6:31 PM EDT, Tue August 30, 2016

Veteran Leandro Barbosa has come a long way from his rookie self

Leadership, confidence, and championship mettle define his evolution through the years. At his introductory press conference back in July, Leandro Barbosa sat in front of the assembled media flanked by general manager Ryan McDonough and head coach Earl Watson. Nowhere to be found was the interpreter who followed Barbosa around when he first joined the team as a rookie back in 2003. Barbosa’s English has improved over the years to the point where he no longer feels the need for an interpreter (even though he still jokes about his mastery of the language), but that’s not all that has...

Suns teammates join Eric Bledsoe in Birmingham for celebrity game

Seriously, they had enough for a starting five. For the second consecutive year, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe hosted the Back to School Celebrity Weekend in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Teammates Alex Len, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight, and Archie Goodwin were in attendance at the event. On top of the celebrity basketball game, the weekend included a bowling night and a school supplies giveaway. This weekend Birmingham, al! Back to school.... #dntbescated A photo posted by Eric Bledsoe (@ebled2) on Aug 1, 2016 at 10:32am PDT Thanks to all the sponsors who help make...

Leandro Barbosa leads Brazil against Lithuania today

While the Chinese mens basketball team wonders why they really needed to waste two warm ups and a qualifier getting doubled up by the USA Mens team, there are many other countries all vying for a chance to get blown out by USA too. Two of those teams face off today, one of them headlined by the Suns’ ‘Meep Meep’ himself. Leandro Barbosa, the Brazilian Blur and former Sixth Man of the Year, leads Brazil against Lithuania in each team’s opening game in Group B. Who: Brazil vs. Lithuania Time: 10:15AM AZ Time TV: NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) LB gets the special honor of playing for the...

Seven Seconds or Less: A must read

The dog days of summer call for a nice book to be in hand, and boy do I have the perfect book for you. Like most NBA junkies, I listen to an assortment of NBA-centric podcasts, whisk hours away watching Dawkins highlights on YouTube, and may even occasionally find myself hooked on a book. A big part of elite fandom is devouring all of the content about your favorite/sport or team that you can, and boasting to your peers that you know more than they do. Oh, did you not listen to the most recent Dunc'd On podcast where they did a retrospective look at the Suns offseason? Bummer. I was...

BSOTS Summer Recaps: The Northwest Division

We check in on the Northwest, which apparently covers like 45% of the country. Summertime in the NBA is a season of hope, where even Sixers fans now have something to look forward to as they count down the days to opening night. Every team made changes and most changes look great on paper this time of year, before the actual product is revealed on the floor and the unexpected inevitably happens. Some can't-miss signings will indeed miss, and some players that are being completely overlooked at the moment will suddenly make a name for themselves. 2016 marked the first free agency of the...

The Phoenix Suns have two distinct teams, could go young or old with starting lineup

The Suns could go young, old or in-between with their starting lineup next year, but none of the options gets them a playoff spot. Coming into the 2016-17 season, the Phoenix Suns will be equipped to run in any direction they choose. They could try to fight for a playoff position with a veteran lineup, or they could boldly go young and let the wins and losses fall where they may. The front office, coaching staff and players are most certainly just as divided as the fans. Suns head coach Earl Watson has to balance the desires of his professional athletes and innate competitiveness to win...

Phoenix Suns gain one, lose one in 2016 NBPA Player Awards

The NBA Players have voted for the 2015-16 Player Awards, and the Suns actually showed up somewhere. The NBA Players Association has released its second annual list of award winners voted on by the players themselves. Almost none of them are Phoenix Suns, except one. And you might not have guessed which one that is. For decades the media has voted on post-season awards to give to players. Now, the players union has decided to enter to fray to share what the players themselves think about each other. We have seen some of that in recent seasons from NBA.com with rookies, front offices and...