Amaré Stoudemire has been named the NBA Western Conference player of the month for April, the second time a Suns player has captured the honor this season.
The Suns center/forward averaged 25.9 points on 55 percent shooting plus 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. By making eight free throws in the final game at Sacramento, Stoudemire finished with 583 free throws this season, breaking Connie Hawkins’ team record of 577.
Allen Iverson won the honor for the Eastern Conference.
Suns guard Steve Nash captured the Western Conference player of the month award for November.
Basketball legends Bill Russell, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Robert Parish and Dave Cowens are scheduled to be on hand at America West Arena today to take part in a Suns playoff tip-off party.
The former NBA greats will share their favorite playoff memories at the rally, which will be hosted by team broadcaster Al McCoy.
The rally starts at 11:45 a.m. on the plaza at First Street and Jefferson. Former Suns and other NBA greats, including Hall of Famer Hawkins, Jeff Hornacek, Mark West, Dick Van Arsdale and Lafayette "Fat" Lever, will be on hand to sign autographs.
For a $5 donation to charity, fans can have their picture taken with the Larry O’Brien trophy, which is presented each year to the NBA champions.
Food and beverages will be available.
A limited number of tickets are still available for Games 1 and 2 of the Memphis series. . . .
The Suns finalized their 12-man playoff roster. With only 12 players under contract there were no surprises.