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Dan Bickley

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, is double-teamed by Houston Rockets' PJ Tucker, r...
Dan Bickley

Trade No. 1 pick for Towns? The Suns have leverage, incentive and Booker

Trading the pick would pull the plug on this exhilarating experience. It would also eliminate the timeline and a playoff drought that’s lasted nearly a decade.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt heads to first on a bases-loaded walk that allowed John Ryan ...
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Change of fortune has Diamondbacks fighting for local attention

With the Cardinals drafting Josh Rosen and the Suns choosing between Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic after winning the lottery, it's the Diamondbacks fighting for attention in the market.
3 years ago
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, congratulates Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson after Tat...
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Suns change franchise’s narrative by winning NBA Draft Lottery

After winning the NBA Draft Lottery and coming away with the first overall pick, the Phoenix Suns now have an energy around the franchise that is undeniable.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) during a baseball game against the Washing...
Dan Bickley

Diamondbacks’ slump casts spotlight on a struggling Paul Goldschmidt

The Diamondbacks current slump is casting an unexpected spotlight on Paul Goldschmidt, who has shriveled from perennial MVP candidate to deer in headlights.
3 years ago
Fordham's Chase Edmonds #22 runs the ball up the field against Holy Cross during an NCAA college fo...
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Chase Edmonds’ chip on his shoulder makes him a great bet for Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals' fourth-round pick, Chase Edmonds, has a chip on his shoulder and that makes him a great bet for the Cardinals.
3 years ago
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James threatens Jordan’s legacy like never before in booming NBA

The NBA continues to grow and succeed as its biggest superstar since Michael Jordan threatens Jordan's legacy as the greatest of all time like never before.
3 years ago
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Dan Bickley

Cardinals’ quarterback dynamics offers potential for high drama

Kurt Warner offers insight into how the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback dynamics between the three newcomers should be -- and how it could go wrong.
3 years ago
Slovenia's coach Igor Kokoskov looks on during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship se...
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Despite hiring a very good coach in Kokoskov, Suns have more work to do

Dig deep, Suns fans. Strip away the suspicions and look at Igor Kokoskov for who he is, and not who will soon be signing his paychecks in Phoenix.
3 years ago
FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the wor...
Dan Bickley

Following latest remarks, would NBA ever silence Charles Barkley?

Charles Barkley's latest remarks about Warriors forward Draymond Green bring on the question of if the NBA would ever consider silencing one of the league's most popular voices.
3 years ago
The Arizona Cardinals introduce their first-round NFL football draft pick Josh Rosen, second from r...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals draft grade: ‘G’ for godsend

Bad luck can make a sports town crazy. Our relentless misfortune may have ended at the 2018 NFL draft, where the Cardinals earned the highest grade possible.
3 years ago
UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the A...
Dan Bickley

Call it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh Rosen

We should all credit general manager Steve Keim for hitting a home run by trading and picking Josh Rosen. Except that would be an understatement. He hit a grand slam. With the bases empty.
3 years ago
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Despite bumpy coaching search, Sarver can still fix image of Suns

Suns owner Robert Sarver needs to keep improving, understanding that his temperament, banker mentality and wild success in other industries haven’t always served him well in the NBA.
3 years ago
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Cardinals’ David Johnson ready to reclaim his future in 2018

On the surface, Johnson is the same as ever. But deep down, this is not about numbers. It’s reclaiming his future, jumpstarting his stalled status, exceeding expectations all over again.
3 years ago
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Pat Tillman’s great Valley legacy honored by Pat’s Run

Pat Tillman's legacy is one of our greatest gifts, who starred at Arizona State (No. 42), made an impact for the Cardinals (No. 40) and died on foreign soil from bullet wounds.
3 years ago
Arizona Cardinals NFL football team president Michael Bidwill, left, and head coach Steve Wilks wat...
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Easy April takeaways and predictions for Cardinals’ 2018 schedule

The 2018 Arizona Cardinals schedule is out and that means it's time for some takeaways and predictions in April that won't mean much in September.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) celebrates with teammates after pitching ...
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D-backs’ Patrick Corbin blossoming into one of baseball’s best storylines

After being mentioned in trade talks over the summer, lefty Patrick Corbin has looked like the Arizona Diamondbacks' true ace in 2018.
3 years ago
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Dan Bickley

My next chapter: Why I joined ArizonaSports.com

My column will no longer land on driveways, repurposed to wrap fish or line birdcages. It now appears exclusively at ArizonaSports.com liberated from print deadlines, paywalls and pop-up ads.
3 years ago
Dan Bickley bio
Dan Bickley is the most influential sports media member in Arizona sports history, having spent over 20 years as the award-winning lead sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and AZCentral.com and almost two decades as a Valley sports radio talk show host. In spring 2018, Bickley made the decision to leave the newspaper to join the Arizona Sports team as host of the entertaining and informative midday show Bickley and Marotta, as well as bring his opinionated and provocative column exclusively to ArizonaSports.com.
Bickley’s journalism career began in his hometown of Chicago, where he was part of a star-studded staff at the Chicago Sun-Times. He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He has won multiple awards, written two books, formed a rock band, fathered three children, and once turned down an offer to work at the New York Times.  His passions include sports, music, the alphabet, good beer and great radio. After joining Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he couldn’t be happier