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Barbosa 2007 Sixth Man Award
January 1, 2007
On April 23, Suns guard Leandro Barbosa was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Preparing to enter his fourth NBA season, Barbosa talked with broadcaster Tom Leander and Nothin' But Net host Cedric Ceballos on Media Day.
Barbosa, along with fellow speedster Marcus Banks, helps film the Suns' introductory video.
For Barbosa, the 2006-07 season began overseas in Europe.
The trip gave Barbosa an opportunity to bond with teammates both old and new.
It also gave him a chance to spend time overseas with his significant other, Jill.
A native of Brazil, Barbosa has taken an interest to cultures all over the world.
Barbosa takes a moment to enjoy some international coffee.
There was also some basketball to be played during Training Camp as well.
LB shows off Phoenix's European threads.
Barbosa discusses his play with former player and current analyst Bill Walton.
The speedy point guard did manage to make time to for a court dedication ceremony in Rome.
"Starbosa" is a fan favorite of children worldwide.
Barbosa shares a laugh with NBA legend Bill Russell.
In Cologne, Germany Leandro Barbosa lent a hand as another basketball court was built for local youth.
His heart helps make him a good friend among all Phoenix Suns players.
In a preseason game against the Sixers, Barbosa came off the Suns bench and scored 20 points.
The role of sixth man was one Barbosa grew comfortable with quickly.
In the season opener against Los Angeles, Barbosa scored 30 points and dished out four assists.
He matched the scoring effort on November 9 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Barbosa enjoyed a career night against Memphis on November 11 when he scored 16 points and handed out a career-high 12 assists.
The "Brazilian Blur" would only appear to get better - not to mention faster - as the season progressed.
He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds when the Suns played the Sixers on November 17.
Barbosa hit his first game-winner as a pro January 2 in Chicago.
The shot helped Phoenix continue along its franchise-best 17-game win streak.
Barbosa spends some time away from home with teammates Boris Diaw and Pat Burke.
Boris Diaw once commented that Barbosa should sometimes be given speeding tickets during games.
Opponents like the Sacramento Kings certainly can't argue.
Against the Lakers on March 4, Barbosa scored 20 points and handed out four assists.
Contests like that a key why the fourth-year pro was able to average career highs in points, assists, rebounds, steals and minutes played.
Twice he managed to post a single-game career high with 32 points.
The performances were two of four times he reached the 30-point mark this season.
Barbosa finished the season out strong, averaging 20.6 points per game over the last 10 contests.
It was becoming obvious that Barbosa had come a long way from selling fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market in Brazil to help support his family.
Leandro Barbosa started off the postseason exactly where he had left off the regular season.
In Game 1 against Los Angeles, he scored 26 points including 15 straight in the second half.
The nationally televised performance showing everybody why LB is the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Barbosa joins Eddie Johnson, Danny Manning and Rodney Rogers as Phoenix Suns to have taken home the honor.
Barbosa said he is happy winning the award, but wants to return his attention to winning an NBA Championship.
On April 24, Barbosa shared the award with thousands of his closest friends in Phoenix.
Best of all, his mother and brother were also in attendance to witness the very special presentation.