"Big Things Are Coming" Open Practice
December 18, 2011
Fans streamed into US Airways Center on December 17 for the "BIG Things are Coming" Open Practice.
Although the practice was free of charge, the Suns encouraged fans to donate a new toy upon entry to the event, benefiting the families of St. Josephs Hospital.
Fans who donated were entered into a raffle to win autographed Suns items and merchandiset.
Members of the Jr. Suns had the opportunity to play some hoops before the open practice.
Suns President Brad Casper talks before the practice with Mr. ORNG.
Fans had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Robin Lopez (in cardboard cutout form).
Some of the bigger kids in the Jr. Suns program also played a game.
Cedric Ceballos got the crowd going early.
The Suns Dancers entertained throuhout the evening.
Fans were involved in contests.
The Solar Squad showed some moves.
Theme of the night was "BIG Things are Coming."
Fans packed in to see the 2011-12 Suns team scrimmage.
First round draft pick Markieff Morris enters the court through the crowd along with Garret Siler.
Grant Hill is introduced to an appreciative crowd.
The crowd saved the loudest response for Steve Nash.
The Suns gather before the scrimmage.
Suns broadcaster Tom Leander, Eddie Johnson, Tom Chambers, and Scott Williams warm up for their season.
Free agent invitee to camp, Dwight Buycks, tries to impress with a drive.
Assistant coach Bill Cartwright talks with Ronnie Price and Robin Lopez.
Channing Frye puts up a three-pointer.
Robin Lopez looks toward the hoop.
Jared Dudley brings his energetic style.
Sebastian Telfair drives to the basket.
Alvin Gentry helps the players throw mini basketballs into the stands after the scrimmage.
Marcin Gortat shows his arm.
Grant Hill has some fun with the crowd.
Jared Dudley always has time to sign autographs for kids.
Shannon Brown talks to Cedric Ceballos as the crowd listens in.
At the end of the open practice, fans had the opportunity to take some shots.