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To over-react or not over-react to the Suns' season opener   (00:36:37)10-18-2018
The Phoenix Suns opened the Igor Kokoskov era with a win over the Dallas Mavericks in the season opener thanks to big nights from Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and more.
Suns roster cuts, Jamal Crawford and an NBA preview   (00:52:26)10-16-2018
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson discuss the Suns' final roster moves, the signing of Jamal Crawford and touch on the rest of the NBA on opening night.
James Jones is introduced as interim GM of Suns   (00:35:40)10-12-2018
A Jamal Crawford sighting and a James Jones press conference confused us about what the Phoenix Suns' immediate direction. Plus a quick NBA 2018-19 season preview.
Reacting to the Suns' firing of GM Ryan McDonough   (00:31:21)10-8-2018
Shocking. Surprising. Warranted or not, the Phoenix Suns' firing of GM Ryan McDonough nine days before the season opener was baffling.
The good and bad of the Suns through two preseason games   (00:27:55)10-4-2018
Deandre Ayton has been as advertised. The lack of a point guard has, too for the Phoenix Suns through two preseason outings.
Suns training camp recap and preseason lookahead   (00:31:52)9-29-2018
Kellan Olson speaks on his takeaways from Phoenix Suns camp. We also touch on Phoenix's Jimmy Butler trade connections and the team's open scrimmage.
Reacting to 2018-19 Phoenix Suns media day   (00:32:55)9-24-2018
At media day, the Phoenix Suns talked point guard questions, wing options and the additions of Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson.
Devin Booker's hand injury + his SI ranking   (00:41:12)9-14-2018
We discuss the concerns over Devin Booker's hand injury and wonder why he keeps getting knocked so much in NBA player ranking pieces.
Steve Nash enters the HOF + a Suns Q&A   (00:35:53)9-7-2018
Steve Nash enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, plus we take questions from our Twitter followers.
Suns trade Knight, Chriss for Anderson and Melton   (00:40:29)8-31-2018
The Phoenix Suns' reported trade of Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton once again leads to more questions than answers.
Rankings the Suns' young core vs. the rest of the NBA   (00:37:51)8-24-2018
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson attempted to rank the Phoenix Suns' core against the other best under-24 groups in the NBA.
2014 NBA re-draft   (00:38:59)8-15-2018
The Suns picked T.J. Warren, Tyler Ennis and Bogdan Bogdanovic in what turned out to be a not-so-good NBA Draft class in 2014.
Suns put all their eggs in the draft basket   (00:34:10)8-10-2018
Catching up on summer news, 2018-19 Suns schedule and season projections. Plus, we discuss the Suns' roster approach as pressure mounts to win.
Empire of the Suns offseason Q&A   (00:39:30)8-1-2018
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson take questions about the Phoenix Suns.
Suns trade Jared Dudley, acquire Richaun Holmes   (00:31:28)7-24-2018
What do the Jared Dudley and Richaun Holmes trades mean? And will the Suns stand pat at point guard?
The danger in projecting the Suns' 2019 offseason   (00:30:16)7-16-2018
An up-and-down Summer League for the Phoenix Suns plus a loaded Western Conference puts the team in a difficult position.
Devin Booker's extension + Summer League   (00:36:32)7-10-2018
The Suns did the obvious and extended Devin Booker, plus Summer League thoughts with Kellan Olson from Las Vegas.
Suns Summer League preview + Brandon Knight's future   (00:26:25)7-5-2018
What are we watching for on the Phoenix Suns' Vegas Summer League team? Plus, touching on Brandon Knight's expectations.
Devin Booker's extension talks; Trevor Ariza agrees to deal with Suns   (00:27:49)7-2-2018
The Phoenix Suns will reportedly sign free agent Trevor Ariza. Plus, Devin Booker and the team talk extension.
Free agents targets the Suns might consider   (00:41:14)6-26-2018
The Phoenix Suns have ways to open up cap space. We discuss that and which high-profile players they might target in NBA free agency.
Taking in the Suns' draft after listening to McDonough, Ayton   (00:36:07)6-22-2018
After a breather from NBA Draft night, we react to the comments from Deandre Ayton and Ryan McDonough following Thursday and begin to look ahead.
Suns' NBA Draft haul includes Ayton, Bridges   (00:50:33)6-22-2018
The Phoenix Suns picked Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and George King in the 2018 NBA Draft.
It's NBA Draft time   (00:25:31)6-19-2018
Yeah, the Suns will probably take Deandre Ayton first overall. But what surprises lie ahead in the 2018 NBA Draft?
