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2007-08 Phoenix Suns season
Phoenix Suns
Conference Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1968
History Phoenix Suns
1968-present
Arena US Airways Center
City Phoenix, Arizona
Team colors Purple, Orange, White, and Gray
                   
Owner Robert Sarver
General manager Steve Kerr
Head coach Terry Porter
D-League affiliate Iowa Energy
Championships 0
Conference titles 2 (1976, 1993)
Division titles 6 (1981, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Official website suns.com

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Their home arena is the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007-08 Phoenix Suns season will be their 40th season in the NBA. Key dates prior to the start of the season: The 2007 NBA Draft took place in New York City, New York on June 28. ... Image File history File links Phoenix_Suns_logo. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. All five Pacific teams were in the division before the Blazers and Sonics went to the new Northwest Division. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Robert Sarver (born 1961 in Tucson, Arizona) is the current majority owner of the Phoenix Suns. ... Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr (born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Iowa Energy are a team of the NBA Development League. ... The 1975-76 NBA Season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1980-81 NBA Season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Professional sports began at North Panola High School in the early 1600s. ... This article is about the sport. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. All five Pacific teams were in the division before the Blazers and Sonics went to the new Northwest Division. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... NBA redirects here. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Modern buildings downtown The downtown of the city of Phoenix in the U.S. state of Arizona covers about two or three square miles, with axes running along Central Avenue and Washington/Jefferson Streets. ...


The Suns have been generally successful since they began play as an expansion team in 1968. In forty years of play they have posted seventeen fifty-win seasons, and made eight trips to the Western Conference Finals, advancing to the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993. Despite their successes they have yet to win an NBA title. An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... The 1968-69 NBA Season was the 23rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The 1976 NBA Finals was the championship round for the 1975-1976 NBA season. ... The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-1993 NBA season. ...

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Franchise history

The early years: a Tucson connection

Original Phoenix Suns Logo (1968-1992)

On January 22, 1968, the NBA awarded expansion franchises to an ownership group from Phoenix and one from Milwaukee. The primary investors in the Phoenix franchise at its inception had close ties to Tucson, Arizona's second largest city. They were: Image File history File links OldPhoenixSunsLogo. ... Image File history File links OldPhoenixSunsLogo. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... , Tucson (pronounced ) is the seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 miles (98 km) north of the U.S.-Mexico border. ...

  • Richard L. Bloch, investment broker/real estate developer and former Tucson resident (no relation to the Richard Bloch who was the co-founder of tax preparation provider H&R Block).
  • Karl Eller, owner of a major outdoor advertising company and one of the Phoenix area's most influential business leaders at that time. He was a former football player for The University of Arizona;
  • Donald Pitt, a Tucson-based attorney;
  • Don Diamond, Tucson-based real estate investor who eventually replaced Eller on the ownership managing team.

All four men were alumni of The University of Arizona. According to the history section of the Suns website, other investors in the Suns included Block's entertainment law firm Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, along with several of their prominent entertainer clients, including Andy Williams, Henry Mancini, Bobbie Gentry, Ed Ames and others. The original logo was designed by Stanley Fabe, owner of a Tucson printing company, for $200.[1] The new Suns ownership group hired former Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Colangelo to be general manager (he was 28 years of age when he took the position). The Suns began their time in Phoenix at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Colangelo in turn hired Johnny "Red" Kerr (as of this writing a broadcaster with the Bulls) to be the first head coach of the Suns. The Suns finished their first season with a humiliating 16-66 record. Kerr was forced to resign midway through the 1969-70 season, and Colangelo himself coached a few games. Cotton Fitzsimmons replaced Colangelo as Suns coach for the 1970-71 season. He took the team to their first winning season, with a final record of 48-34. Richard, and brother Henry, started H&R Block in 1955. ... H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) is the leading tax preparation company in the United States, and claims more than 22 million customers worldwide, with offices in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. ... Karl Eller is an Arizona business leader and nationally recognized entrepreneur. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Bobbie Gentry (b. ... Ed Ames (born Edmund Dantes Urick on July 9, 1927) is an American popular singer and actor. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Exterior of Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a 14,870-seat multi-purpose indoor arena in Phoenix, Arizona, located on the grounds of the Arizona State Fair. ... John G. “Red” Kerr (b. ... The 1969-70 NBA Season was the 24th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... The 1970-71 NBA Season was the 25th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Fitzsimmons would return to the head coaching job in the late 1980s; he would go on to be greatly loved by Suns fans, wildly popular (and successful) as a coach, broadcaster and executive with the Suns organization.


In the 1970s the Suns experienced mild success, combining the talents of such players as Dick Van Arsdale (The Original Sun), his twin brother Tom Van Arsdale, Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, Leonard "Truck" Robinson, Alvan Adams, and center Neal Walk. In 1976, the year the movie Rocky was released, the Suns proved to be a real-life basketball version of Rocky. They finished the season with 42 wins and 40 losses, but shockingly they beat the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the playoffs and went on to play the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, giving the Celtics a tough battle before falling in 6 games. Game 5 was a triple-overtime classic that is considered by many to be the greatest game in NBA history, with Suns forward Gar Heard hitting a buzzer beating rainbow jump shot ("The Shot") to send the contest into the third overtime at Boston Garden. [2] Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... Thomas Arthur (Tom) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Leonard Eugene Robinson (born October 4, 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida) was a Forward/Center for the Washington Bullets (1974-77), Atlanta Hawks (1977), New Orleans Jazz (1977-79), Phoenix Suns (1979-82) and New York Knickerbockers (1982-85). ... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ... Neal Walk (born July 29, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who played from 1969 to 1974 for the Phoenix Suns, was traded to the then New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz and subsequently traded to the New York Knicks, where he played for 2 seasons. ... For other uses, see Rocky (disambiguation). ... This article is about the sport. ... Robert Rocky Balboa, Sr. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ... Garfield (Gar) Heard, (born May 3, 1948 in Hogansville, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. ... Buzzer Beater ) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. ... Garfield (Gar) Heard, (born May 3, 1948 in Hogansville, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Currently, the Suns franchise owns the fourth-best all-time winning percentage among NBA teams (55.8 percent; all-time win-loss record listed below). They trail only the Los Angeles Lakers (.613), San Antonio Spurs (.595; not counting their win-loss percentage in the original ABA), and the Boston Celtics (.587) in win-loss percentage. The Suns are also the winningest franchise without an NBA championship, despite their two Finals appearances. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


