You hear a lot about “coaching style” these days. Sportswriters and fans are always trying to pin labels like “conservative,” “loose,” or “flamboyant” on coaches. But when you come right down to it, a coach has to be himself. When a guy tries to be somebody else, he usually fails.
The Phoenix Suns signed Alex Len, who the team selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Len is a 7-foot-1, 255-pound athletic center, who finished a two-year career in College Park, Maryland, with an Honorable Mention All-ACC season in which he was also named to the All-ACC Defensive team. Born in Antratsit, Ukraine, Len became the highest-drafted Ukrainian in NBA history after seeing huge jumps in production from his freshman to sophomore campaigns, averaging 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 38 games as a sophomore.
The Phoenix Suns announced that the club has acquired center Viacheslav Kravtsov (Vee-A-cha-slav KRAV-stov) and guard Ish Smith from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for veteran forward Caron Butler. Butler, along with Eric Bledsoe, had been acquired by the Suns from the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this summer (July 10) in a three-team trade also involving Milwaukee.
Full disclosure, happily confessed: I love sports uniforms and logos. LOVE them. Used to draw them when I was a kid. Hung posters and pennants on my wall based on them. Bought t-shirts with team logos on them, not out of loyalty to any of those teams, but because I liked the way they look. I am a nerdy nerd for uniforms and logos.
The Bakersfield Jam announced that the team will hold five sets of open tryouts for the 2013-14 season. Detailed information for Los Angeles tryout is as follows (Phoenix, Atlanta, Bakersfield and Salt Lake City detailed information will be announced soon):
Phoenix Area – Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22:
- $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, September 18; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).
- Part 1: Big Fish, Purple & Orange Pond
You don't know Greg Fisher.
You wouldn't recognize him if he got on the elevator with you before a game at US Airways Center, or if you bumped into him at halftime in the Flex Print Club on level zero.
You do know his work, though, and so do thousands of other sports fans throughout the Valley, and millions around the world, for that matter.
The leap from preps to pros no longer exists in the NBA, but Suns rookie Archie Goodwin’s transition is close enough.
The 29th overall pick in this year’s draft just turned 19 years old last week. He spent one year at Kentucky, a short enough stay for the former Wildcat to admit that the only friends from his college days were his teammates.
So how is a young man with minimal post-high school experience dealing with the leap to the biggest, adult stage in basketball? Turns out he’s kept himself too busy to say.