Veteran trade targets for the Suns on draft day   (00:28:17)6-14-2018
The No. 16 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft just might be able to help the Phoenix Suns land a vet like Alec Burks, Kenneth Faried or Jonathon Simmons.
Trade-up possibilities for the Suns' mid-first NBA Draft pick   (00:35:10)6-11-2018
Could the Phoenix Suns realistically trade up from their No. 16 overall spot in the 2018 NBA Draft?
Reacting to Deandre Ayton's Suns workout press conference   (00:18:21)6-6-2018
The Phoenix Suns worked out potential No. 1 NBA Draft pick Deandre Ayton, then held an unusually-presented media session afterward
What's there at No. 31 for the Suns ' NBA Draft?   (00:23:42)6-6-2018
There are a lot of perimeter players and not a lot of big men at No. 31 for the Phoenix Suns in this 2018 NBA Draft class.
NBA Draft prospects for the Suns at No. 16   (00:28:02)6-4-2018
Who will the Phoenix Suns be able to land with the No. 16 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft?
NBA Draft workouts, Ayton's defense and NBA Finals   (00:31:31)6-1-2018
We discuss who has been to pre-draft workouts for the Phoenix Suns, Sean Miller's quotes on Deandre Ayton's defense and our overall thoughts on Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Deandre Ayton vs. Luka Doncic   (00:39:59)5-29-2018
We go in depth on the ceiling and floor of each of Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic and how that impacts their outlooks in the 2018 NBA Draft
An NBA Draft Q&A   (00:28:04)5-24-2018
We asked Suns fans on Reddit to throw us some questions about the 2018 NBA Draft, where we hit on Deandre Ayton's defense, the No. 16 pick and more.
NBA Draft analyst Cole Zwicker   (00:20:54)5-21-2018
TheStepien.com NBA Draft analyst Cole Zwicker discusses the Deandre Ayton-Luka Doncic debate, plus options for the Phoenix Suns' other picks.
Empire of the Suns   (00:22:40)5-15-2018
The Phoenix Suns will pick No. 1 after the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, and now it's a matter of whether they favor Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic
Empire of the Suns   (00:25:51)5-7-2018
Pumping the brakes on the expectations for what should be a busy offseason for the Suns
Empire of the Suns   (00:19:20)5-2-2018
We react to the Phoenix Suns' hiring of Igor Kokoskov as head coach
Empire of the Suns   (00:19:07)4-20-2018
Mike Budenholzer is out of the running to be the next Suns coach. What comes next?
Empire of the Suns   (00:20:48)4-16-2018
The latest on the Suns' coaching search
Empire of the Suns   (00:28:25)4-12-2018
Mark Jackson, oh my! We compiled a list of the Phoenix Suns' head coaching candidates
Empire of the Suns   (00:54:15)4-6-2018
Reviewing the Suns' 2017-18 season, player by player.
Empire of the Suns   (00:44:55)4-1-2018
An NBA Draft Q&A, from Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, and beyond
Empire of the Suns   (00:46:12)3-23-2018
On the Suns' coaching search and an NCAA Tournament prospect breakdown
Empire of the Suns   (00:39:15)3-5-2018
The development of Josh Jackson, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender. Plus, NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton.
Empire of the Suns   (00:37:30)2-19-2018
All-Star weekend, Devin Booker's three-point contest win, Elfrid Payton's start and profiling Jaren Jackson.
Empire of the Suns   (00:30:55)2-8-2018
Talking out the Suns' deadline trade with the Magic for Elfrid Payton
Empire of the Suns   (00:32:33)1-30-2018
A 2018 NBA Draft primer for the Phoenix Suns with special guest Cole Zwicker
Empire of the Suns   (00:22:07)1-29-2018
A season-defining run, Devin Booker at point and adjusting #TheTimeline
Empire of the Suns   (00:29:05)1-24-2018
Was Devin Booker snubbed in the All-Star game? Plus, the NBA trade deadline looms
Empire of the Suns   (00:27:20)1-15-2018
If Josh Jackson wasn't available, who would the Suns have drafted in 2017?
Empire of the Suns   (00:28:16)1-8-2018
The case for Devin Booker the All-Star, and Dragan Bender's rise
Empire of the Suns   (00:28:09)1-3-2018
Suns' Marquese Chriss may be putting it together, and Josh Jackson receives a DNP-CD
Empire of the Suns   (00:33:34)12-28-2017
Is Jay Triano going to shed the interim label? Plus a look at prospect Mikal Bridges
Empire of the Suns   (00:24:45)12-18-2017
On the Booker-less Suns and a peek at prospect Trae Young
Empire of the Suns   (00:26:34)12-6-2017
Devin Booker's injury, Mike James' contract and Texas A&M Robert Williams