Yuta Tabuse Preseason Gallery
October 6, 2004
Phoenix Suns rookie Yuta Tabuse has been officially named to the Suns' regular season roster, bringing him one step closer to becoming the first Japanese-born player to play in the NBA.
Tabuse's No. 1 jersey has been a hot seller at the Suns Team Shop.
One of Tabuse's greatest strengths is his ability to see the court and get the ball to his teammates.
At the Suns' annual season ticket holders party on Oct. 31, Yuta proved he is good at working "the lanes" both on and off the court.
Tabuse is looking to back up All-Star guard Steve Nash with second-year guard Leandro Barbosa.
What the 5-9 playmaker lacks in height he more than makes up for in basketball knowledge and savvy.
Despite limited preseason minutes, Tabuse made a strong impression on fans throughout the Valley.
Tabuse's strong work ethic and good nature have also made him a popular player with his teammates.
In a recent survey of NBA general managers, Tabuse was listed among the fastest NBA players with the ball.
Tabuse has had no problems making friends with his Suns teammates.
Tabuse was one of several players who helped tip off The Home Depot and Suns court rennovation program.
Tabuse defends the Sonic's Antonio Daniels during one of three preseason games at America West Arena.
Yuta and his teammates wrapped up a tough training camp week with light workouts Sunday and Monday.
The Suns Gorilla monkeys around with some young fans while Yuta looks on.
Yuta recieved a warm reception from the crowd at the team's public scrimmage on Oct. 9.
Tabuse played hard and had a great time during the public scrimmage, displaying his considerable skills before the crowd.
Tabuse was a hit with everyone in training camp, from his teammates and coaches, to the team's dance team and new ownership group.
Yuta utilized the "sticky pad" to ensure traction on his pinpoint cuts and drives to the basket.
Suns point guard Steve Nash treated the entire team to the movie Friday Night Lights, on Friday night, Oct. 8 and the veterans made the rookies like Tabuse go get them popcorn and candy.
Tabuse is ready for the starting whistle to blow on his NBA career.
The 24-year-old did a good job of keeping up with his Suns teammates at training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Interview requests for Tabuse came from all over the world in all manners of communication.
And the local Phoenix media couldn't get enough of him either.
Tabuse has reached for the stars and is working hard to get there.
Tabuse picked up tips from his veteran teammates, including All-Star guard Steve Nash.
Tabuse more than makes up for his lack of height with lightening-quick speed and athleticism.
The evening training camp scrimmages had the guys getting in a breather whenever they could.
Tabuse was proficient in skill drills during two-a-day practices.
A strong work ethic and affable personality have allowed Tabuse to fit in well with his new surroundings.
In addition to learning the team concept, training camp is an opportunity to work on inidividual basic skills, such as shooting form.
Tabuse stretches after an evening workout at Northern Arizona University.
Yuta signs some autographs for some lucky NAU students.
Tabuse gathers up his gear before heading back to the hotel for an afternoon nap.
As much as he enjoyed the competition, it was nice for Tabuse to get away from it all in between workout sessions.
A contingent of Japanese media, filmmakers and photographers is documenting every move of Tabuse's historic quest.
The 5-9 guard is handling the enormous amount of attention in stride.
The likeable Tabuse was a good sport when asked to pose for Suns.com e-greeting cards on Media Day.
Tabuse even modeled the latest Suns gear available online at azteamshop.com
A guest on Suns.com's live webcast of Media Day, Tabuse showed his mastery of the English language.