PHOENIX — For a franchise nicknamed for one of the galaxy’s brighter stars, things sure went dark last season for the Suns.
In mid-May, Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and newly hired General Manager Ryan McDonough met with power forward Michael Beasley to lay out expectations for the summer.
PHOENIX - When Maryland center Alex Len took the NBA draft stage Thursday night as the Suns' No. 5 draft choice, it was not the first time the 20-year-old Ukrainian outshined Kentucky center Nerlens Noel at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
PHOENIX - The Suns gathered almost every morsel of information on tonight's NBA draft green-room attendees.
PHOENIX - On the night that the Phoenix Suns traded their first-round pick in 2006 for Boston to draft Rajon Rondo, managing partner Robert Sarver took the stage in the US Airways Center pavilion with Amare Stoudemire and said, "Here's our first-round pick for next year right here."
PHOENIX - Jeff Hornacek agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach and will sign the three-year contract by this morning.
SAN ANTONIO - It would be almost impossible to replicate the feeling the Phoenix Suns had when they last won at AT&T Center, exorcising demons with a 2010 playoff sweep of the despised San Antonio Spurs.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Phoenix Suns are going to activate twin powers after coming to a trade agreement Wednesday that will pair Markieff and Marcus Morris as teammates.
In Phoenix, the NBA season is now about rooting against the Lakers - so as to land a second lottery pick - and looking for morsels of improvement like the franchise saw nine years ago with Joe Johnson and Leandro Barbosa at the close of a 29-53 season.
DALLAS - Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said the goal for the remainder of the season is to improve with every game and every practice.
PHOENIX - The Suns have parted ways with coach Alvin Gentry after the team posted its worst record for the first half of a season in 25 years.
PHOENIX - Three months ago, Michael Beasley had the ball in his hands. It was his move to salvage his career's grand promise with the on-court role and the $18 million contract the Suns awarded him.
PHOENIX - After seven consecutive losses, any sort of triumph would have felt good to the Suns.
ORLANDO - A stumbling start, which careened into a face-first splat Sunday, goes in line with low expectations for the Phoenix Suns.
PHOENIX - The Suns and the players they acquired this offseason have a commonality: They have slipped.
PHOENIX - Suns forward Channing Frye never could have imagined life would pile any more on him after suffering a season-ending injury in April, undergoing shoulder surgery in May and enduring his 4-month-old daughter's two surgeries on each eye for cataracts.
TEMPE - In Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton's seven seasons as a Pittsburgh secondary coach, the Steelers faced this week's Cardinals opponent, New England, five times, and the results say nearly as much about quarterback Tom Brady as Horton does.
PHOENIX - The ending of a city's eight-year basketball love affair with Steve Nash came with the shocking sight of Nash dribbling off into the Los Angeles Lakers' arms.
PHOENIX - With five minutes left in the season, the Suns fans made known their stance about the night and perhaps the franchise's future.
SALT LAKE CITY - Tonight could have been a night that lit US Airways Center ablaze with desire for the Suns to play their way into the postseason with a win in the season's final game.
PHOENIX - Suns center Marcin Gortat prefers the nickname the "Polish Machine," given to him by his Polish coaches even though most fans here know him as the "Polish Hammer."
The Phoenix Suns had the Western Conference's best record for March and had the San Antonio Spurs on their home floor after a day off, but the Spurs still had the Suns right where they wanted them Tuesday night.
PHOENIX - Two years ago in late Januay, the Suns turned around
their season against the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
BOSTON - The Suns just needed to visit some NBA arenas where
league opponents can actually win or the tenants are playing bad
PHOENIX - San Antonio, Chicago, New York, Boston and Dallas.
NEW ORLEANS - The Suns still don't resemble their sharpshooting
ways of years past, but at least they looked like a winner again
PHOENIX - Philadelphia visits US Airways Center tonight. But
Philadelphia already arrived in Phoenix at the start of the
Steve Nash is frozen in body and thought near the US Airways
Center security office, a frigid section in the underbelly of his
basketball home for the past 7 1/2 years.
PHOENIX - The path to starting a Suns season with such little
optimism was set on July 2, 2010.
The Suns not only need to be in shape for a reconfigured
schedule that includes more game days than the combined number of
practice days, travel days and off-days. They need to be in better
shape than other teams.
PHOENIX - In the Suns' backyard, defense has been the spot where
little will grow.
PHOENIX - With lost games and a constricted time frame, no NBA
team was going to have an ideal schedule this season. Franchises
could share each other's misery about playing three games in three
nights and losing some gate attractions.
PHOENIX - When Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade come to an
NBA town, a ticket is as tough to get as a win.
PHOENIX - Steve Nash worked out at US Airways Center on
Diamondbacks left fielder Gerardo Parra said there is nothing
wrong mechanically in his swing.
SAN ANTONIO - Once what seemed impossible was eliminated, the
truth about the Phoenix Suns shone for all to see.
PHOENIX - Dallas might have just punched the lights out on the
PHOENIX - The Suns lost Mickael Pietrus to a quadriceps tendon
strain before Friday night's game, Vince Carter to illness during
the game and Marcin Gortat to a broken nose in the third
PHOENIX - The Suns and Orlando Magic could debate to some degree
about who got the best of their six-player December trade.
OKLAHOMA CITY - No solace.
PHOENIX - Suns forward Channing Frye hit his first eight shots -
including five three-pointers - and set a career high with 31
points in a 102-101 win over Utah on Tuesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Suns walked into a hornet's nest of emotion
in Utah and came away buzzing about another season-turning win.
The Suns' return to the .500 mark Thursday night for the first
time in 53 days was not the arrival at a destination for
OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State already is as good as it comes in
the NBA at shooting three-pointers and getting steals, and the Suns
supposedly were catching the Warriors at their best.
PHOENIX - The .500 mark is the shelf the Suns aren't quite tall
enough to reach yet.
PHOENIX - A year ago Friday night, the Suns had lost 18 of their
past 30 games, Amare Stoudemire's effort was being questioned by
teammates, and Jason Richardson had gone colder than the San
Francisco Peaks' wind.
PHILADELPHIA - The Suns had been lost at sea for months this
season when they finally looked like they had a hook into the big
catch - a winning streak large enough that it would feed a Suns
family with chemistry and confidence.
WASHINGTON - Halfway through the season's journey, the Suns are
starting to play like they know the way.
The bar for the title of Suns' best stretch of the season is
more suitable for hurdling than limbo. Every success has come with
a qualifier, but it seemed that the feeling from Wednesday night's
victory could have been different with a more-dominant Suns' effort
against an awful Cleveland te…
PHOENIX - The Suns losing has mangled minds and spiked