Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Suns’

Eric Bledsoe draws foul, gets ejected

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s something you don’t see every day. During last night’s Suns/Hawks game, Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe was leading a fast break when he got slowed down by a foul from Hawks big man Pero Antic. But then, before he could even go to the free throw line, Bledsoe was ejected. As he said later in the Arizona Republic, “I said something else that was inappropriate,” said Bledsoe, who had nine points, five assists and five turnovers in 26 minutes. We were struggling. I don’t know what it was. We just got a little frustrated. We just weren’t in it. We’ve been struggling since the break. Trades just happen.”


VIDEO: Bledsoe tossed

NBA players react to Steve Nash retiring

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today, former two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Nash, an 8-time All-Star, had been riddled with injuries the last few seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. As news spread of Nash’s retirement, players around the NBA took to social media to say goodbye and show respect…

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The Houston Rockets go full NBA Jam

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a day ago we saw the Phoenix Suns dabble in some #Throw Back Thursday greatness with a video that invoked some retro video game introductions. Well, the Houston Rockets have gone one further with this video, putting some of this season’s highlights through an “NBA Jam” filter and making a great video…


VIDEO: NBA Jam Rockets

Phoenix Suns go with 8-bit intros

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Tonight in Phoenix, the Suns host the New Orleans Pelicans in something they’re calling #TBTSuns, a nod to Throwback Thursday. Tickets are available for $8, which is what they cost back when Suns coach Jeff Hornacek was playing for the Suns. And to celebrate the late-’80s/early-’90s vibe, the Suns dropped an NBA Jam-inspired lineup introduction video…


VIDEO: Suns ’80s

Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…


VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…


VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…


VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…

Gerald Green can still get up

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Phoenix Suns swingman Gerald Green has been pretty vocal about wanting to be known as more than just a dunker. Which is understandable — we all want to be known for having many, varied talents and abilities. The thing is, Gerald Green is an incredible dunker, even if these days he mostly restricts those dunks to practice sessions instead of contests at All-Star Weekend.

But that doesn’t mean he still can’t accomplish the amazing. Check out this Instagram video of Green in socks, with no run-up, showing off what he can do…

Here's proof that for @g.green14, it isn't necessarily the shoes.

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Phoenix Suns introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: Suns jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everything that is old becomes new again. We are always looking to the past for inspiration, and why not? Some of the best ideas are things that were popular once, and then discarded in the name of progress.

Today the Phoenix Suns debuted a new alternate uniform that takes cues from some Suns uniforms from the past. As Suns.com explains

That iconic western font is emblazoned on the front of the new jersey in black lettering, outlined in the bold orange that has become synonymous with the Suns over the decades. The lettering is nearly identical to that used in one of the first iterations of the team’s jersey from 1973-1992.

One of the players who wore that font across his chest was Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. His current point guard, Eric Bledsoe, is proud to be able to carry on the tradition that started so many years ago.

“It’s throwback,” Bledsoe said with a smile. “Everybody nowadays likes that throwback fashion.”

The font isn’t the only thing helping connects the past and the present. The sunburst on the bottom of the shorts harkens back to the original design worn by the likes of Dick Van Arsdale, Connie Hawkins and Paul Westphal. Don’t worry, though, these shorts are much longer than their predecessors. The entire look is tied together with the modern-day numbers on the chest and back, and the “S” mark that was introduced last season on the sleeves.

The color scheme pays homage to the history behind the name of the city we call home. Like the bird of Greek origin, the city rose from the ruins of a former civilization into a thriving metropolis earning it the name Phoenix.

To see more, check the video above. The Suns will debut these uniforms tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Phoenix Suns follow Miami’s inbounding lead

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw perhaps the worst inbounds play of all-time, a play that topped Shaqtin’ A Fool and was, truly and honestly, one of the strangest things I’ve seen in an NBA game.

Well, last night the Phoenix Suns seemed determined to follow the Heat’s lead, and they pulled something very similar. The big difference is the Suns did it much faster, almost as if they thought doing it quickly would hide from the fact that they were trying to inbound the ball twice. For what it’s worth, it didn’t work. Good job, good effort, though.

(via TNLP)

Tom Chambers and Eddie Johnson play Make or Miss

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite segments on “Inside the NBA” is the occasional quiz show segment called “Who He Play For,” where Charles Barkley tries to guess which team an obscure NBA player is on. But the Phoenix Suns broadcast team has taken the NBA game show to a new level with their game “Make or Miss,” in which analysts (and retired Suns) Tom Chambers and Eddie Johnson watch clips of themselves and try to guess whether or not a shot that they took went in. It’s tougher than it sounds, considering these guys combined to take thousands of field goals, but it sure makes for fun watching…


VIDEO: Make or Miss