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December 10, 2014 Updates

The West is ridiculous. The East is … not as good. Do you think the NBA should look at somehow just seeding the teams 1-to-16 for the playoffs? Chris Bosh: I think the fans would enjoy it. Even in the All-Star Games, you just say, “Man, the West is stacked this year.” Damn near every year. I don’t know why that is. You can make up theories, but the West is stacked, both teamwise and talentwise. You got a guy like Goran Dragic — he makes third-team All-NBA, and he’s not an All-Star. The Suns won 48 games and don’t even make the playoffs. It doesn’t make any sense. Grantland

December 3, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

Several teams have informally pitched fixes. In an email exchange last week with Grantland, Mark Cuban conjured up a temporary plan that would shift Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, and Milwaukee to the West, with the three Texas teams and New Orleans moving to the East. Robert Sarver, the Suns owner, says he brought up the idea of abolishing conferences for at least the purposes of playoff seeding at the league’s board of governors meeting in October. The wound of having the 48-win Suns miss the playoffs last season is still fresh, but Sarver vows to keep poking at the issue regardless of his team’s fate going forward. “It needs to be looked at,” Sarver tells Grantland. “I’m getting closer to the point where I just think there needs to be a change. It is on the league’s radar screen now.” Grantland

November 30, 2014 Updates
November 26, 2014 Updates

“It's a tough situation,” Thomas said. “But you've just got to be ready for whatever circumstances coach puts you in. You gotta be ready when your name is called, but I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's tough. It's not what I expected,” Thomas continued. “But coach has a tough job. Putting all of us on the floor and trying to mix up the minutes, it's tough for him. So it's not just tough for us as players, we just gotta be ready when our name's called and just know, I mean, coach is trying to do what he thinks is best for the team to put us in a position to win. But the key word is it's a tough situation. For all of us.” CBSSports.com

Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek has used the three of them together when he's wanted to push the pace. Offensively, that's a lot to handle. The strategy has obvious defensive drawbacks, though, especially when the opponent has a post-up threat on the wing. Finding the proper balance has been tricky. “They're all used to having the ball in their hands quite a bit, and they're still trying to figure it out,” Hornacek said. “And so are we [the coaching staff]. It's not just those three guys — we have Gerald Green at the guard position also. And everyone goes, ‘Ehh, we can just slide him over to the 3 spot,' but then we have P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris.” CBSSports.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

This context might explain the combative opening to Friday's Suns-Sixers game. On Phoenix's first possession of the game, Bledsoe drove to the hoop after receiving a pass in transition. He was fouled hard by Nerlens Noel at the rim and fell to the floor. Bledsoe took offense and got in Noel's face, although things didn't escalate beyond a yelling match. Yahoo! Sports

November 24, 2014 Updates

Believe it or not, 2013-2014 Most Improved Player Goran did not ask the Suns’ front office to consider bringing his brother aboard. “To be honest I never mentioned my brother (to GM Ryan McDonough),” Goran said. “This summer when we played the World Cup, Ryan was in Barcelona and he called me. He wanted to take me to dinner and asked if I could bring my brother, so I didn’t know anything. I thought he was being polite. When we went to the restaurant he started asking questions to Zoran and I was like, what is going on? Then I heard all the rumors coming out on the internet, and I started thinking maybe this could happen.” Basketball Insiders

November 22, 2014 Updates

"I have a lot of respect for NBA players," Bledsoe said. "I was joking around. Obviously I went to Kentucky and then they played good." Bledsoe told reporters after the game he was informed prior to tip off that the tough treatment was coming, according to the Associated Press. Noel received his flagrant foul 1 just 30 seconds into the game when he slapped down hard on Bledsoe as he defended a driving attempt in the paint. Noel's swinging left hand appeared to make significant contact with Bledsoe's arms, and Bledsoe went crashing to the court. The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary" and it does not require an immediate ejection. Sports Illustrated

November 21, 2014 Updates

You got the contract you wanted. But was this the situation you wanted, in Phoenix? Eric Bledsoe: "I was glad to stay here. We had a great time last year. We were winning games. I felt great about this team and the organization. I was grateful and happy to be here. They signed some guys, but I never worried about that." SI.com: Would you have signed that qualifying offer? Eric Bledsoe: "I already signed it. I just didn’t send it." Sports Illustrated

Even the lowly Sixers? Former Kentucky player Eric Bledsoe, now starring for the Phoenix Suns, said on Sirius XM Radio that if there were a seven-game series between the two teams, “I would definitely take Kentucky. I think Philly would maybe probably get one game." But the Sixers’ Tony Wroten, who has been in the NBA since 2012, with Memphis and Philadelphia, told Philly reporters that there would be a different outcome. “They can’t beat us,’’ Wroten said, and then referring to Bledsoe, “He’s crazy.’’ NBC New York

November 20, 2014 Updates

"Caldwell-Pope got it and you know he doesn't have any heart, so we knew he was going to miss," Morris said. Van Gundy wasn't going to let such an insult slide. "I'm not quite sure - maybe he knows - I'm not quite sure what Markieff Morris has accomplished in the league that gets him to the point of mouthing off," Van Gundy said after today's practice. "I mean, I don't like the mouthing off anyway. "It seems to me you should at least participate in a playoff game before you do. But maybe not, maybe that's not the standard anymore." Detroit Free Press

 

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