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No head coach helped develop an efficient winning true team, with no star players, better than coach Jeff Hornacek. Unfortunately, most voters go by the coach who gets his team to the playoffs. Coach Hornacek had great teachers who understood fundamentals must be taught strictly and there is no “I” in TEAM. Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons and coach Jerry Sloan were Hornacek’s coaches and teachers. Hornacek was a terrific instinctual player once he learned his coaches’ teachings automatically. You could see his teachings were embraced by all of the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns. Truth is performance and no coach turned his team around faster than Hornacek. It was fun to watch and the young Suns players look like they were having fun.
I don’t usually write about sports, and you can all relax, because I’m not going to today.
Yasiel Puig’s first 60 games as a major leaguer have been very exciting. He’s hitting .370, driven in 27 runs in his first 250 at-bats and the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone from under .500 to a team on pace for 100-plus wins since he arrived in early June.
It’s been a tried-and-true formula for the Phoenix Suns of old: Look to a former NBA guard, preferably one with a Suns pedigree, and give him his shot to be a head coach. Use his offensive mind to steer an exciting brand of basketball and protect your home court enough to be a consistent playoff team.
It’s way too early. The National League West is way too talented. Summer in Arizona is way too long.
Fortunately, Kevin Kolb’s current injury doesn’t involve a concussion. The series of events over the last two months, however, are enough to make the Arizona Cardinals quarterback’s head hurt.
We’ve had athletes come to Arizona for the money when the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks were free-spending franchises bent on building fantasy teams.
The great quarterback debate rages on in Flagstaff. But it’s become plain enough already that if Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are going to need seven weeks and five preseason games to decide who will wind up behind center in September, the Arizona Cardinals better not count on either to lead them back to the playoffs.
So by now most of us in the Valley of the Sun are over being steamed — I’m talking about indoors — that point guard Steve Nash was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the locally hated Los Angeles Lakers for four high-up draft picks in the next three years.
The Los Angeles Kings are red hot. They are undefeated on the road in the playoffs. They have a world-class goalie to match Mike Smith and are the chic pick to win the Stanley Cup outside of New York.
Anybody who knows anything about the NBA knows darn good and well that you’re not a true superstar in the league until you (a) win a championship and (b) get at least one coach fired.
What a shame it would be that, in the rush to hustle Steve Nash out the US Airways Center doors and "give him a chance to chase a championship" while the Suns tend to the business of rebuilding, Phoenix fans wound up missing one of the best seasons crafted by the best player in franchise history.
PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Welts was 40,000 feet in the air on a flight two hours from New York when, as he put it, "my life was changing below me."
Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket is more than a bit daunting. So let's start at the top:
NEW YORK — Nike is set to air a TV commercial Wednesday featuring Tiger Woods and the voice of his late father, an edgy move that calls out his personal problems on the eve of his return to competitive golf.
ATLANTA — The camera lights fade, but there's no "off" switch for Charles Barkley on the set of TNT's "Inside the NBA."
In this photo taken on Feb. 4, 2010, "Inside the NBA" analyst Charles Barkley watches basketball games from the viewing room at TNT studios in Atlanta.
NEW YORK — Betty White plays football, babies talk about "milkaholics" and a house made of Bud Light cans falls slowly apart. It must be the Super Bowl — or at least the advertising showcase that entertains amid the gridiron action.
Derrick Rose scored 32 points and the Chicago Bulls shot 51 percent to win their fifth road game of the season, handing the Phoenix Suns only their fifth home loss with a 115-104 victory on Friday night.
Scott Bordow: I'll never forget the camaraderie, incredible experiences and you the readers after 26 years at the Tribune. I've been blessed.
NEW YORK — NBA great Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods changed his cell phone number the day after his car accident and is not talking to some of his famous friends.
Earlier this month, I went to Jerry Colangelo’s book signing in Phoenix. I always wanted to ask him a spiritual question on fate and destiny, knowing he and his family are religious and open to other faiths than their own.
There aren’t many people giving Arizona State a chance to beat the mighty Trojans this week. While USC already has two losses in conference play — including a blowout defeat at Oregon last week — the talent discrepancy between the two teams is wide.