Drug scandal; Colangelo takes control

In the late '70s and early '80s, the Suns enjoyed several successful seasons, making the playoffs for 8 seasons in a row. Problems arose however, on and off court, in the mid '80s. In 1987 the Maricopa County Attorney's Office indicted 13 people on drug-related charges, three of whom were active Suns players (James Edwards, Jay Humphries and Grant Gondrezick). These indictments were partially based on testimony from star player Walter Davis, who was given immunity. No defendants ever went to trial: two of the players went into a prosecution diversion program, while another received probation. Nevertheless, the scandal, although now perceived in many respects to be a witchhunt, tarnished the reputation of the franchise both nationally and within the community. The scandal did provide an opening for general manager Jerry Colangelo to lead a group that bought the team from its owners for $44 million, a record at that time. Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... James Franklin Buddha Edwards (born November 22, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional basketball player. ... John Jay Humphries (born October 17, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A 63 guard from the University of Colorado, Humphries was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1984 NBA Draft. ... Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... Immunity confers a status on a person or body that makes that person or body free from otherwise legal obligations such as, for example, liability for damages or punishment for criminal acts. ... A witch-hunt is a search for suspected witches; it is a type of moral panic. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ...


With a drug scandal and the loss of promising young center Nick Vanos, who was killed in the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 after taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the franchise was in turmoil on and off the court. The Suns' luck began to turn around in 1987, however, with the acquisition from the Cleveland Cavaliers of Kevin Johnson, Mark West, and Tyrone Corbin for popular power forward Larry Nance. In 1988, Tom Chambers came over from the Seattle SuperSonics as the first unrestricted free agent in NBA history, Jeff Hornacek a 1986 second round pick continued to develop, "Thunder" Dan Majerle was drafted with the 14th pick in the draft, which they obtained from Cleveland in the Kevin Johnson trade, and the team began a 13-year playoff streak. Kurt Rambis was added from the Charlotte Hornets in 1989, and the team (coached by Fitzsimmons), in a shocking upset, beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games that season before falling to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. In 1991, The Suns stormed to a 55-27 record, however they lost in the first round to the Utah Jazz 3-1. In 1992, the Suns cruised to a 53-29 record during the regular season. While having sent four players to the all-star game in the last two years (Chambers, Johnson, Hornacek and Majerle), the Suns were poised to make a serious run at the NBA Finals. They showed their poise by sweeping the San Antonio Spurs in 3 games in the first round of the 1992 NBA Playoffs. But once again the Suns fell in five games to the Trail Blazers in the conference semifinals, however the series was punctuated by an electrifying game 4, in which the Suns lost in double overtime 153-151 (the highest scoring game in NBA Playoff history to date). The Suns were yet again denied a shot at a title, but in subsequent seasons enjoyed even greater success than ever before. Nicolaas (Nick) Vanos (April 13, 1963 – August 16, 1987) was an American basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... !Italic text Northwest Airlines Flight 255 was a flight that originated in Saginaw, Michigans MBS International Airport and was scheduled to terminate at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, with intermediate stops at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan near Detroit and at Sky Harbor International... Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, also called Detroit Metro Airport, is an airport in Romulus, Michigan, near Detroit, Michigan. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960 in Petersburg, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player. ... Tyrone Kennedy Corbin (born December 31, 1962 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a former NBA forward who played from 1985 to 2000 for the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Larry Donnell Nance (b. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Jeffrey John Hornacek (IPA: ); (born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 1986–2000. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958 in Cupertino, California) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


1993 NBA Finals and "The Barkley era"

"Streaking Suns" Logo (1992-2000)

In 1992, the Suns moved into their new arena in downtown Phoenix, the America West Arena (now US Airways Center). The arena was not the only new arrival into Phoenix though, as flamboyant all-star power forward Charles Barkley was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry. Barkley would go on to win his first and only MVP his first year with Phoenix in 1993. US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Jeffrey John Hornacek (IPA: ); (born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 1986–2000. ... Andrew Lang (born June 28, 1966 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA, who played with the Phoenix Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks, mainly in the role of backup center. ... Timothy D. Perry (born June 4, 1965 in Freehold, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. Following a college career at Temple University, Perry was selected seventh overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1988 NBA Draft. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ...


In addition to Barkley, the Suns added some key players to their roster including former Boston Celtic Danny Ainge and drafted players in University of Arkansas center Oliver Miller and forward Richard Dumas (who was actually drafted in 1991 but was suspended for his rookie year for violating the NBA drug policy). The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, USA) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... The University of Arkansas is a public co-educational land-grant university. ... Oliver J. Miller (born April 6, 1970 in Fort Worth, Texas), known as (The) Big O, is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He is well-known for his large size (6-foot-9, over 300 pounds). ... Richard Wayne Dumas (born May 19, 1969 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball, whose NBA career was plagued by substance abuse. ...


