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April 21, 2015 Updates

Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault following an incident on January 24 at a local recreation center. The Morris twins are among five men charged in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man at the Nin Mason Pulliam Recreation Center. Another of the men, Gerald Bowman, was a safety at USC who is preparing for this year's NFL draft. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. ESPN.com

The victim, Erik Hood, alleged that he attended a basketball tournament at the recreation center when he saw the Morris brother enter the gym with three other men, Bowman, Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez. After the game, police say Hood was confronted by Kane and struck from behind on the head by Melendez. Hood tried to run to his car but had been dazed by the initial blow to the head and fell to the ground, where he was then repeatedly punched and kicked by all five suspects. The assault was witnessed by a 27-year-old woman, who had attended the game with Hood. Hood was taken to the emergency room at Phoenix Baptist Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, bruises and abrasions. Hood told detectives that he has known the Morris brothers since they were in high school and that he mentored the brothers through college. The Morris twins denied to police that they were involved in the assault and that knew Hood. Police say that that Hood was assaulted for sending "an inappropriate text message" to the Morris brothers' mother some time before the incident. ESPN.com

April 19, 2015 Updates

Granger had an extensive conversation with former Suns player Grant Hill about what the Suns staff, led by head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson, did to help lengthen his career and those of Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal, Amar'e Stoudemire and Antonio McDyess. "They just take a different approach," Granger said. "They kind of break your body down into three stages and start from the bottom. They want you to get your base or your foundation a lot stronger than what it is. That's the preliminary phase before you even begin to think about strengthening. Get the right muscles firing. It's a different approach but it works. Working on my flexibility. Working on the mobility in my knee. Getting my certain muscles to activate and shut other ones off. It's a cool process, actually." Arizona Republic

He has a $2.1 million player option for next season to stay with Phoenix, where he and his family will live this summer so that he can continue working with the acclaimed "Training Staff Mafia." Granger, who turns 32 on Monday, undoubtedly will return to playing again. He wants to be in a different condition than what reduced him to 76 appearances over the past three seasons. The health issues focus on a left knee that underwent surgeries in 2013 and 2014. "I've only been here a month but I have felt a difference," Granger said. "I've been improving. I'll use the rest of the summer to keep improving. I think the guys have done a great job with correcting a lot of imbalances that I've had and I've played with for the last 10 or 11 years." Arizona Republic

Granger was a presence for the Suns late in the season, working out at the facilities, joining shootarounds, sitting on the bench for games and being a part of the locker room. "I saw a lot of positive things, honestly," Granger said. "The talent here is overwhelming." Arizona Republic

April 18, 2015 Updates

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight has had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. The Suns said Saturday that Dr. Richard Ferkel performed the surgery Friday in Los Angeles. USA Today Sports

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

 

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