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Time: 7 p.m. MST Radio: 620 KTAR A true first test should await the Phoenix Suns in Portland following their drubbing of Maccabi Haifa on Monday. Jeff Hornacek’s team faces the Trail Blazers on... [[ This is a content summary only...
Time: 7 p.m. MST Radio: 620 KTAR A true first test should await the Phoenix Suns in Portland following their drubbing of Maccabi Haifa on Monday. Jeff Hornacek’s team faces the Trail Blazers on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
about 2 hours ago
It's a tough proposition to get consumers to pay for something that was once free. To get them to do it with pride, even tougher. But that's exactly what the new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes did. For years, Coyotes fans attended games ...
It's a tough proposition to get consumers to pay for something that was once free. To get them to do it with pride, even tougher. But that's exactly what the new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes did. For years, Coyotes fans attended games with no obligation to pay for parking, a rare occurrence in professional sports. Now, a team that already struggles with attendance is asking fans to pay more out of pocket on game days.It's a risky move for a team whose top priority is to consistently bring more fans into the arena, but a move the new ownership group believes will be successful. "Our ownership group has done a tremendous amount of research on parking," said Rich Nairn, Coyotes vice president of communications. "The Coyotes were the last team in the NHL and the last team in professional sports to charge for parking...we don't anticipate any negative affect on attendance." Their theory was put to the test when Phoenix played its home opener on Thursday night against the New York Rangers. It passed with flying colors. The game was a sell-out with 17,125 fans in attendance, exactly 100 percent capacity. Parking lots were full and fans in attendance had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the new fees. "$10-$15 is a very small price to pay to have the team stay in town," Brad Denny said. One season ticket holder went as far as saying he "welcomed the fees." During a months-long lease battle between IceArizona and Glendale, the public heard parking fees were essential to the city and the team. A conditional out-clause option also became public knowledge during this time. If the team were to lose $50 million in its first five years, IceArizona can elect to opt-out of its 15-year lease deal with Glendale. Numerous fans felt paying parking fees was a way of doing their part to help the team stay in Arizona. "The fees were annoying, but if the alternative is (the team) not being here, I'll pay for parking every day," Justin Emerson said. Not all fans embraced the change. "It was pricey and we had quite a walk," Courtney Sasser said. "I have a handicap placard but I did not want to pay $25 (to park in front of the stadium)." Parking prices range from $10-$25 depending on when the pass is bought and the lot location. Those prices are comparable to the cost of parking at an Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns game. Time will tell if the fans continue to be magnanimous about the additional cost of attending Coyotes games and whether it will adversely affect attendance.
about 3 hours ago
Round and around we go as the wheel spun, stopped, and landed on Jacob Padilla to join the conversation breaking down the Phoenix Suns strengths and unique line-ups this season. As we saw in the pre-season tilt (scrimmage) with Maccabi ...
Round and around we go as the wheel spun, stopped, and landed on Jacob Padilla to join the conversation breaking down the Phoenix Suns strengths and unique line-ups this season. As we saw in the pre-season tilt (scrimmage) with Maccabi Haifa the Suns are going to small on the perimeter and potentially very big in the front-court. Is that the teams strength this year? Playing two one's, two five's, and then a rotating wing to break up the odd complexion of the roster? We mull that over with plenty of time to break down Doug McDermott and some college basketball. At about the 26 minute mark we ask the tough questions and project the Creighton star forward into the 2014 NBA Draft. Full Podcast Here: Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode 41 w/Jacob Padilla P.S. Who would you rather have: Shabazz Muhammad or Doug McDermott? We played Six Degrees of "Who would you rather have that led from Muhammad Kyle Korver... Yup, the conversation went that direction. Enjoy!
about 6 hours ago
USA TODAY Sports' Adi Joseph ranks the top 15 point guards in the NBA.
USA TODAY Sports' Adi Joseph ranks the top 15 point guards in the NBA.
