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Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight

Fulton Homes, Phoenix Suns Partner Again

If the last NBA season is any indication, Fulton Homes, the Phoenix Suns, andthe Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association are about to have a big year.

For the third consecutive year Fulton Homes is uniting with the Phoenix Suns for the Fulton Homes “Proud to Own the Three-Point Zone” program. This season when a Phoenix Suns’ player drains a three-pointer, Fulton Homes will write a $100 check, with those proceeds going to support the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. CAMRA performs search and rescue missions throughout Arizona and has rescued thousands of people and saved hundreds of lives since its inception in 1969.

Last season the Suns hit 765 three-point shots, ranking sixth-highest in the league. That proficiency from the arch led to Fulton Homes donating $76,500 between the three organizations. Since 2005, Fulton Homes has donated more than $320,000 through Phoenix Suns Charities.

“Fulton Homes is excited to partner again with the Phoenix Suns for another season,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “As the Suns keep improving their three-point game, Fulton Homes will continue supporting the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association for the dedicated work they do each day.”

This season fans can enter a contest to guess the exact number of three-pointers the Suns will make. The winner receives an autographed jersey from the top three-point Suns scorer and four tickets to the Suns vs. Utah Jazz game on April 4, 2015. Fans can enter the contest by submitting their guess at Suns.com/FultonHomes. The contest runs through the month of October.

Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight

Phoenix Suns, Skrillex, a film festival + more to do this weekend

10/8: Phoenix Suns vs. Rio de Janeiro Flamengo

After barely missing the playoffs last season, the Suns are opening the 2014 preseason against the Rio de Janeiro Flamengo. The Flamengo Basketball team is one of the most successful in Brazil, and the game should be a good kickoff for the Suns preseason.

US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $10-$125 

 


10/9: Skrillex

The EDM artist and DJ has picked up six Grammy awards during his time as a solo artist, including awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. Special guests A$AP Ferg, Branchez and David Heartbreak are joining Skrillex for the Mesa concert.

Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Thursday, Oct. 9, Doors open at 4 p.m., show at 4:30 p.m., $38.50-$60 

 

10/9: Scottsdale International Film Festival Opening Night

The Scottsdale International Film Festival is now in its 13th year, and will be screening 40 different feature films as well as some short films. The festival is beginning with William H. Macy’s Rudderless at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, but all other film screenings will be at Harkins Shea.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 Second St, Scottsdale, Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., more information

 

10/10-11: Arizona Dance Festival

Over 20 dance troupes, mainly from the Phoenix area but some from around the nation, are hitting the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts to showcase their talents. Dances from tap to jazz and ballet to hip-hop will be featured in the two evenings of the festival.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., $18 adult, $15 senior, $13 student

 

10/10-11: Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho has been performing for nearly two decades, since her first album came out in 1996. Cho is known for openly discussing personal issues laced with profanity. Outside of stand-up, Cho was in Dancing with the Stars and guest-starred on the sitcom 30 Rock as Kim Jong-Il.

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $ 30

 

Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker

Players rally for Phoenix Suns Charities’ Jump Ball

Phoenix Suns Charities’ annual gala, THE JUMP BALL, will be headlined by a show-stopping tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Damian Brantley, on Saturday, March 1 at Talking Stick Resort. Guests will also enjoy appearances by the entire Suns team and coaching staff, entertainment by DJ Roonie G., dinner, a silent auction and much more. The gala will begin at 6 p.m.

The Michael Jackson tribute band is part of the award-winning “Legends in Concert” live tribute show in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the show highlights world-renowned musicians from the past and present. The band, featuring Damian Brantley, regularly performs at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, capturing Jackson’s legendary music and choreography through captivating theatrical sets and costumes.

Performing as Michael Jackson is Milwaukee native Damian Brantley. Brantley grew up around music, having been taught to play the piano at age 8 by his father, Junior Brantley, who toured with B.B. King. Before becoming a Michael Jackson tribute performer, Brantley trained for two years to perfect being the King of Pop. View a recent performance by Brantley as Michael Jackson: “Legends in Concert” Michael Jackson tribute

Following the tribute to Michael Jackson, two-time Club World Award winner DJ Roonie G will entertain guests with his own creative blend of audio and visual content.

Table sponsorship options are now available, as are limited individual tickets. More information can be found at sunscharities.org, or by calling 602-379-7767. All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families.

Dennis - Suns Check

Fulton Homes, Suns Reunite for 3-Point Program

This season, the only thing standing between the Phoenix Suns and a patriotic gesture is a white line 23 feet nine inches away from the basket.

For the second year in a row Tempe-based Fulton Homes is uniting with the Phoenix Suns for the Fulton Homes “Proud to own the Three-Point Zone” program. This season when a Phoenix Suns player drains a three-pointer, Fulton Homes will write a $100 check to the U.S. Navy League. This year’s sponsorship includes both home and away games broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona, a minimum of 75 games.

