Mark West Rumors
Having joined Jeff Hornacek’s staff when his former teammate was hired to coach the Suns in 2013, West was recently invited by Jim Pitman, the Mercury’s general manager, to spend some time with Griner, and as of this week has been filling Lange’s old role as Griner’s pre-practice workout partner. “I’m just trying to teach her some subtleties, because she’s already talented,” West said after one such session Thursday. “She’s had great success without me ever showing up in the gym, so I can just try to pass on some of the little tricks of the trade that I know from being around the game for a long time, and incorporate it with some of the things she already does.”
Suns alumni Alvan Adams, Dick Van Arsdale, Walter Davis, Eddie Johnson, Mark West, Tom Chambers, Tim Kempton and Steven Hunter will participate in the fashion show, as will Len and current Suns teammates Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin and P.J. Tucker. Al McCoy will be the event’s emcee with Suns entertainment including The Gorilla and Suns Dancers on hand. Uniform sales will begin during the show on site and online.
The Suns withdrew from contract talks to make Roy Rogers an assistant coach on Jeff Hornacek’s new staff. Veteran assistant coach Jerry Sichting is still expected to be on Hornacek’s coaching staff, along with Mark West moving from his role as vice president of player programs to the bench. The Suns will make two more assistant coach hires now that plans to bring in Rogers were not settled. No assistant coach hire has been formally announced.
Dumas said he lost all his NBA fortune on drugs, back taxes and a divorce but said he never played for riches. Today, he is trying to wipe the slate clean with basketball. He has started Richard Dumas and Friends Athletic Association, with the help of old friends for sponsors — Mark West and the Suns, Dan Majerle and his Majerle’s Sports Grill chain and Miller, who sells cars at Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Dumas and Friends organizes sports camps and clinics, including Dumas coaching. At 6 feet 7, Dumas’ frame begs the question about whether he played basketball — most do not recognize him from the best season in Suns history. “I used to, back when I was young,” Dumas tells them.