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about 8 hours ago
Suns fans have arrived at a reflective place. They can respect a rebuilding project as long as the blueprint looks sound. Archie Goodwin is the symbol of a franchise that finally has some vision. He will flash jaw-dropping open-court ski...
Suns fans have arrived at a reflective place. They can respect a rebuilding project as long as the blueprint looks sound. Archie Goodwin is the symbol of a franchise that finally has some vision. He will flash jaw-dropping open-court skills one minute, an inconsistent shooting touch another. More than anything though, is the promise of greatness, an intriguing story line as the Suns play their second preseason game tonight against Portland.
about 20 hours ago
PHOENIX – One preseason game through what’s expected to become a trying season, the Phoenix Suns like their vision. The roster turnover from a year ago might not be an upgrade in talent, but... [[ This is a content summary only. V...
PHOENIX – One preseason game through what’s expected to become a trying season, the Phoenix Suns like their vision. The roster turnover from a year ago might not be an upgrade in talent, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
about 21 hours ago
Marcin Gortat is Already Mentoring the "Eastern Bloc"
Marcin Gortat is Already Mentoring the "Eastern Bloc"
about 21 hours ago
The shine of Eric Bledsoe's potential has been a flickering light for three NBA seasons -- and the flashes have kept coming since he began life as a Suns guard last week. Bledsoe made his US Airways Center debut Monday night in a preseas...
The shine of Eric Bledsoe's potential has been a flickering light for three NBA seasons -- and the flashes have kept coming since he began life as a Suns guard last week. Bledsoe made his US Airways Center debut Monday night in a preseason game against Maccabi Bazan Haifa after making his public debut in a Saturday intrasquad scrimmage in Flagstaff, where either Bledsoe or the altitude was breathtaking at times. He had the scrimmage highlights by penetrating twice to set up Miles Plumlee dunks with one on a slip pass and the other off a driving, underhand lob.
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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports This season is surely to be one of little to no expectations for the Phoenix Suns. While most believe they won’t make the playoffs, the team has used this offseason to the best of its ability in ter...
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports This season is surely to be one of little to no expectations for the Phoenix Suns. While most believe they won’t make the playoffs, the team has used this offseason to the best of its ability in terms of building for the future. New head coach Jeff Hornacek was hired as a guy who could handle building on a youth movement, and that’s what the goal in mind is for now. One of the pieces the Suns acquired over the summer was former Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe. Coming from a Clippers team loaded with veterans and plenty of depth, Bledsoe played on a relatively inconsistent basis. As a member of the Suns, that will change dramatically. Bledsoe is looking forward to this season like none before and has been using the great Grant Hill as a mentor to prepare. “The beauty is he’ll get an opportunity to show what he can really do,” Hill said according to AZCentral. “There was good and bad in playing behind Chris Paul. The good was he was going behind the best to see how he prepares, his mind-set and how he works. The tough part was not getting the consistent minutes. ‘Bled’ is going to show how good he is and what an asset he is in a lot of ways.” What better guy to be mentored by in the city of Phoenix than the well-liked and savvy Hill? Bledsoe knows how fortunate he is to have the opportunity and has used this transition to become more mature as a player and person overall. “As a young player, you want to play,” Bledsoe said. “I kept getting tired of the old saying, ‘Just wait your time.’ I know what they meant by it now. It was three years of it, and it definitely helped me mature a little bit.” Bledsoe will surprise some people this year who may not have seen him play all that much previously. The kid is good at literally every aspect of the game as a point guard. He blocked more shots than any other point guard in the NBA last season, and next to Russell Westbrook and Jrue Holiday had the most offensive rebounds out of all point guards as well. “I really didn’t get to play as much as I wanted to last year,” Bledsoe said. “People only saw me in spurts. They don’t see what happened in practice. I’m really looking forward to the season. I’m just looking to be better than I was last year and help my team by doing that.” “He’s just oozing with potential and talent,” Hill said. “He was one of, if not the, biggest surprises for me for just how good he was. I didn’t realize how talented he was to know how he could dominate at both ends of the game.” Like I said, the Suns probably won’t jump off the stat sheet every night, but Bledsoe will be one of them to do so individually. He could be in for an enormous season now having a huge role in the rotation. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Phoenix Suns: Marcin Gortat Fighting for Milk and Bread Phoenix Suns: 5 Players That Must Step Up in 2013-2014
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What happened was the closest thing to perfection that the Phoenix Suns may find during the 2013-2014 season.. That perfection came in the form of a 130-89 route of Israeli Premier League Champion Maccabi Haifa to kick-start the pre-seas...