Founded in 1902, The Navy League of the United States is an organization that serves, supports all the sea services – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. The Navy League is comprised of 46,000 civilians in more than 250 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. For more, visit: http://navyleague.org.

Last year alone, through the Three-Point Zone program, Fulton Homes donated $46,000 between the Youth Assistance Foundation and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue. In previous seasons, Fulton Homes has donated more than $206,000 over to local charities through Phoenix Suns Charities.

“Fulton Homes is really excited to partner again with the Phoenix Suns to benefit the U.S. Navy League,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “As the Suns keep improving their three-point game, we will be able to support the U.S. Navy League and the good work they do for military families and youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines.”

St. Mary's

Suns Name Ryan McDonough General Manager

The Phoenix Suns have named Ryan McDonough the team’s general manager, it was announced today.  He will be introduced in a press conference on Thursday, May 9, at US Airways Center.

“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.  “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years.  We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”

The 33-year-old McDonough is considered one of the game’s brightest young minds, who combines a tireless work ethic with an expertise in player evaluation honed over the past 10 years at virtually every level of an NBA franchise’s basketball operations.

McDonough joins the Suns after most recently serving the past three seasons as the assistant general manager of the Boston Celtics, where he assisted Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge on all basketball-related matters, while being principally responsible for the draft evaluation of college and international players.  He combines the experience of nearly a decade of in-person scouting of prospects across the globe with an understanding of advanced metrics and statistical analysis.  During his tenure with the Celtics, Boston made two appearances in the NBA Finals, and claimed the 2008 title.

McDonough joined the Celtics front office in 2003 as a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations, rapidly moving up the team’s ranks with increased responsibility at each stop, always with an emphasis in talent evaluation.  He spent four seasons as a special assistant, a role that included a great deal of video scouting work (2003-07), one season as director of amateur scouting (2007-08), one season as director of international scouting (2008-09), and two seasons as director of player personnel (2008-10) before his promotion to assistant general manager in Sept. 2010.

McDonough played a prominent role in the front office of a club that has kept a veteran-led roster in the playoffs the last six consecutive seasons thanks to an infusion of young talent acquired through quality late first-round draft picks and trades.  Included in that list are the draft-day acquisition of four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo in 2006, and the 2010 selection of Avery Bradley, who was one of the NBA’s most improved players in 2012-13.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, McDonough grew up in Hingham, Mass., the son of the late renowned Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough, and the brother of ESPN broadcaster Sean and NFL player personnel executive Terry.

Mayor Elaine Scruggs

Suns Co-Owner Shares Keys to Happiness

In his years as a successful entrepreneur creating and selling corporations to the likes of Coca-Cola and Kimberly-Clark, Richard Jaffe, one of the owners of the Phoenix Suns, found a few constants to guide him in business and in life.

“Love myself; live my values, and learn to give back,” says Jaffe, who gained respect as an inspirational leader.

The most important of these and the key to happiness, he says, is learning to love himself. It’s a recurring theme in the poetry he’s been writing for decades and recently published in, “Inner Peace & Happiness: Reflections to Grow Your Soul.”

“I’ve found that loving myself is fundamental to my happiness,” he says. “The one person I have a relationship with for my entire life is myself, so it’s essential to make that relationship my priority. When I have the inner peace that comes from loving myself, I don’t have to look to others to fill my emotional needs and wants.”

How does one learn to love him- or herself and to be happy? For Jaffe, it came from living and acting on his values in business and in his personal life, whether he was struggling or succeeding.

“These are the things that have worked for me,” he says. “Values guide my choices, and my choices affect how I feel about myself and how I interact with others.”

These are some of the values and tenets that have helped make Jaffe an exceedingly happy man.

• Find your passion and indulge in it. Jaffe has been expressing himself through poetry for 30 years – that is one of his greatest passions. “Poetry helps to provide me balance in life between work, family and other external commitments,” he says. “When I allow myself time to indulge in my passion, I recharge my spirit, my mind and my body.”

• Remember – givers gain. Even when he was a broke young entrepreneur, Jaffe and his wife of 28 years, Ann, always made sure to give to the community, to their temple, to charity. “Give even when you have nothing,” he says. “It always comes back to bless you, though sometimes from a different source.”

• Don’t rely on anyone else to make you happy. It doesn’t work, Jaffe says. When your happiness is dependent on your love for someone else, they control your happiness.  Love doesn’t always stick around – sometimes it comes into our lives in order to teach us how to care. We have to rely on ourselves.

• Be the very best you can be at whatever you do. Don’t compare yourself to your competition, to history, to anyone else. Instead, raise the bar on yourself. “Even if I get knocked down at something, I can be happy when I know I gave it my very best effort,” Jaffe says. “I don’t always succeed, but I can give an even better effort the next time because I will have learned from being knocked down. Defeat is being knocked down; failure is the unwillingness to get back up!”

