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Craig Grialou

Suns’ Kendall Marshall progressing

December 18, 2012: Lindsey Hunter assesses the progress made by the 13th overall pick Suns rookie point guard Kendall Marshall is nearing the end of his assignment with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. He’ll play two more games (Wednesday, Thursday) before re-joining the Suns this weekend in Portland. Thus far, in seven […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ Gentry on latest lineup changes: It’s worked for us

December 16, 2012: Gentry likes Dudley at small forward, Beasley at power forward Head coach Alvin Gentry through the first eight weeks of the season has moved his players around as if they were pieces of a puzzle: What combination would fit together the best? He appears to have settled on one as the Suns […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns hope to ‘seize the moment’ on home stand

December 11, 2012: Dragic, Tucker expected to return vs. Memphis The place the Suns call home—US Airways Center, has hardly provided the home court advantage many teams, or at least many of the good teams, have in the NBA. There was the one possession loss on opening night versus Golden State, the overtime defeat at […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ Alvin Gentry focused on his team, not his future

December 11, 2012: Gentry’s job is safe through the end of the season Even before this new collection of players gathered for the first time back in September, the head coach made it clear this season was not going to be about him. Yes, Alvin Gentry is in the final year of his contract. But […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ off day becomes a work day

Gentry again hints at lineup, rotation changes Typically, the Suns do not practice after back-to-back games. However, there the team was Monday on the practice floor at US Airways Center for more than two hours, including a film session. “We just needed to work,” said head coach Alvin Gentry, who the night prior following the […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Darnell Dockett: I’ve got no issues with Kerry (Rhodes)

December 5, 2012: Dockett apologizes for incident at end of game Sunday Darnell Dockett is sorry. He is sorry for what happened between him and teammate Kerry Rhodes. “Me and Kerry had a very heated argument at a very heatful time in the game,” he said following practice Wednesday. “Some things (happened) between me and […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Cardinals’ Kerry Rhodes: We’re not perfect either

December 3, 2012: Defensive players insist no locker room discord No one would fault the Arizona Cardinals defense if there was some anger or resentment towards their counterparts on the other side of the football. The defense has done its job, for the most part. The offense — 95 total points (11.8 avg.) during the […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Cards’ Rich Ohrnberger moves from backup to starter

November 28, 2012: Cardinals start new center vs. Jets Rich Ohrnberger was the center of attention Wednesday, both literally and figuratively. The three-year veteran has played in all 11 games this season. This week, though, he slides into the starting center position after the season-ending knee injury to Lyle Sendlein. “I’m just going out there,” […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Cards’ Whiz: This is about winning

November 26, 2012: Cardinals head coach understands fans’ frustration Fifty-seven days have passed since the Cardinals last won a ballgame. Fifty-seven days. “I am pretty much lost for words now after seven weeks of saying the same thing.” That was Larry Fitzgerald Sunday. Monday, head coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged the mounting frustration, especially coming from […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Cards’ Campbell misses another game

November 25, 2012: Cardinals inactives Calais Campbell had hoped to be playing Sunday afternoon against St. Louis. Instead, he’ll miss his second straight game after suffering a calf injury during the teams’s bye week. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be back this week unless I have a setback,” he told reporters Monday. Campbell was limited all […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Gentry’s options with starting lineup

November 19, 2012: Gentry searching for right combination Suns head coach Alvin Gentry is doing his best political impersonation: He’s promising change. The question then becomes how much change. How much is Gentry willing to change his starting lineup? “We’ll probably will make one. Or two. Or three. I don’t know,” he said after practice […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ starting 5 to remain intact, for now

November 14, 2012: Suns end quick homestand with visit from Chicago Bulls It is early, yes, but if the trend continues then head coach Alvin Gentry may have no choice but to consider a change with his starting lineup. The Suns have trailed after the first quarter in each of their past three and four […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns seek balance for winning formula

