PHOENIX -- When the reference is made, a natural first reaction might be similar to how you'd respond when being introduced to the "Valedictorian of Summer School."
Yeah, very little cache accompanies that one.
As the semi-official "Defensive Coordinator of the Phoenix Suns," Elston Turner is aware that established perceptions -- good and bad -- carry real weight. That's why one goal in his first season as a Suns assistant coach is to plant a seed in the steel-trap minds of NBA opponents.
"You think of certain teams around the league, and there's something that they're known for," Turner said this week during a break from pre-training-camp meetings at U.S. Airways Center. "I want us to develop a title around the league that we play a certain way ... whether it's grabbing, holding ... whatever it takes."
Right, whatever it takes to erase some of the historical perception that a date with the Phoenix Suns usually becomes ...