Under rookie head coach Paul Westphal (a former Suns assistant and, as a player, member of the 1976 Suns squad that went to the NBA Finals), the Suns squad consisting mostly of Barkley, Majerle, Johnson and Ainge won 62 games that year. In the first round of the playoffs, they defeated the eighth-seeded Lakers, coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the five game series. The Suns went on to eliminate the Spurs and Sonics, advancing to the Finals for the second time in franchise history. They eventually lost to the Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. This series included a triple-overtime game (Game 3) that along with game 4 of the 1976 series are the only triple overtime games in the history of the NBA finals.[3][4] Approximately 300,000 fans braved the 105 degree heat to celebrate the memorable season in the streets of Phoenix.[5] Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players...


The Suns continued to be successful in the regular season, going 178-68 during the 1992-93, 1993-94, and 1994-95 seasons. They continued to bolster their roster adding players such as A.C. Green, Danny Manning, Wesley Person, Wayman Tisdale, and Elliot Perry. Despite a Pacific Division title in 1995, the Suns ended up being eliminated in consecutive Western Conference Semifinal rounds by the Houston Rockets.One of the big reasons the Suns lost to Houston in 1995 was the fact that Danny Manning injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament right before the All-Star Break. In both years the Suns led the series by two games at one point (2-0 in 1994, 3-1 in 1995) only to see the Rockets come back to win each series in seven games. The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ... Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Wesley Lavon Person (born March 28, 1971 in Crenshaw, Alabama) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. Selected by the Phoenix Suns 23rd overall in the 1994 NBA Draft out of Auburn University, he played three seasons for the Suns, five for the Cleveland Cavaliers, 82 games over two... Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (born June 9, 1964, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and now a jazz bass guitarist and a member of the Oklahoma Tourism Board. ... Elliot Lamonte Perry (born March 28, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. The 60 point guard from the University of Memphis was selected with the tenth pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1991... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. ...


At the end of the 1994-95 season, Phoenix Suns general manager, Bryan Colangelo (son of Jerry) initiated what proved to be a very costly trade, sending all star guard/forward Dan Majerle and a first round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for John "Hot Rod" Williams. Majerle was a favorite amongst the fans in Phoenix as well as the Suns locker room[6]. The trade was made to address the Suns' desperate need of a shot blocking center, but proved frustrating as Majerle's presence was sorely missed, and Williams's production never met expectations. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... John Hot Rod Williams (born August 9, 1962 in Sorrento, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA who had a 13-year career from 1986 to 1999. ...


The 1995-96 season turned into a very disappointing year for the Suns (despite drafting future All-Star Michael Finley) in which they posted a 41-41 record, and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs. It should be noted that Finley, the team's second-leading scorer, went down with an injury shortly before the start of the playoffs leaving Barkley as the Suns' only reliable option. Westphal was fired mid-way through the season and replaced once again by Fitzsimmons. A combination of front office unrest, along with the dwindling possibility of winning a championship lead to turmoil in Barkley's relationship with Jerry Colangelo who both spurned each other publicly. This led to Barkley being traded to Houston for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mark Bryant, and Chucky Brown, a the trade turned out be unproductive for either team. Although Barkley helped lead the Rockets to a 57-25 record and a trip the Western Conference Finals in 1997, that turned out to be the only time Houston advanced past the first during his time there, as age and declining physical ability quickly caught up with Barkley and an already aging Rockets team (Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kevin Willis). As for the Suns, three of the four players were not with the franchise just one year later, and furthermore the two most talented players (being Horry and Cassell) constantly clashed with the coach and seemed to be a negative influence in the locker room.[citation needed] (The feud between Barkley and Colangelo has since been repaired, and Barkley has appeared at a number of Suns home games in the years since.[citation needed] He was also present to see his number retired into the Suns "Ring Of Honor" in 2004.) The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who is currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Samuel James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland), commonly referred to as Sam Cassell, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Robert Keith Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Mark Craig Bryant (born April 25, 1965, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is an African-American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (21st overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. ... Clarence Chucky Brown (b. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ...


In the 1996 NBA Draft, the Suns used their 15th pick for guard Steve Nash, of Santa Clara University. Upon hearing the draft announcement, Suns fans booed in disapproval of the relatively unknown player (destined to win at least two Most Valuable Player awards with the Suns), due to the fact that he had not played in one of the major college conferences. [3] During his first two seasons in the NBA, he played a supporting role behind NBA star point guards Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson. On June 25, 1998, Nash was traded from the Suns to the Mavericks in exchange for Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wells, the draft rights to Pat Garrity, and a first-round draft pick which was later used to select Shawn Marion. The 1996 NBA Draft was the 54th draft in the National Basketball Association. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Santa Clara University is a private, co-educational Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California. ... NBA redirects here. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Patrick Joseph Garrity (born August 23, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Orlando Magic. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league due to his ability to play many positions. ...


1997-2004

After the Barkley trade, the Suns began the 1996-97 season miserably starting 0-13 which was a franchise record for the worst start. During the 13 game losing streak Fitzsimmons stepped down as coach and was replaced by former player Danny Ainge. The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ...


After an on the court altercation between Ainge and Horry, Horry was traded to the Lakers for former Sun and NBA all-star Cedric Ceballos. Cassell was later traded to Dallas for all-star guard Jason Kidd. With a mostly small lineup, the Suns put together an 11 game win streak that put them in the playoffs, in a series that almost upset the highly favored Sonics. Cedric Z. Ice Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. As a small forward, he played most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, later finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... The 1997 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1996-1997 season. ...