November 13, 2012: Markieff Morris fills the stat sheet The Suns do not have a go-to scorer. What they do have, however, are a collection of scorers. The Suns are one of only two teams with at least five players averaging 12 points or more. “That’s what we have to do to win,” Jared Dudley […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Marcin Gortat’s shot blocking a surprise

November 9, 2012: Suns home after 1-2 road trip, host Cleveland Marcin Gortat is leading the NBA with 21 blocks. That’s the most by a Suns player through five games in franchise history, and the most in the league in a season’s first five games since Dwight Howard in 2008. “Honestly,” Gortat said, “I didn’t […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ Scola expanding shooting range

November 2, 2012: Suns play second straight home game to open season The Suns have always been known as a 3-point shooting team. Luis Scola, not so much. “I want to add 3-point shot to my game,” he said. “I feel confident the whole preseason. I just made one in preseason but I was feeling […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns notes: Roy Williams appearance, Frye shoots set shots

November 1, 2012: Scola, Tucker impress in their Suns’ debuts Suns rookie point guard Kendall Marshall was lifting weights Wednesday when he was told someone wanted to see him. That someone turned out to be his college head coach. Roy Williams, after a North Carolina practice, had flown out to watch Marshall’s NBA debut. “It […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns need a focused Michael Beasley to win games

November 1, 2012: Gentry: He’s got to be a star player for us Regardless of the name on the back of the uniform and how many zeros appear on the player’s paycheck, Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry has proven he will play the hot hand. Ask Amare Stoudemire. Ask Jason Richardson. And now, ask […]
10 years ago
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Craig Grialou

Goran Dragic now on point for Suns

October 31, 2012: Suns tip off regular season vs. Golden State For the first time in nine years, someone other than Steve Nash will be the Phoenix Suns’ starting point guard on Opening Night. Goran Dragic, after serving as Nash’s apprentice for two-and-a-half seasons, will replace the two-time MVP as the Suns usher in a […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns, Wes Johnson hope to continue relationship

October 30, 2012: Johnson to become free agent after ’13-’14 option declined It has been a three-month love affair between Wes Johnson, the Suns and the city of Phoenix since he was acquired this summer. “I got a good vibe when I came here, especially the style of play,” he said. “The staff and everybody […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns practice gets chippy day before season opener

October 30, 2012: Morris, Scola exchange pleasantries After more than two months together, including a week-long training camp in San Diego and eight preseason games, the Suns are ready to move on to the real thing. They’re ready for games to matter. They’re ready for games to count. They’re ready for the regular season, which […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Todd Heap misses sixth straight game

October 29, 2012: Cardinals inactives This cannot be the homecoming Todd Heap expected. A knee injury he suffered Week 2 at New England will keep him out for a sixth straight game, meaning the former Mountain View Toro and ASU Sun Devil has spent half of his Cardinals’ career on the inactive list. Heap has […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Cards’ Snyder misses game vs 49ers

October 29, 2012: Cardinals inactives Before signing with the Cardinals as a free agent this offseason, Adam Snyder spent his first seven years in the NFL in San Francisco. Snyder though will miss his first opportunity to play against his former team. He’s inactive tonight with a quadricep injury that limited him in practice all […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns to go with a 15-man roster

October 25, 2012: Suns add training camp invitees Garrett, Zeller to final roster The Suns are planning on opening the season with the league maximum of 15 players for the first time since 2005. When the roster is formally submitted to the NBA next week, it will include the names of Diante Garrett and Luke […]
10 years ago
Craig Grialou

Suns’ ‘really, really true fans’ attend open practice

October 20, 2012: Beasley, Brown impress during scrimmage There has been very little opportunity for Valley fans to catch a glimpse in-person of the new-look Phoenix Suns. Yes, the team has played four preseason games but only one of those has been at home. Saturday, another opportunity was presented. The Suns opened up US Airways […]
10 years ago