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April 8, 2014 Updates
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Suns guard Goran Dragic is a music video star. Klemen Slakonja, a Slovenian television star and comedian, made a music video in which he raps a song about Dragic to celebrate the Suns star's basketball achievements and Slovenian roots. "It's fun," Dragic said of the song, "Dragon, Dragone," a bilingual title for his nickname. "It's about my career and how I became the player I am now and how the fans back home love me. He's even in a suit like when I was a rookie singing on stage." Dragic had to sing "The Greatest American Hero" at a charity event as a rookie. This video, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has quite a bit more production value with shots around their hometown, including at the Dragon Bridge. Slakonja's provided translation said the last line means, "We feel pity for your opponents." Arizona Republic

April 3, 2014 Updates

Plenty of opposing players have had the misfortune of being dunked on by Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. From Brandon Knight to Timofey Mozgov, there are horror stories all over the league. But what happens when Griffin accidentally dunks on Jordan? They found out on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns when Griffin put back a missed Chris Paul jumper over Jordan’s head. For The Win

April 2, 2014 Updates

For one, Tucker knows he will be making much more money next season after playing on a veteran's minimum contract for the next two seasons. It also played his hand that he wants and expects to be back with the Suns next season despite becoming a restricted free agent in July. "Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun." Arizona Republic

"The love I have for this organization will always be," Tucker said. "They gave me a chance to prove myself and actually to prove that I'm a player in this league. It's almost emotional for me to think about everything I've been through and for them to give me an opportunity to do it. Not just to be on the team, but in two seasons, I've started a whole year and a half for the team on a minimum contract. That doesn't happen. "When I sit back and think about it, which I never do, it's too much. So I'll always be indebted." Arizona Republic

March 31, 2014 Updates

For the seventh time this month, the Suns gave up at least 50 points in the paint by allowing 56 to a team averaging 40.8. "I don't know if we had a single guy who came with the energy that they usually have," Hornacek said. "It's too late in the season to talk about lessons because we've had games like this before where they think they're just going to show up and win a game. We're not good enough to do that. These guys have been winning games lately because they've been focused in but tonight they just weren't focused in." Arizona Republic

March 29, 2014 Updates

Suns forward P.J. Tucker picked up a technical foul recently and joked that he wants the Suns to have it taken out of next year's salary. For one, Tucker knows he will be making much more money next season after playing on a veteran's minimum contract for the next two seasons. It also played his hand that he wants and expects to be back with the Suns next season despite becoming a restricted free agent in July. "Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun." Arizona Republic

March 27, 2014 Updates

Another first-year coach we've all heard of around here, former Cyclones star Jeff Hornacek, is getting $2 million from the Phoenix Suns. Des Moines Register

In between learning the NBA ropes as a rookie and working his way back from injuries to both feet, Len keeps close watch on the situation in Eastern Europe. Not that the 20-year-old has a full grasp on the dramatic conflict no matter the number of news sources he checks. "I don't really know. I watch Russian news, American news and Ukrainian news. Everybody says different things," Len said. "I'm not a politician. I just hope nobody gets hurt. Praying for peace, you know." He knew enough to bring his grandparents overseas to Phoenix. Other relatives remain behind in what is now Russian-occupied Crimea. CSNWashington.com

March 25, 2014 Updates

With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic's results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. "Sometimes, it is too many games," Dragic said. "I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I'm going to play or not. I'm thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season. Arizona Republic

"That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you're a star and now you don't want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don't know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I'm more on the plane than in my car." Arizona Republic

March 19, 2014 Updates

After all the point guard battles you’ve had, when the Suns traded for Eric Bledsoe, did you say to yourself, “Oh, man. Again?” Be honest. Goran Dragic: I’m always honest. When I found out, I was like, “Oh my god! What is going on right now?” I was never afraid of competition, but, of course, you start thinking: “What are they going to do now? Are they going to move me?” But I called my agent, and he said not to worry. And the GM and the coach — they called me the next day. Coach Jeff [Hornacek] explained to me that he wanted us to play together, and be like the old Suns with two point guards like Jeff and KJ (Kevin Johnson). When I found that out, I was kind of surprised. But at the same time, I couldn’t wait to share. We had some trouble at first, trying to figure out those things. But me and Eric — we are really good friends. We talk a lot. And you can see that in how we play. Grantland

March 16, 2014 Updates

Jeff Hornacek talked about making a push for the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the most rewarding part of his first season as a head coach in the NBA, and adjusting to having Eric Bledsoe back. HoopsAddict.com

While in Boston, Green was expected to make an immediate splash, but he clashed with coach Doc Rivers, who gave the high school product strong suggestions about how to play the game and carry himself. Those lessons did not always translate well. “Yeah, he was [tough on me], but if I knew then what I know now, the things that Doc was telling me were all the right things,” Green said. “He wasn’t telling me nothing that was incorrect. All Doc was trying to do was help me and I just didn’t understand the fact . . . I just didn’t know how to be a pro. When you’re coming from a situation where you’re the man and shooting 20 shots a game — in high school, I could sub myself in. I went from that to getting sent down to the D-League. It’s tough for a young kid to go through it. Boston Globe

“I was going from a very poor kid to paying all the bills. So, it was a big difference from all angles. I just didn’t know how to handle it. I wish I could turn back the hands of time but I kind of don’t because it wouldn’t have made me into what I am today.” Green remembers the disappointments during his Boston years and had a message for Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, who acquired him from Indiana and was the assistant GM in Boston during his tenure there. “I feel like I let him down the first time,” Green said of McDonough. “I didn’t want to do it again.” Boston Globe

March 14, 2014 Updates
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