In the off-season prior to the 2000 NBA season the Suns traded for perennial All-Star Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway stirring a large amount of hype by creating the tandem of Kidd and Hardaway, which was called "Backcourt 2000."[citation needed] However, the combination of Hardaway and Kidd was never fully realized as Hardaway would miss a number of games during the middle of the 1999-2000 season and Kidd would break his ankle going into the playoffs just as Hardaway began his return to the court. As the Suns, now led by the returned Hardaway entered the 2000 playoffs, they shocked the favored San Antonio Spurs by ousting them from the playoffs 3-1 in the best of five series. However, even with the return of Kidd at Hardaway's side in the next round, the Suns fell to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in a 4-1 series. Anfernee Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American basketball player in the NBA for the New York Knicks. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999-2000 season. ...


The Suns continued to make the playoffs until the 2001-02 campaign, when they fell short for the first time in 14 years. That season marked the trade of Jason Kidd, partly due to a publicized domestic violence episode, to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury. Lottery-bound, however, the Suns were able to draft Amare Stoudemire. The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ... Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing point guard with the New York Knicks. ... Amaré Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ...


The 2002-03 campaign saw the emergence of Amaré Stoudemire a graduate from Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, Florida). He became the first ever high school player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 2002-03 season, during which the Suns posted a record of 44-38 and returned to the playoffs. The Suns were eliminated in the first round once again by the San Antonio Spurs, but only after a six game series with the eventual NBA champions. The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


In the 2003-04 season, the Suns found themselves out of the playoffs. The Suns made a blockbuster mid-season trade sending Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway to the New York Knicks. The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Knicks redirects here. ...


Steve Nash and the Run n' Gun era (2004-2008)

A home game against the Sacramento Kings in the 2006-07 NBA season.
A home game against the Sacramento Kings in the 2006-07 NBA season.

The beginning of 2004 saw the departure of the face of Suns management since the team's inception, when Jerry Colangelo announced that the Phoenix Suns were to be sold to an investment group headed by San Diego-based business executive (and Tucson native) Robert Sarver for $401 million. However, the 2004-05 season marked the Suns' return to the NBA's elite, with the Suns finishing with the best record in the NBA at 62-20, tying their franchise record that was set by the 1992-93 team. This feat was made possible by the off-season unrestricted FA signing of All-Star point guard Steve Nash from Dallas. Nash would go on to win the MVP award that season. Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion were named All-Stars this year and first year coach, Mike D'Antoni, was named NBA Coach of the Year. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Robert Sarver (born 1961 in Tucson, Arizona) is the current majority owner of the Phoenix Suns. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Amaré Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league due to his ability to play many positions. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...


In the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Phoenix was the first seed in the Western Conference, and because it owned the NBA's best record, it was guaranteed home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 and defeated the fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the second round 4-2, Steve Nash forcing Game 6 into OT with a 3-pointer in the dying seconds. In the Western Conference Finals, the Suns played the San Antonio Spurs who won the series 4-1, ending Phoenix's outstanding season, partly due to Joe Johnson missing the first two games of the series. Joe Johnson went on to start the remaining games where he averaged 40 minutes per game and 18.3 PPG. The Suns lost the first 2 at home, fell behind 3-0 in the series but escaped with a win in Game 4 at San Antonio 111-106 but were eliminated at home 101-95. Amare Stoudemire averaged a staggering 37.0 ppg, the highest ever by a player in their first Conference Finals.[citation needed] The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Amaré Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ...


The 2005-06 NBA season began negatively when Amare Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery in his knee on October 18, 2005. He missed all but three games that year. Along with that, promising shooting guard Joe Johnson demanded a trade to the Atlanta Hawks, in which the Suns got Boris Diaw along with two future first round picks. Other acquisitions this year included Raja Bell and Kurt Thomas. Despite the turnover in players, the Suns were once again able to win the Pacific going 54-28 and capturing the second seed in the Western Conference. Steve Nash was awarded his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the second point-guard (Magic Johnson was the first) to win the award multiple times. Also, Boris Diaw was named NBA Most Improved Player. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Left knee-joint from behind, showing interior ligaments. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named Joe Johnson, see Joe Johnson (disambiguation). ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeilles, France) is a French professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Raja Bell (born September 19, 1976) is a basketball shooting guard who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns, Bell is well known for his defense and 3 point shooting. ... Kurt Vincent Thomas (born October 4, 1972, in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. All five Pacific teams were in the division before the Blazers and Sonics went to the new Northwest Division. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeilles, France) is a French professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ...


The Suns began the 2006 Western Conference Playoffs as favorites against the Los Angeles Lakers. After winning Game 1 in Phoenix, they found themselves trailing in the series 3-1 after impressive performances by Laker shooting guard Kobe Bryant. However, the Suns went on to win three straight games. They won Game 5 easily at home. With 7:33 left in the game, Suns guard Raja Bell grabbed Kobe Bryant around the neck and threw him down as the Lakers star drove to the basket. Bell earned a technical foul, his second of the game, and an automatic ejection. The Suns took game Game 6 in OT, their first OT win all season despite 50 points from Bryant and Raja Bell out serving a one-game suspension (for a flagrant foul against Bryant in Game 5) with last second help from mid-season acquisition Tim Thomas. On their home court, the Suns won Game 7 121-90, eliminating the Lakers for the first time since 1993. The Suns became only the eighth team in NBA history to win a playoff series after being behind 3-1. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Timothy (Tim) Mark Thomas (born on February 26, 1977, in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers. ...