What happened was the closest thing to perfection that the Phoenix Suns may find during the 2013-2014 season.. That perfection came in the form of a 130-89 route of Israeli Premier League Champion Maccabi Haifa to kick-start the pre-season. The game as a whole encapsulated all of the potential positives and the handicapping negatives that will be around all season. Before the game, when the starters were announced, Head Coach Jeff Hornacek referenced wanting a certain type of player on his team. The starters were pretty much what was expected with Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat getting the nod out of the gates, but the type of prospect that Hornacek seems to want is a pretty spot on description of one of the starters. The coaching staff is looking for a specific type of player this year. "The guys that might not be the most talented," Coach Hornacek elaborates on what he is looking for. "The guys that do what is asked defensively, offensively and don't over rotate. Guys that get back on defense. Guys that make extra passes. Those are the guys that us as coaches feel give us the best chance to win so that is what we are looking for." That is about as one the nose for a scouting report for players like Tucker as you are going to find. Having players like Tucker, Bledsoe, and Dragic on the perimeter allows for a quicker pace. A more high octane approach and when one of those three is on it with their energy, as we saw in this exhibition, the effects ripple throughout the roster giving this team a chip on their shoulder to create turnovers at a high rate. In this game the Suns forced 23 turnovers, netted 16 steals, and scored 43 points on the fast-break. They scored 35 points off of the Maccabi miscues in specific. Compare that to last season and all three of those would be season highs as the most steals (14, against Sacramento) and fast-break points (32, against Houston) were topped with this affair. Then again this was not against an NBA team. The Suns used their ability to create havoc in the back-court with Bledsoe spearheading the defensive break with Dragic and Tucker picking up the momentum to follow suit. In fact seven players registered at least one steal as the athletic cast of perimeter reserves like Shannon Brown (2), Archie Goodwin (1), Gerald Green (1), and Marcus Morris (1) all joined in the festivities creating turnovers and opportunities to score in transition. Effort is one thing that is hard to measure, but when someone like Bledsoe comes into the game with the type of energy and effort he plays with that is contagious. That energy can be shared with teammates. "That is how it always is," Bledsoe after the game on the contagious nature of energy and effort. "For me, I just try to energize everybody and everybody just fed off of what I did." Shooting can be contagious, selflessness can be contagious, and this type of defensive effort can be contagious as well. The tone was set early with Bledsoe and Tucker registering two steals a piece and jumping on Maccabi with a +16 advantage after the first quarter. AGAIN, WE CAN'T LET OUR GUYS FALL ASLEEP. WE PLAY PORTLAND NEXT GAME AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE MUCH DIFFERENT TO PLAY AGAINST. YOU HAVE TO PLAY A LITTLE MORE SOLID, BUT WE WANT TO STILL HAVE ACTIVE HANDS. -Coach Hornacek on competition levels and expectations These numbers and this effort is unrealistic to ask for not only against NBA caliber teams, but it is another thing to ask for it consistently against NBA caliber teams. It is one thing to create turnovers against Brian Randle, Moran Roth, and Maccabi Haifa. It is another thing to expect that nightly against the elite backcourts in the NBA featuring the best athletes for their position in the world. The backcourt trio the Suns started tonight, despite Coach Hornacek speaking to an open competition, will likely be the opening day group on the perimeter. Those three are going to create a l
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