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April 17, 2015 Updates

Twenty-two years later, Charles Barkley would like to clear his name of an infraction that even some of his teammates have thought he committed for all these many years. No, he didn't hang out with Michael Jordan too much during the 1993 playoffs, when Barkley's Suns lost to the Bulls in the only NBA Finals appearance of his Hall of Fame career. Asked about it on Thursday, Barkley revealed that the perception of his chumminess with Jordan during that series has always been false, rooted in a case of mistaken identity. “Michael and I laughed about that 10 years, 20 years later,” said Barkley, whose final NBA game came 15 years ago Sunday. “They say we played golf together everyday, and we never played golf. They said we had dinner together every night, and we never had dinner. So we always found it funny that people said we spent every night together. We never saw each other during the Finals.” Sporting News

Barkley can remember distinctly, he said, where the rumors about his time spent with Jordan began. He was sitting at home, watching television, when a broadcast from a news helicopter shoed Michael Jordan at a Phoenix-area golf course, playing a round. With him, the broadcast reported, was Barkley. The fact that he was golfing with Jordan, Barkley said, came as a surprise to him as he sat in his living room. “I guess Michael was playing golf somewhere and was playing with somebody who looked similar to me,” Barkley said, “and a helicopter flew over and said … that’s Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley playing golf. And to this day, every time I think about it, I just die laughing. They couldn’t get too low, but they had Michael Jordan and they said we were playing golf.” Sporting News

This summer, Granger, his wife and two kids will stay in the Valley where they are building a house. and he'll continue working with Suns athletic trainers. Granger, who turns 32 on Monday, is three years removed from being a perennial 20-points-per-game scorer, including a 2009 All-Star season. Arizona Republic

"I do want to come back," Green said. "I think they do want me back, too ... I just talked to Lon (Babby, president of basketball operations). It was a good conversation so I'm a little positive about that." Arizona Republic

April 15, 2015 Updates

For the second consecutive year, a point guard in his first season with the Suns was leaving US Airways Center after an injury-marred, non-playoff season and heading into restricted free agency. But Brandon Knight does not sound like he wants any part of the summer-long saga that teammate Eric Bledsoe had last year before agreeing to a deal in late September. Unlike Bledsoe's non-committal approach to free agency after last season ended, Knight expressed a desire to return to Phoenix on Wednesday when the Suns met as a team and had individual exit interviews with team brass. "If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here. I like the way I've been treated so far. Top-class organization. I'm looking forward to a future with the Suns." Arizona Republic

The Suns can match any offer sheet that Knight might sign with another team in July or offer him an additional year that no other team can do. "I enjoy my time here," Knight said. "I look forward to being here in the future and we'll see what happens this summer but I'm optimistic about returning next summer." Arizona Republic

Five in-season trades and 23 roster players were not in the plan. McDonough said the Suns' failure to take advantage of an easier early schedule set the path. By mid-December, the Suns were 12-14 with five home losses to teams now with losing records. "We've tried to do something that's not easy to do," McDonough said. "We tried to turn over the roster with talented, young players who have some potential but probably aren't ready to win yet at the highest levels. But we also tried to stay competitive in a brutal Western Conference. Usually, teams try to do one or the other. They load up on veteran guys and trade draft picks and go all in or they completely blow up and gut the team and try to acquire and play a bunch of young guys." Arizona Republic

The Suns exceeded expectations two seasons ago and failed to meet them this season. McDonough said the truth lies in between. "If we're realistic with ourselves, a lot of guys had career years last year," McDonough said. "For whatever reason, a lot of players who stayed or who left in free agency or who we traded weren't able to sustain that same level. We all share responsibility in how this season has gone. It's been a challenge. The team last year probably wasn't as good, in terms of potential, upside and growth to take it to the next level, as a lot of people thought. Where we are now, despite the struggles and factoring in injuries and youth, we're probably not as bad as people are making it out to be." Arizona Republic

April 14, 2015 Updates

Hornacek has an ideal relationship with the front office, regularly meeting after practices and games and sharing the same philosophies. It will be interesting to see whether management wants to pick up Hornacek's 2016-17 contract option year and can convince Managing Partner Robert Sarver to do so. It would show their belief in him before next season, his contract's last guaranteed year. Arizona Republic

April 13, 2015 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUNS HISTORY

The Phoenix Suns might be the best NBA franchise never to win a title. They came close a few times thanks to the two point guards that top this list.

   

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