In the second round, the Suns faced the Los Angeles Clippers. The series was played closely, with both teams trading games on each others' courts. The series was 2-2 and The Suns faced a huge deficit in Game 5 but fought back and won in double OT and after a Game 6 loss finally won the series in the decisive seventh game on their home court at US Airways Center, winning by a margin of 20 with an NBA record 15 3-point FG's May 22, 2006. Clippers redirects here. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


They went on to play the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Underdogs this time, The Suns took Game 1 in Dallas by a single point and their May 30 victory in Game 4 marked the most wins thus far for the franchise in a Conference Finals series since the 1993 season. Many credit this success (despite losing Stoudemire) to the emergence of Diaw, Bell (out for two games of the series due to injury), and Barbosa as clutch playoff performers; and an overall team depth they did not possess at all last season. The Suns fought hard in Games 5 and 6 but clearly were no match as they were blown out by a combined 25 points and eliminated from the series on June 3, 2006 in Game 6. It was yet another disappointing end for the Suns. is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... -1... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 2006 off-season, the Suns signed Minnesota Timberwolves PG Marcus Banks to a five-year contract worth $21.3 million. Also, the Suns signed G Leandro Barbosa to a five-year contract extension beginning in the 2007-08 season worth approximately $33 million. Boris Diaw was also extended to a five year deal worth approximately $45 million. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arthur Lemarcus Banks III, commonly known as Marcus Banks (born November 19, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada), is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA. On February 6, 2008 Banks and Shawn Marion would depart from the Phoenix Suns to the Miami... Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian professional basketball player, who plays at the guard position with the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. ... Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeilles, France) is a French professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ...


2006-present

Further information: 2006-07 Phoenix Suns season

The Phoenix Suns finished second in the Western Conference. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semi-Finals. The 2006-07 Phoenix Suns season started with the team trying to return to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated in six games by the Dallas Mavericks in the previous season, 2005-06. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ...


On June 6, former TNT analyst and NBA three-point specialist, Steve Kerr, was appointed Suns' General Manager and President of Basketball Operations. Kerr is close to team owner Robert Sarver, and is also a part of the Sarver-led investment group that purchased the franchise from Jerry Colangelo.[citation needed] is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr (born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Robert Sarver (born 1961 in Tucson, Arizona) is the current majority owner of the Phoenix Suns. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ...


On June 28, 2007, Spanish SG Rudy Fernández was taken 24th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Suns, who subsequently traded the rights to the pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash. SF Alando Tucker of Wisconsin was taken with the 29th pick. is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Rodolfo (Rudy) Fernández Farrés (born April 4, 1985 in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands) is a Spanish professional basketball player. ... The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Alando Forest Tucker (born February 11, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, taken with the 29th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. ... The Wisconsin Badgers mens basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. ...


On July 11, 2007, the Suns signed former Orlando Magic SF Grant Hill on a 1-year $1.8 million deal with a player option for a second season at $2 million. is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ...


On July 20, 2007, the Suns traded power forward/center Kurt Thomas and two future first-round picks (2008 and 2010) to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for a trade exception of $8 million and a conditional second-round pick. is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kurt Vincent Thomas (born October 4, 1972, in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


On August 27, 2007, Maryland guard D. J. Strawberry signed a two-year contract with the Suns that includes a guaranteed first year and a team option for the second season. Strawberry was drafted with the 59th selection in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft; in the 2007 NBA Summer League, he averaged a league-best 6.4 assists.[citation needed] is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Logo, featuring Testudo the Turtle. ... STRAWBERRY WILL BE MISSED BY THE TERPS! DJ YOU HELPED US OUT A LOT! Darryl Strawberry, Jr. ...


On October 1, 2007, the Suns signed free agent center Brian Skinner to a one-year deal. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Brian Skinner (born May 19, 1976 in Temple, Texas) is an American professional basketball player who currently is a free agent after recently playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. A 69, 265 lbs. ...


On February 6, 2008, the Suns traded four-time All-Star forward Shawn Marion, along with Marcus Banks, to the Miami Heat for Shaquille O'Neal. is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league due to his ability to play many positions. ... Arthur Lemarcus Banks III, commonly known as Marcus Banks (born November 19, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada), is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA. On February 6, 2008 Banks and Shawn Marion would depart from the Phoenix Suns to the Miami... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced ; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, rapper and actor. ...


On March 4th, 2008, the Suns signed guard Gordan Giricek. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Gordan Giricek (born June 20, 1977 in Zagreb) is a Croatian basketball player who currently plays in the NBA with the Utah Jazz. ...


On May 11th, 2008, after the Suns lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round of the 2008 Western Conference Playoffs, Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni signed with the New York Knicks, replacing ousted Head Coach Isiah Thomas, who went 56-108 in two seasons with the Knicks. May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ...


On June 9th, 2008, Terry Porter was named Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns, succeeding Mike D'Antoni. Porter was an Assistant Coach of the Detroit Pistons when he was let go after the Pistons were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, losing 4 games to 2 and Pistons Head Coach Flip Saunders was fired June 3rd, 2008. June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Flip Saunders Philip Flip Saunders (born February 23, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States [1]) is head coach of the NBAs Detroit Pistons and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Season-by-season records

Main article: Phoenix Suns seasons

Logos and uniforms

Logos

New "Rising Phoenix" logo, 2000-

For the 2000-01 season, the Phoenix Suns introduced three new logos. Two of these were merely updates to existing logos, modernizing the themes and adding the gray color. The logo pictured here incorporates the mythical phoenix bird into the existing Suns' theme. It illustrates the team's hometown by picturing the bird it was named after rising out a ball with an abbreviation for Phoenix. Of the team's three logos, this is the one that adorns the hardwood at center court. There is a media dispute over the usage of the logo, as many TV networks use the new one (right), but many video games and websites still use a secondary logo that had been the team's main logo of the 1990s. Image File history File links CurrentLogoSuns. ... Image File history File links CurrentLogoSuns. ... The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... For other mythic firebirds, see Fire bird (mythology). ... TV redirects here. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ...


