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2019 offseason Suns wing reset - May 24   (34:22)5-24-2019
We rank Josh Jackson, Kelly Oubre, Mikal Bridges and T.J. Warren in a very scientific way.
Monty Williams is introduced as Suns head coach - May 21   (34:36)5-21-2019
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman react to Monty Williams' introductory press conference as the Phoenix Suns head coach and look ahead to how GM James Jones must set him up for success this summer.
Josh Jackson's arrest, Darius Garland and PG trades - May 17   (41:04)5-17-2019
The Phoenix Suns' look at the point guard trade market, the candidates to be drafted No. 6 overall, including Darius Garland and Coby White, and touching on Josh Jackson's arrest.
What the 6th overall NBA Draft pick means for the Suns - May 14   (36:05)5-14-2019
The NBA Draft Lottery determined the Phoenix Suns will select sixth overall in 2019, leading to questions about what dominoes might fall before their  pick.
Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, an NBA Draft Lottery preview - May 8   (35:55)5-8-2019
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson debate the merits of Zion Williamson as the top pick and what to make of Ja Morant as the NBA Draft Lottery nears for the Phoenix Suns.
Suns avoided an L by hiring Monty Williams - May 3   (28:51)5-3-2019
Monty Williams is the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns, but a victory doesn't change anything. We need to see culture change before we believe it.
More on Kokoskov's firing, and breaking down the NBA Draft Lottery - April 29   (39:15)4-29-2019
We react to Suns GM James Jones' comments about firing Igor Kokoskov, look at how the NBA Draft Lottery could shape up around Ja Morant and more.
Of course the Suns fired Igor Kokoskov - April 23   (16:42)4-23-2019
The Phoenix Suns made another untimely decision to fire coach Igor Kokoskov. What's next as Monty Williams appears to be the team's favorite target?
Suns offseason lookahead Q&A - April 19   (00:17)4-19-2019
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson take questions to look at the free agency period ahead and the NBA Draft, starting with Zion Williamson.
Empire of the Suns' 2018-19 awards - April 15   (50:59)4-15-2019
To review the season, we made up our own list of awards to hand out to the 2018-19 Phoenix Suns.
Jeff Bower's reported hire, and another trying Suns season ends - April 10   (29:43)4-10-2019
The Phoenix Suns will reportedly hire Jeff Bower as senior VP of basketball ops. Plus, we wrap the 2018-19 season.
All of the Suns are injured - April 4   (41:30)4-4-2019
Devin Booker's season is over. He joins Tyler Johnson, Kelly Oubre Jr., and probably others on the sidelines for the Suns. So what's next in the GM search, the draft lottery and draft?
Devin Booker is good, and an early-tourney NBA Draft review   (42:16)3-28-2019
Devin Booker has scored 50-plus in two straight games. He is a good basketball man. Plus, we talk about the 2019 NBA Draft prospects playing in the NCAA Tournament's first two rounds.
An early look at the Suns' biggest offseason decisions   (41:51)3-20-2019
What will the Phoenix Suns do with Kelly Oubre Jr., plus wings Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren? And what about point guard?
Suns take down the Dubs   (23:42)3-11-2019
The Phoenix Suns continued their strong play with their first road win over a conference foe. And did we mention it was the Golden State Warriors?
Suns sweep the Bucks and Deandre Ayton takes over   (28:41)3-5-2019
Deandre Ayton led the Phoenix Suns past the Lakers and Bucks. Suddenly, goats defecating in former GM Ryan McDonough's office doesn't feel so bad.
Woj torches the Suns   (27:35)3-1-2019
The Suns lost 17 games in a row and after ending that skid spent Wednesday in damage control after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski torched them on air.
Can the Suns end a 15-game pre-All-Star break skid?   (32:13)2-20-2019
We discuss the post-All-Star break schedule for the Phoenix Suns, expectations and dip into some NBA Draft talk.
Suns trade Ryan Anderson for Tyler Johnson   (16:11)2-6-2019
Kellan and Kevin discuss the cap -- and on-court -- implications of the Phoenix Suns trading Ryan Anderson to the Miami Heat for Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington.
LaVar Ball breaks his silence & a Suns trade deadline preview   (37:40)2-5-2019
Reacting to LaVar Ball's appearances on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station, a look at point guard targets and the value of the Suns wings as the NBA trade deadline approaches.
Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball enter conversation of Suns' PG targets   (35:46)1-29-2019
Anthony Davis requesting a trade could change the Suns' PG options, as Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday could potentially be traded. Plus, we discuss free agents like D'Angelo Russell, Terry Rozier and draft prospect Ja Morant.
Dragan Bender's shot and Mike Conley's on the block   (31:21)1-23-2019
The Suns got two strong games out of Dragan Bender. Plus, should Phoenix be interested in Mike Conley, who the Grizzlies reportedly have on the trade block?
Suns fouling differential and T.J. Warren's dip   (38:20)1-18-2019
The Phoenix Suns' foul trouble and lack of drawing them blew up in their face against the Toronto Raptors. Plus, what is there to make of T.J. Warren as his numbers have fallen off of late?
2018-19 Suns midseason awards, Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes   (49:12)1-11-2019
We hand out our own 2018-19 mideason awards for the Phoenix Suns and go deep on promising signs from Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes.
