen all the major quotes already. These are the leftovers that, when taken out of the fridge and reheated, still taste pretty darn good.

Coach Jeff Hornacek

On Chandler's talking: "Tyson's been the defensive anchor for all these teams that he's played on. Won a championship. He knows how to play the game. He knows how to protect his teammates. How to talk to his teammates. Our biggest problem probably last year (defensively) is we didn't have a lot of guys that talk. Tyson'll be the director back there. He'll tell our guys what defense we're in, what the rotation is."

On Chandler's influence: "He's just a veteran guy. You know, all the little things. He's seen everything. And that where's it really gonna be a big help for our team, to show these young guys different situations and be able to talk them through on the court. As coaches, we can do preparation. On the court, we can be yelling things out. But when the players and teammates are talking to each other on the court, that's what makes a team good."

On Alex Len: "Alex is a sponge. He wants to learn everything, that's why he's on Synergy all the time. That's why he's in the gym since the season ended working on his stuff. When he gets with Tyson, I think Alex is excited about it. He knows he can become better. He's 22 years old. All the little vet tricks that Tyson pulled on him over these last couple of years, Alex is gonna love learning."

Tyson Chandler

On whether he was disappointed the Suns didn't get Aldridge: "I wouldn't say disappointment. That's free agency. When I made my decision, I made my decision solely on myself and looking at the roster and seeing what I can do for this team and this organization. There wasn't much disappointment. I felt and understood what I can bring to this team, and I still believe it."

On the Suns roster construction: "With the way the west is moving. Very guard oriented. The pace of the game. Wings that are very aggressive and can score all over the floor. I felt like Phoenix has that, and has it in young guys, which I saw myself growing with. That was one of the main attractions. With the style of pace, and the way they play the game, I felt like I could come in and put those little things that were needed to get over the hump."

On Alex Len: "It's very exciting for me. Since day one, that's huge on my priority list, making (Len) the best player he can be and helping him along the way. We'll both benefit from it. I'll benefit from going against him every day in practice and vice versa."

GM Ryan McDonough

On team building: "We're bringing in some more veteran players, more talented veteran players to go with our young guys. And the model involves some veteran guys starting and playing the majority of the minutes and then the young guys learning from them. The thought process is as time goes on, you try to have a winning team every year, you try to get into the playoffs and try to compete for a championship every year. And then at some point, the older players their level falls off and they're not what they once were the young guys have developed and are ready to step right in. That's what the good teams and good organizations do."

On whether the on-court yelling at coach Hornacek played a part in the Marcus Morris trade: "I think it was a small factor, but I think that incident was made to be bigger than we thought it was. We thought it was a heat of the moment thing. You see it happen in football on the sideline. You see it happen in baseball in the dugout and you see it happen sometimes in basketball on the sideline. Those kind of things happen. So it wasn't that one incident. I feel bad for the twins, especially Markieff. I feel like a lot of the off court things, the technicals, the things with the refs last season really overshadowed his play. I thought he played very well for us."

On Markieff Morris: "He's a big part of our team, he had a terrific year last year. If he keeps doing what he's doing on the court, and tones down some of the things with the refs and off the court and all that, people will realize just how good of a player he is and how well-rounded he is. We think he'll be able to take his game to the next level."

Brandon Knight

On the ankle problems last spring: "I didn't think surgery was really an option (during the second half of the season). It just took longer to heal than usual. When I looked at the scans again, I realized it needed to be cleaned out for me to play the way I want to play."

On not playing the free agent market: "[The Suns] welcomed me with open arms, showed how much they wanted me. That's a big reason I wanted to commit so early in the process. I just really knew, after being here a couple of months, where my heart was at. I love everything. It kind of made my decision to get it done quickly a ‘no brainer'."

Two weeks ago, at the jersey reveal, on his ankle: "I feel some discomfort. All the motion isn't completely there yet. I got to work on it over the next couple weeks or so trying to get that back to normal."

Devin Booker

On who he was closest with at Kentucky: "My fellow freshman, Tyler Ulis."

On so many one-and-done Kentucky guards on the Suns roster: "It just happened that way. There's so much time difference between us, I didn't really know any of them. But just knowing that they went to Kentucky, knowing that they went through the same thing that you did, it helps out a lot."

On the goofiest guy on the team: "I'd have to say P.J."

The past of former Phoenix Sun and current Mayor of Sacramento just won't relent.

Former Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson maintained a picture-perfect public persona from his days of NBA stardom all the way to the mayor's house in his hometown of Sacramento, but there has been a disturbing number of skeletons rattling away in his closet behind the scenes.

The most notorious one of all has now gone public after 20 years.

Mandi Koba, previously only identified under the pseudonym of 'Kim Adams', granted Dave McKenna of Deadspin an interview and gave her side of the story.

To those familiar with the original report, first published by the Phoenix New Times in 1997, there aren't many surprises in the Deadspin article. Instead, it mainly served to clarify a few particulars, the most notable being her claim that Johnson paid her exactly $230,000 for her silence, which is the same number reported by the Sacramento Bee in 2008.

For Johnson, this brings an embarrassing allegation to light yet again, just when the public was beginning to recognize him for his involvement in keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

For the rest of us, this adds a new coat of paint to an old, depressing story. All parties involved did everything they could to keep NBA fans and Sacramento residents blissfully unaware of any of this, and they did a very efficient job if we're being honest here. The Phoenix Suns organization has never released a public comment on the matter, nor has Kevin Johnson.

It's as if it never happened.

Except now, the victim has a name. And a story to tell.

It would be much easier to dismiss Koba's allegations if it weren't for the uncomfortable fact that there exist multiple other charges that portray Kevin Johnson as the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing, using his status in his community as a means to get inappropriately close to women, be them underage or not.



And...another link.

I could segue into a subplot here about the dangers of romanticizing professional athletes and the role they play in society, but I prefer not to insult everyone's intelligence. If you're smart enough to operate a keyboard, by all measures you should be abundantly aware that basketball players are still nothing more than human beings.

Unfortunately, they weren't granted a supreme sense of morality just because they play for our favorite team.

What I really would like to say is, it sucks.

It sucks for a generation of Suns fans who grew up watching Kevin Johnson. It sucks because the proper narrative here should be whether Kevin Johnson is worthy of the Hall of Fame, not what his showertime policies are when it comes to underage girls. It sucks for our country's justice system, wherein even the more heinous accusations can be wished away with the power of a millionaire's checkbook.

Of course, none of that compares to the 20-year anguish of Mandi Koba, if one were to assume that her story is accurate.

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