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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2005 1:40 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The "sunburst" is back — at least for a few games. Tonight is the first of seven games in which the Suns will wear the throwback uniforms they had for 20 years (1973-92), featuring the western-style lettering on the tops and the familiar sunburst on the sides of the shorts.

There are differences. The modern-looking shorts still droop to the knees, instead of the tight, short shorts of the ’70s and ’80s. No word on whether the team will bring back the wild, candy cane-striped warmup pants they used to complete the ensemble way back when.

The Suns will also wear the uniforms Feb. 22 against Boston — fitting because that's what they wore against the Celtics, who never change their classic jersey, when the two teams met in the 1976 NBA Finals. The other games are March 3 (Orlando), March 9 (San Antonio), April 2 (at Detroit), April 16 (at the L.A. Lakers) and April 17 (New Orleans/Oklahoma City).

Attempts to talk Pat Burke into wearing a brown Afro wig in tribute to Dennis Awtrey have so far been unsuccessful. But if Hall of Famer and Knicks color man Walt Frazier gets wind that it's "Turn Back the Clock Night" in Arizona, we might be in for quite a fashion display.

One thing is certain. You won't see Suns coach Mike D'Antoni follow the lead of Denver coach George Karl, who wore a skin-tight throwback Nuggets jersey on the bench a few weeks ago and was panned by fashion critics everywhere. "And you won't see me in a leisure suit either," he said.


- Best wishes to Scottsdale team roper Jake Barnes who lost part of his right thumb Tuesday at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Barnes, who won many of his seven titles with longtime partner Clay O'Brien Cooper, was seeking his eighth at the age of 46.


- Golden State's Adonal Foyle recorded his 1,000th NBA blocked shot Wednesday against the Suns. It came a minute after his 5,000th blown layup.

Has there every been a bigger waste of $41.6 million than this guy? OK, OK, I mean, except for the new "Rocky" movie?


- Attention Detroit-area television cameramen, here's the scouting report on Kenny Rogers, who has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers. When attacking, he likes to go to his left.

- For all the money the Mets have spent to bring in the likes of Billy Wagner, Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Delgado, they still have plenty of holes — especially in starting pitching and middle relief.

- After all that scandal, all those poor decisions and losing 70,000-3 to Texas in the Big 12 championship game, coach Gary Barnett gets $3 million to walk away from the Colorado job?

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