Suns come back down to earth, Devin Booker on All-Star radar   (30:14)1-3-2019
The Suns followed a successful road trip with a rough (and challenging) start to a long homestand. Plus, Devin Booker is kinda, sorta on the NBA All-Star radar.
A successful East Coast road trip ends for Suns   (53:26)12-27-2018
What did we like and not like from the Suns' 3-2 road swing? Plus, a first look at Kellan's 2019 NBA Draft big board.
The Suns are on a 4-game winning streak   (34:18)12-21-2018
The Suns have ridden defense and efficiency on offense, and the Kelly Oubre trade appears to have only helped them find a menacing identity amid a four-game winning streak.
A special Brooks debacle edition: Suns trade Trevor Ariza   (50:10)12-15-2018
We try to make sense of the Suns' three-way trade that felt apart over Dillon and MarShon Brooks, and the agreed upon Trevor Ariza trade with the Wizards.
Robert Sarver, the Suns' arena situation and a win over the Mavs   (46:48)12-14-2018
The Phoenix Suns became a national storyline due to a later-corrected report on the delayed vote on the Talking Stick Resort Arena renovation. Plus, basketball stuff!
Concerns about Deandre Ayton reach peak after Kings game   (32:45)12-5-2018
Deandre Ayton's performance against the Kings hit a low point, raising concern among some Suns fans. Should they be worried?
Suns release Isaiah Canaan. Should they consider Markelle Fultz?   (42:45)11-29-2018
The Phoenix Suns waived Isaiah Canaan. Is there a ceiling to their Point Book lineup? And we talk the complicating factors in considering any Markelle Fultz trade with the 76ers.
Point Book, Wizards blow-ups and season takeaways   (44:12)11-20-2018
The Phoenix Suns have put together a string of strong outings, most recently going with Devin Booker at point guard. Plus, should the Suns be interested in Washington Wizards trade candidates Bradley Beal and Otto Porter?
Josh Jackson's struggles and up-and-down Suns   (38:37)11-16-2018
Josh Jackson has played well in two Phoenix Suns wins, but his role has been diminished by an improving Mikal Bridges.
Suns get booed, and Terry Rozier rumblings   (31:53)11-8-2018
Reacting to the Suns' boo-filled blowout against the Brooklyn Nets and how seriously to consider a potential Terry Rozier trade for Phoenix. Plus, how 'bout them Blue Devils, R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson?
Deandre Ayton starts fast, Suns vets cool off   (37:41)10-29-2018
Deandre Ayton has been one of few bright spots for the Phoenix Suns, who have lost five straight in blowouts since opening 2018-19 with a win.
T.J. Warren is hot, Suns defense is not   (37:57)10-23-2018
Two blowouts against the Nuggets and Warriors brought the Suns back down to earth after a surprise 2018-19 debut win.
To over-react or not over-react to the Suns' season opener   (36:38)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   (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   (35:41)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   (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   (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   (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   (32:56)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   (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   (35:54)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   (40:30)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   (37:52)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   (39:00)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   (34:11)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   (39:31)8-1-2018
Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson take questions about the Phoenix Suns.
Suns trade Jared Dudley, acquire Richaun Holmes   (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   (30:17)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   (36:33)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   (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   (27:50)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   (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   (36:08)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   (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   (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   (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   (35:11)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   (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?   (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   (28:03)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   (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   (40:00)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   (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   (20:55)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   (22:41)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   (25:52)5-7-2018
Pumping the brakes on the expectations for what should be a busy offseason for the Suns
Empire of the Suns   (19:21)5-2-2018
We react to the Phoenix Suns' hiring of Igor Kokoskov as head coach
Empire of the Suns   (19:08)4-20-2018
Mike Budenholzer is out of the running to be the next Suns coach. What comes next?
Empire of the Suns   (20:49)4-16-2018
The latest on the Suns' coaching search
Empire of the Suns   (28:26)4-12-2018
Mark Jackson, oh my! We compiled a list of the Phoenix Suns' head coaching candidates
Empire of the Suns   (54:16)4-6-2018
Reviewing the Suns' 2017-18 season, player by player.
Empire of the Suns   (44:56)4-1-2018
An NBA Draft Q&A, from Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, and beyond
Empire of the Suns   (46:12)3-23-2018
On the Suns' coaching search and an NCAA Tournament prospect breakdown
Empire of the Suns   (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   (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   (30:55)2-8-2018
Talking out the Suns' deadline trade with the Magic for Elfrid Payton
Empire of the Suns   (32:33)1-30-2018
A 2018 NBA Draft primer for the Phoenix Suns with special guest Cole Zwicker
Empire of the Suns   (22:07)1-29-2018
A season-defining run, Devin Booker at point and adjusting #TheTimeline
Empire of the Suns   (29:05)1-24-2018
Was Devin Booker snubbed in the All-Star game? Plus, the NBA trade deadline looms
Empire of the Suns   (27:20)1-15-2018
If Josh Jackson wasn't available, who would the Suns have drafted in 2017?
Empire of the Suns   (28:16)1-8-2018
The case for Devin Booker the All-Star, and Dragan Bender's rise
Empire of the Suns   (28:09)1-3-2018
Suns' Marquese Chriss may be putting it together, and Josh Jackson receives a DNP-CD
Empire of the Suns   (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   (24:45)12-18-2017
On the Booker-less Suns and a peek at prospect Trae Young
Empire of the Suns   (26:35)12-6-2017
Devin Booker's injury, Mike James' contract and Texas A&M Robert Williams