Uniforms

Since the 2000-2001 season, the Suns have used the same white home and purple road uniforms. On October 20, 2003, an alternate uniform was introduced that was to be used at a minimum, five games a year. This orange uniform is used both at home and on the road and always used in selected consecutive games on the road and in the playoffs. It is the only uniform in the NBA that has an abbreviated version of the city name, PHX, across the front chest. For the 2006-2007 season the Suns removed the uniform number from the side of the shorts, replacing it with the same sun logo that is found on the other side.


Suns mascots

The Suns Gorilla

For the first eleven seasons of their existence in the NBA, the Suns had no official mascot. An early attempt was made involving a sunflower costume, but it never caught on[7]. In the winter of 1980, a singing telegram named Henry Rojas from Eastern Onion Telegram service was sent to the arena in a gorilla costume. Security saw him and suggested to him to stay for a while to entertain the fans during the breaks. He kept coming to games until officially invited to be the Suns' mascot. For other uses, see Sunflower (disambiguation). ... A singing telegram is a message, transmitted by telegram or otherwise, that is delivered by an artist in a musical form. ... For other uses, see Gorilla (disambiguation). ...


Since then, the gorilla, named Go, has been known for his slapstick humor during the games such as his routine push-ups and stadium stairs all to the sound of the Rocky Theme, and the fantastic dunks that are performed before each 4th quarter. Also, one of his more beloved skits was at a Knicks home game where he came out to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” wearing a hat, with several pieces of garbage stuck to his leg. Halfway through the song, a group of “muggers” attacked him, and he staggered off the court afterwards. The gorilla was honored in 2005 when he was selected to be one of three inaugural members of the Mascots Hall of Fame.[8] The New York Knicks (or New York Knickerbockers) are a National Basketball Association team based in New York, New York. ...


Hairy and Hairyson

In 2002, an inflatable gorilla named Hairy was introduced as a new Suns mascot. Standing at 9'1", Hairy entertains the crowd during breaks by dancing with Hairyson who was introduced in 2004 and stands at about half the size. [9]


Broadcasting

The first play by play announcer for the Suns was Bob Vache of KTAR radio, who died in an automobile accident midway through the 1969-70 season. Vache was replaced by the Suns' color commentator, Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley, who would later go on to be the longtime voice of the Utah Jazz. [1] Rodney Clark Hundley (born October 26, 1934 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and television broadcaster. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


Legendary broadcaster Al McCoy has covered the team ever since the 1971-72 season. McCoy has broadcast Suns games on radio for the 37th consecutive season on KTAR Phoenix (which has carried Suns games for 38 seasons) as of 2006-07. McCoy's unique, folksy style of calling the games, including his signature catchphrases such as "Shazam!" for a three-point shot, endeared him to thousands of Suns fans across Arizona, the Southwest, and nationwide. McCoy was honored in March of 2007 by the Suns, who named their soon-to-be renovated media center at US Airways Center in his honor [2]. McCoy was partnered for many years with legendary coach Cotton Fitzsimmons. In recent years, former NBA players Vinny Del Negro and Tim Kempton served as color commentators on the radio side, with Del Negro working most regular-season home games and all of the playoffs with McCoy (Del Negro subsequently accepted a position in the Suns' front office). Al Mccoy is a A native of Williams, Iowa 1958, McCoy originally worked play-by-play for the Triple-A Phoenix Giants baseball club McCoy also spent time as a DJ as one of the good guys on KRUX 1360 Joined the Suns family on September 27, 1972, Al McCoy... The 1971-72 NBA Season was the 26th season of the National Basketball Association. ... KTAR-AM is the callsign for the radio station licensed to 620 kHz in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Vincent Vinny Joseph Del Negro (born 9 August 1966) is a 64 former National Basketball Association player who was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. ... Tim Kempton (born January 25, 1964 in Jamaica, New York), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 6th round (124th overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft. ...


Until 2003-2004, Al McCoy's radio broadcast was simulcast on most television broadcasts. Former NBA on CBS broadcaster Gary Bender has handled the cable Fox Sports Net (FSN-Arizona) telecasts since the early 1990s that were not simulcast. Beginning with the 2003-04 season, Tom Leander assumed the reins on over-the-air TV; the games air on MyNetworkTV affiliate KUTP. Former Suns star Dan Majerle, a member of the team's Ring-of-Honor has served as a commentator on television broadcasts since 2004. He splits the color commentator duties with former Suns star Eddie Johnson. The NBA on CBS was a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on CBS Sports. ... Image:Garybenderheadshot. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MYN-TV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a division of News Corporation. ... KUTP is a My Network TV owned and operated station in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The word Suns could refer: Suns - a professional NBA basketball team Suns - a neo-Nazi organization This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Edward (Eddie) Arnet Johnson (born May 1, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent 17 seasons in the NBA. A sharpshooting 67 forward/guard, Johnson attended the University of Illinois before being selected by the Kansas City Kings in the 1981 NBA Draft. ...


The FSN Arizona broadcasts have been different from those of NBA teams on other affiliate networks, because the time-and-score graphic does not include an embedded shot clock. Instead, it has only been shown when the clock reaches eight seconds or less, is shown in large print, and is sponsored. Among the sponsors of the clock's appearances have been Henkel and the Arizona Department of Health Services (under the slogan "Inhale Life"). However, for the 2006-07 season, an embedded clock was added to the KUTP telecasts. On January 19, 2007, an embedded clock was part of the graphic during the FSN Arizona telecast of the team's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but the sponsored shot clock was still also on-screen when the time was expiring. It is unknown if the embedded clock was only a one-night change or will be a permanent feature of Suns broadcasts. The Shot Clock Monument in Syracuse, New York A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ... For other uses, see Henkel (disambiguation). ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


$150 or more are added to Phoenix Suns charities, as announced by the broadcasters, if a Suns player made a three-pointer in every Suns game.


