Saturday’s Suns and Pacers game postponed

From the nba: NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Sat., Jan. 16 between the Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Suns, the team does not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with Saturday’s game against the Pacers.

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HOF Coach Paul Westphal dies at age 70

From nba.com official release: Hey, now you’re immortal,” Paul Westphal said in relating what someone told him when they learned he was going to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. “No,” Westphal said during his induction speech in September 2019, responding to the well-wisher, “immortality doesn’t come from basketball.” As we pause to remember Westphal, and share how saddened we are at his passing, we recognize how prophetically spot-on he was. “Westy” will not be immortalized for just playing basketball. He will be remembered for how he lived…

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Chris Paul is not in Phoenix just be a teacher

From Dave Brandt of the AP: PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul is a little uncomfortable with the notion that he comes to the Phoenix Suns as a wise veteran player who can impart his knowledge to the next generation of stars. Sure, he knows he’s in his mid-30s and time isn’t going backward. Yes, he’s ready to pair with Devin Booker, who just turned 24 and is one of the game’s top young scorers. And certainly, after 15 years, 1,020 regular-season games and 109 postseason games, he’s learned a few things…

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Suns reveal new “Valley” gamers in video

The transition from Adidas to Nike as the official game outfitter of the NBA has , thankfully , meant we are past that dreadful t-shirt jersey era. With Nike’s renowned creative and design prowess teams across the league are getting the Oregon Ducks treatment, with clubs having at their disposal an array of looks in which to take the court. Thursday the Phoenix Suns unveiled one of their latest jerseys, the “valley” in this video:

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Suns defeat depleted 76ers 130-117 for seventh straight win

While the Los Angeles teams have garnered most of the press since the NBA has resumed its season, there is another purple-clad Western Conference team that is really doing work down in the bubble. That team is the Phoenix Suns and they have not lost a game in the “bubble. Devin Booker lead the way with 35, Mikal Bridges added 24 , while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 16 points and 10 helpers. Phoenix came into resumption of the season 13th in the West. The current seven game winning streak…

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Draymond Green fined $50k for tampering

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was hit with a $50,000 fine for “tampering.” The cause of said fine stemmed from comments Green made on a recent appearance on Inside The NBA in regards to Devin Booker. Green would say of the budding young star, to “get my man out of Phoenix” and that his current locale “was not good for his career.” We have been rightfully critical of the NBA’s inconsistent enforcement of tampering rules but Green made it easy for the goofs at the League office by basically…

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Aron Baynes COVID-19 free and on his way to Orlando

The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania , Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes has been cleared from coronavirus will be en route to joining the team in Orlando. Last week Baynes stated he had previously tested positive for COVID-19, but he was hopeful on rejoining his comrades.

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Ricky Rubio back with team after previously testing positive for COVID-19

Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubin’s arrival in Orlando was delayed because of an earlier positive COVID-19 test. Rubio joined the team this week and practiced Tuesday but it is unclear if he will run in the team’s scrimmage on Thursday. “I just had two practices so I have to talk with strength coach, [Suns coach Monty Williams] and the whole team. I feel good but we have to be smart about it. It’s a preseason game. We have to figure out a plan that’s day by day. We can’t…

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Aron Baynes tests positive for COVID-19

Aron Baynes is the latest player to test positive for the coronavirus. The Phoenix Suns center confirmed to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, also telling him that he is optimistic on joining his teammates in Orlando but has not picked up a ball in over a month. Per the NBA’s protocols, once arriving in Orlando, players will have to remain in quarantine/isolated before two negative COVID-19 test over a period of more than 24 hours. Meaning Baynes could be weeks behind his teammates, in terms of being ready to…

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Kelly Oubre Jr. won’t play against Knicks

Phoenix Sunda small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. will not play in the team’s Thursday night game against the New York Knicks, according to Arizona Sports’ Kellan Olson. Oubre entered concussion protocol after sustaining this blow from the Hawks’ John Collins Tuesday. There is no timetable for Oubre to return as Olson also adds that “once a player is placed in concussion protocol, a player cannot return to the floor until he is without concussion-related symptoms at rest, has been evaluated by a physician, has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion…

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