AutoTrader.com Open - Oct. 11, 2008
October 11, 2008
The Phoenix Suns played the first outdoor game of the modern era in Indian Wells, CA on October 11, 2008, in the AutoTrader.com Open.
The unique event was held in the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Suns hosted the Denver Nuggets in the event, which was televised nationally on TNT.
Robin Lopez puts up a shot.
Lopezgoes after the shot of Nene.
Grant Hill scores two on the fast break.
Goran Dragic puts up a shot.
Boris Diaw heads for the hoop.
The Suns Dancers provided entertainment between quarters.
A special aerial display kept the crown entertained at halftime.
Louis Amundson scores after an offensive rebound.
Matt Barnes heads for the basket.
Alando Tucker looks to drive.
Shaquille O'Neal made his presence felt inside as he swats away a shot.
And Shaq blocks another.
And yet another.
Shaq also worked to score at the other end.
Steve Nash shows perfect form on his jumper.
Nash uses the same form warming up.
Robin Lopez goes after a rebound.
With a few hours until gametime, Palm Springs was abuzz with anticipation of the Suns-Nuggets match-up.
Before the big game, fans could partake in an array of fun events, like playing PlayStation3.
The view from one of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden suites.
Suns Ring of Honor member Charles Barkley gets warmed up before manning the mic for the TNT telecast.
Steve Nash makes his way to the locker room.
A setting Sun can only mean gametime.
Nash leads the way as the Suns make their way to the court.
Shaquille O'Neal generates his usual fan interest as he makes his way to the court.
Nash greets former Mavs teammate Juwan Howard.
Raja Bells signs a copy of the official AutoTrader.com Open game program.
Goran Dragic does his best to hinder an inbound pass.
Even the Gorilla got into the spirit of being at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Suns fans were by no means shy at expressing who they think is the No. 1 team in the NBA.
The AutoTrader.com Open marked the NBA's first outdoor game since the Suns faced the Bucks in Puerto Rico in 1972.
More than 16,000 fans packed the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. for the unique event.
The sun was down and the stars were out when the Suns and Nuggets tipped off on national television Saturday night.
New Suns Head Coach Terry Porter discusses the game with his floor general, Steve Nash.
Shaq goes to work.
There were certainly no shortage of Nash fans in the crowd Saturday.
Boris Diaw makes a move on the court.
The rookie puts up a shot.
Alando Tucker saw some significant minutes in the exhibition.
The All-Star point guard makes life difficult for the opposition.
Rookie forward Robin Lopez bodies up Nuggets big man Nene.
It's all aboard, as some Suns get a lift to the locker room.
Head Coach Terry Porter calls it a night and breaks down the game with reporters.
The calm before the storm... Saturday's outdoor exhibition at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden will be the Suns' first in 36 years.
As the sun sets, the Suns' workday begins as the team bus arrives.
Fresh off the bus, Shaquille O'Neal enters the facility.
Louis Amundson leads the way as the Suns file out of the locker room en route to the court.
Head Coach Terry Porter talks to reporters while his players file out onto the court.
Boris Diaw knows the importance of stretching before beginning a workout.
Before the basketballs were broken out, first came the tennis rackets for assistant coach Alvin Gentry.
Raja Bell works on becoming a two-sport threat.
Assistant athletic trainer Mike Elliott strikes a pose while helping stretch out Matt Barnes.
Alando Tucker answers the tough questions from The Arizona Republic writer Paul Coro.
Shaq shoots while Robin Lopez and Louis Amundson look on.
Even though he's not expected to play Saturday, Amar'e Stoudemire was on the court Friday, sporting his new protective goggles.
Steve Nash said he is looking forward to playing under the lights Saturday night.
Shaq goes Hollywood in Indian Wells.
The All-Star point guard takes a timeout to work on his soccer skills.
Boris Diaw listens intently as Terry Porter talks positioning.
The last time the Suns played an exhibition outdoors, the roster included the likes of Connie Hawkins and Neal Walk.