Players

Main article: Phoenix Suns all-time roster

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise. ...

Phoenix Suns' All-Century Team

The Suns's All-Century Team was voted on by the fans:


FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ...

Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960 in Petersburg, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ...

40th Anniversary Team

The 40th Anniversary Suns Team – selected by the vote of the fans through the Internet - was unveiled on January 3, 2008, when the Suns defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 104-96, to celebrate the team's 40th season. The Suns' inaugural game in 1968 was against the Sonics. The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...

Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Walter Davis (born July 2, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is an African American athlete competing in the triple jump and occasionally in the long jump. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... This article is about the basketball player. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league due to his ability to play many positions. ... Amaré Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ...

Basketball Hall of Famers

While no player has yet won induction based solely or primarily upon his tenure with the Suns, two enshrinees spent significant parts of their careers with Phoenix: For Womens Basketball Hall of Fame, see Womens Basketball Hall of Fame. ...

One player, enshrined primarily based upon his service with another team, briefly wore the Suns uniform during the middle of his career: This article is about the basketball player. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...

One individual was enshrined based upon his service as a Suns coach, executive and owner: Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Members of Suns Ring of Honor

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Current roster

Phoenix Suns roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 10 Flag of Brazil Barbosa, Leandro 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Brazil
SG 19 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Florida International
F/C 3 Flag of France Diaw, Boris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) France
G/F 2 Flag of Croatia Giriček, Gordan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Croatia
SF 33 Flag of the United States Hill, Grant (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Duke
SF 43 Flag of the United States Johnson, Linton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tulane
F/C 4 Flag of New Zealand Marks, Sean 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) California
PG 13 Flag of Canada Nash, Steve (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Santa Clara
C 32 Flag of the United States O'Neal, Shaquille (C) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Louisiana State
G/F 52 Flag of the United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
F/C 54 Flag of the United States Skinner, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Baylor
F/C 1 Flag of the United States Stoudemire, Amare 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Cypress Creek HS (FL)*
G 8 Flag of the United States Strawberry, D.J. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Maryland
SF 29 Flag of the United States Tucker, Alando 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Wisconsin
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last change: 2008-06-20
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High points

Franchise leaders

* 150 games minimum

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Individual awards

All-NBA First Team
All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Third Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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See also

  • Curse of the Coin Flip, the explanation of an alleged curse on the Suns after they lost the opportunity to draft Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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References

General
Specific
  1. ^ The Suns Rise in Phoenix. Suns.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-09. Origin of the Logo
  2. ^ The Longest Day. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-09. Game 5 of 1976 NBA Finals
  3. ^ Paxson's Trey Propels Bulls into NBA history. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-18. 1993 NBA finals
  4. ^ Triple-OT Classic Highlights Boston's 13th Title. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-18. 1976 NBA Finals
  5. ^ The Good Ol' Days. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-18. Parade after the Finals
  6. ^ Dan Mejerle. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-18. Dan Majerle, fan favorite
  7. ^ The Gorilla. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-01. The Gorilla
  8. ^ Gorilla Inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-01. The Gorilla in the Hall
  9. ^ Hairy & Hairyson. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-01. Hairy & Hairyson

