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Mike D’Antoni left the Phoenix Suns at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, moving to a far bigger market and a far bigger challenge in the New York Knicks.
Though D’Antoni had taken the Suns to two Western Conference Championship series, his teams had never appeared in an NBA Finals, and although he led the Knicks to the playoffs in the 2010-11 season, they were swept in the first round by the Celtics, and D’Antoni resigned midway through the following campaign.
The 61-year-old Lakers head coach now says he regrets the decision to leave Phoenix, after being asked to return by the team.
On Thursday, ESPN Los Angeles published a lengthy piece on the Lakers and D’Antoni’s arrival, hitting on many topics but interviewing D’Antoni and most of the key players. In it, D’Antoni flatly says he wishes he had stayed in Phoenix rather than leaving for New York.
I shouldn’t have gone to New York,” says D’Antoni in the piece. “I should have stuck in there and battled. You don’t get to coach somebo
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The Phoenix Suns are offering fans a pretty sweet deal when it comes to buying tickets for a game next week against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Phoenix Suns have assigned first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA's Development League.
The move was made to give more game experience to the former North Carolina star, who was the 13th selection overall in this year's draft.
Marshall, out of the Suns' regular rotation as the team's third point guard behind Goran Dragic and...
Mike D’Antoni helped turn the Phoenix Suns into a championship contender before abruptly leaving for the New York Knicks after the 2008 season, and now the current Lakers coach says he regrets making the move. D’Antoni led the Suns to the playoffs four straight seasons. They even made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Finals, and I’ll argue if it weren’t...
First-round draft pick Kendall Marshall has been assigned to the D-League Bakersfield Jam by the Phoenix Suns, the team announced Thursday. The 13th overall pick from North Carolina, Marshall has struggled to earn playing time with the Suns. He is averaging 1.2 points and 5.7 minutes in six games. "I'm trying to look at it as a positive -- a time to get better, get reps...
With Steve Nash out of town, the Suns could use an attendance boost.credit: edwardandsons.com
After losing Steve Nash this offseason, the Phoenix Suns must have figured that they would have to take a step back this season. They made some nice moves in the offseason, adding players like Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, and Michael Beasley, but nobody really expects much of them.
Mike D’Antoni was never able to get over the hump with the Phoenix Suns. He had a few teams that looked like they could win a championship, but his offensive mindset never translated to a title. When he left Phoenix for the bright lights of New York, with the talent the Knicks had, it looked like D’Antoni might have the chance to be successful there. But things were much...
The Phoenix Suns are guaranteeing fans will have a good time at the game against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns say anyone who buys a ticket and attends Thursday night's game will have their money returned if they are not completely satisfied with their experience, regardless of whether the team wins or loses.
The Suns say the offer is the first of its kind in the NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters dribbled through the legs of Phoenix Suns guard Luis Scola on his way to scoring a basket during Tuesday night's NBA game at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The move by Waiters gave the Cavs a 59-57 lead with 3:28 left in the third quarter. Waiters finished the game with 16 points and led the Cavs with 7 assists.
Another day, another fantasy basketball casualty in Phoenix. This time Goran Dragic, fantasy basketball point guard extraordinaire, was benched for the second half of the Suns’ embarrassing blow out loss in Detroit last night. Instead, P.J. Tucker got 26 minutes of burn from Alvin Gentry. Hey, why not, right? If Alvin is going to go down he may as well go down playing P.J. Tucker...
After their six-game road trip took an embarrassing turn, the Phoenix Suns could have an ideal opportunity for redemption Friday night.
They will be visiting a city where they've dominated in recent years and facing one of the league's worst teams in a matchup with the sliding Toronto Raptors.
Phoenix (7-9) had won three of four and split the first two games on this trip...
Think of the Phoenix Suns latest (not to mention sensationally compelling) promotion as something of a test drive for local basketball fans.
The title is Satisfaction Guaranteed Night which without prior knowledge of the subject matter in question might sound a smidge like the working title for a Rolling Stones tour. But were simply dealing with a little relatively harmless professional...