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Hornacek and Sports Psychology From the time he was hired as head coach, Jeff Hornacek was just as eager to allocate respect as his presence commanded it. He said many times that he doesn’t see a reason why the Suns couldn’t be successful. More importantly, he has never wavered in that belief. He continues to treat his players with veneration and the feeling has always been mutual. In short, he demands excellence. Suns.com’s Ben York explains how, from a sports psychology perspective, Hornacek has undoubtedly utilized the essential building-blocks of the trade to encourage and motivate his team.
Suns.com Top 5 In the new edition of the weekly Suns.com Top 5 Plays of the Week, Eric Bledsoe has a crazy last-second shot, the Suns demonstrate a perfect fast break and Markieff Morris dunks all over the Birdman.
Suns Retorter Suns.com’s Greg Esposito discusses the importance of fandom and social media in sports. “In sports that means one thing, your team’s bandwagon better have some good shocks because people will be getting on and off of it faster than Usain Bolt. That, and the fans and bloggers better have the ice ready for all the sprained ankles they get from jumping on and off. Thus is the case for the Phoenix Suns this season.”
Transition Game The Suns’ fast break game is most devastating when both point guards are on the floor at the same time. After an opponent’s missed shot, the Phoenix player who corrals the rebound knows he can simply get the ball to the nearest ball-handler, instead of waiting for a single playmaker to make himself available. “We just say, get it out to the first guy,” Hornacek explained. “ I’ve always been of the belief you can’t always just look at the point guard…you just throw it up to the first guy and now instead of a three-on-two, a lot of times you can get a two-on one.”
McDonough and Scouting The Suns have multiple picks in next year’s NBA Draft. McDonough feels the pressure, but he also embraces the fun. From watching games with his family through 10 years with in the Celtics front office, he built his NBA career on a foundation of accurately judging talent. He admits that next year’s draft will be “the best draft in a decade,” making this college season the basketball scout’s equivalent of a kid at a candy store, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen reports.