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Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise. ... Exterior of Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a 14,870-seat multi-purpose indoor arena in Phoenix, Arizona, located on the grounds of the Arizona State Fair. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The 1976 NBA Finals was the championship round for the 1975-1976 NBA season. ... Garfield (Gar) Heard, (born May 3, 1948 in Hogansville, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. ... The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-1993 NBA season. ... A sports-related curse is the effective action of some power or evil, that is used to explain the failures or misfortunes of specific sports teams, players, or even cities. ... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, USA) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian professional basketball player, who plays at the guard position with the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Raja Bell (born September 19, 1976) is a basketball shooting guard who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns, Bell is well known for his defense and 3 point shooting. ... Cedric Z. Ice Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. As a small forward, he played most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, later finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967, in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeilles, France) is a French professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Armen Louis Gilliam (born Armon Louis Gilliam on May 28, 1964, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player for the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association. ... Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Anfernee Deon Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American NBA basketball player specializing as a point guard and shooting guard. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Garfield (Gar) Heard, (born May 3, 1948 in Hogansville, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. ... Jeffrey John Hornacek (IPA: ); (born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 1986–2000. ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... Edward (Eddie) Arnet Johnson (born May 1, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent 17 seasons in the NBA. A sharpshooting 67 forward/guard, Johnson attended the University of Illinois before being selected by the Kansas City Kings in the 1981 NBA Draft. ... For other persons named Joe Johnson, see Joe Johnson (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing point guard with the New York Knicks. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league due to his ability to play many positions. ... Xavier Maurice McDaniel (born June 4, 1963 in Columbia, South Carolina), is a former NBA player who, at 6 7, played small forward for the Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and New Jersey Nets. ... Larry Donnell Nance (b. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Elliot Lamonte Perry (born March 28, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. The 60 point guard from the University of Memphis was selected with the tenth pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1991... Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958 in Cupertino, California) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Charles Thomas Scott (born December 15, 1948 in New York City, New York) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Paul Theron Silas (born July 12, 1943 in Prescott, Arizona) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Amaré Carsares Stoudemire[1] (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (born June 9, 1964, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and now a jazz bass guitarist and a member of the Oklahoma Tourism Board. ... Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... Thomas Arthur (Tom) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... Nicolaas (Nick) Vanos (April 13, 1963 – August 16, 1987) was an American basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Neal Walk (born July 29, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who played from 1969 to 1974 for the Phoenix Suns, was traded to the then New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz and subsequently traded to the New York Knicks, where he played for 2 seasons. ... Mark Andre West (born November 5, 1960 in Petersburg, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced ; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, rapper and actor. ... Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. ... Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Robert Sarver (born 1961 in Tucson, Arizona) is the current majority owner of the Phoenix Suns. ... Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr (born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Al Mccoy is a A native of Williams, Iowa 1958, McCoy originally worked play-by-play for the Triple-A Phoenix Giants baseball club McCoy also spent time as a DJ as one of the good guys on KRUX 1360 Joined the Suns family on September 27, 1972, Al McCoy... John G. “Red” Kerr (b. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... “VBK” redirects here. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... John Matthew MacLeod (born October 3, 1937 in New Albany, Indiana) is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current NBA executive. ... John Francis Wetzel (born October 22, 1944) in Waynesboro, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ... Lowell Fitzsimmons (October 7, 1931–July 24, 2004) was a native of Hannibal, Missouri who was a college and NBA basketball coach. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, USA) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Chicago Bulls. ... Franklin Lenard Johnson (born November 23, 1958 in Weirsdale, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The 1976 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1975-1976 season. ... The 1993 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1992-1993 season. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. 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The 2006-07 Phoenix Suns season started with the team trying to return to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated in six games by the Dallas Mavericks in the previous season, 2005-06. ... The 2007-08 Phoenix Suns season will be their 40th season in the NBA. Key dates prior to the start of the season: The 2007 NBA Draft took place in New York City, New York on June 28. ... The Albuquerque Thunderbirds is the name of an NBA Development League minor league basketball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... This article is about the sport. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... The Arizona League is a minor league baseball league that operates in Arizona. ... The Tempe Angels are a minor league baseball team located in the city of Tempe, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since the early 1990s. ... The Arizona League Athletics are a minor league baseball team in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Oakland Athletics since 1988. ... The Arizona League Brewers are a minor league baseball team in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2005. ... The Arizona League Cubs are a minor league baseball team in Mesa, Arizona. ... The Scottsdale Giants are a minor league baseball team in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the San Francisco Giants since 2005. ... The Arizona League Mariners are a minor league baseball team in Peoria, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Seattle Mariners since 2005. ... The Arizona League Padres are the rookie-level team of the San Diego Padres in the Arizona Rookie League. ... The Arizona League Rangers are a rookie-level minor league baseball team in Surprise, Arizona. ... The Arizona League Royals are a minor league baseball team in Surprise, Arizona, USA. They are a Class R team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Kansas City Royals since 2003. ... The Arizona Fall League is a minor league baseball league which operates during the Fall in Arizona at three spring training complexes. ... The Phoenix Desert Dogs are an Arizona Fall League baseball team located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Peoria Javelinas, established in 1992, are a winter minor league team who play in the Arizona Fall League. ... The Scottsdale Scorpions are an Arizona Fall League baseball team located in the affluent Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale. ... Class-Level Single-A to Triple-A Minor League affiliations Arizona Fall League East Division Major League affiliation Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Houston Astros Milwaukee Brewers St. ... Class-Level SIngle-A to Triple-A Minor League affiliations Arizona Fall League West Division Major League affiliation Detroit Tigers Florida Marlins Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies San Diego Padres Name Peoria Saguaros (199?-present) Mesa Saguaros (1994-199?) 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The International Basketball League is a U.S.-based professional basketball league featuring teams from the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Western Canada, and the Midwest. ... The Arizona Flame are an International Basketball League team. ... For information on the original American Basketball Association that existed from 1967 through 1976, see American Basketball Association. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1992 Home arena US Airways Center City, State Phoenix, Arizona Head Coach Gene Nudo ArenaBowl championships 2: 1994, 1997 Conference titles none Division titles 5: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 Wild Card berths 8: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arizona Rattlers... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. ... The ECHL is a professional minor-league double-A hockey association based in the United States and Canada. ... The Phoenix RoadRunners are an ECHL hockey team that began play in the 2005-2006 season in Phoenix, Arizona. ... This article is about the current CHL. For earlier leagues also called the Central Hockey League, see Central Hockey League (disambiguation). ... The Arizona Sundogs are a minor-league ice hockey team based in Prescott, Arizona that is slated to begin play in 2006. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... NLL redirects here. ... The Arizona Sting are a member of the National Lacrosse League. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... // Arizona State University has nine mens and eleven womens varsity teams competing in the NCAA Pacific Ten Conference. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Grand Canyon University (GCU) Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is private, accredited, Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. ...

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Phoenix is appropriately called Hoodzo (which translates to, "the place is hot," in the Navajo language) see the National Finals Rodeo and Fiinigis in the Western Apache language.
Today, Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the U.S., with a population of 1,321,045 (according to the 2000 U.S. Census); 2004 estimates of the population are approximately 1,418,041.
The Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is currently the fourteenth largest MSA of the United States, with a population of 3,251,876 (according to the 2000 U.S. Census); with a 2004 estimate of 3,790,000.
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In addition to Barkley, the Suns added some key players to their roster including former Boston Celtic Danny Ainge and drafted two young promising performers in University of Arkansas center Oliver Miller and forward Richard Dumas (who was actually drafted in 1991 but was suspended for his rookie year for violating the NBA drug policy).
At the end of the 1994-95 season, Phoenix Suns general manager, Bryan Colangelo (son of Jerry) initiated what proved to be a very costly trade, sending all star guard/forward Dan Majerle and a first round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for John "Hot Rod" Williams.
However, the 2004-05 season marked the Suns' return to the NBA's elite, with the Suns finishing with the best record in the NBA at 62-20, tying their franchise record that was set by the 1992-93 team.
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