• Control your thoughts and keep them positive. “My kids used to come to me to complain when they were unhappy about something,” Jaffe says. “I would tell them, ‘If you do not like the way you feel, just change the way you think!’ It drove them crazy!” But they did eventually understand that their negative thoughts were making them feel bad. Jaffe says beware — thinking positively is habit-forming, at least for him.

Jaffe is one of the owners of the Suns, a successful business leader and longtime philanthropist. Most recently the CEO of Safe Life Corp., a medical technology company, he also founded Safe Skin Corp., a latex glove manufacturer (acquired by Kimberly-Clark Corp.) and Nutri-Foods International, a frozen dessert company (sold to the Coca-Cola Co.) He is a member of the U.S. Golf Association’s Presidents Council and a supporter of numerous charitable projects.

St. Mary's

Suns cut ties with general manager

The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said.

“Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his replacement.”

Blanks had served as general manager since Aug. 5, 2010, joining the team at a time when he was considered one of the league’s top up-and-coming executives. But this season was a harsh one as the Suns struggled to adjust after trading away two-time league MVP Steve Nash and letting former All-Star Grant Hill leave to kick off a rebuilding effort.

The Suns finished 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.

A first-round pick out of Texas by the Detroit Pistons in 1990, Blanks had an undistinguished playing career. He played 142 games over two seasons with Detroit and Minnesota, then closed out his career with stints in the CBA and overseas.

Blanks had better luck in the front office, spending five years in the scouting department of the San Antonio Spurs, who won two NBA titles and drafted the previously unheralded Tony Parker. He spent the five seasons before joining the Suns as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won 66 percent of their games during his tenure.

Dennis - Suns Check

Fulton Homes’ 3-Point Zone helps nonprofits

While Monday night was fan appreciation night for the Phoenix Suns, thanks to Fulton Homes the Youth Assistance Foundation and the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) will now divide up $46,000.

It’s all part of the Fulton Homes “Proud to Own the Three-Point Zone” program, a partnership between the Tempe-based homebuilder and the Phoenix Suns.  With each three-point basket made during the season, the Youth Assistance Foundation and CAMRA shared in the $100.  The program began in late October with the opening game tip-off and concluded with a victory Monday night at home against Houston. Fulton Homes Vice President Dennis Webb presented the check to Phoenix Suns officials during the game.

The Youth Assistance Foundation helps to prevent youth violence and promotes positive interactions with law enforcement. CAMRA, along with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue (MCSO-MR) team, is an all-volunteer and expertly trained technical rescue team dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations, wilderness emergency medical services and outdoor safety programs.

“Partnering up with the Phoenix Suns for this program will aid both of the organizations,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, said. “The Youth Assistance Foundation promotes youth health and wellness programs, while CAMRA aids those who find themselves in life and death situations. Fulton Homes is proud to give back to a community where we live and work.”

Fulton Homes reunited this season with the Phoenix Suns to revive the Fulton Homes “Proud to Own the Three-Point Zone” program. In previous seasons, Fulton Homes has donated more than $206,000 over five years to local charities through Phoenix Suns Charities. This year’s partnership included all 80 home and away regular season games broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Alvin Gentry

Suns part ways with Gentry

The Phoenix Suns say the team and coach Alvin Gentry have “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference finals.

But Nash left and the team underwent what has been a disastrous rebuilding effort. The Suns have lost 13 of 15 and four straight at home. Their 98-94 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night snapped the Bucks’ 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.

The Suns’ 13-28 record is the worst in the Western Conference and fourth-worst in the NBA. Only Cleveland, Charlotte and Washington are worse.

The Suns said in a news release that an interim coach would be named within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Gentry, who was in the final year of his contract, has been in coaching for three decades, including stints as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat.

He came to the Suns as an assistant to then-coach Mike D’Antoni, then stayed on the staff of new coach Terry Porter when D’Antoni left for the New York Knicks. After Porter was fired, Gentry was named interim head coach, immediately restoring the up-tempo style that D’Antoni had championed.

Phoenix, under the ownership of Robert Sarver, never recovered when power forward Amar’e Stoudemire turned down a deal to return to the Suns and left for the Knicks.

When Nash became a free agent after last season and, in a mutual decision with the Suns management, signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix blew up its roster under the leadership of Lon Babby, vice president of basketball operations, and general manager Lance Blanks.

The rebuilt team lacked a go-to scorer and struggled with depth as Gentry continuously tried new lineups. He had said recently that the team, with the season obviously headed south, might simply turn to its younger players and look to the future.

Meanwhile, crowds at the once boisterous US Airways Center have grown meager.

The Suns don’t play again until Wednesday, when they face the Kings in Sacramento.

Shannon Brown

Fulton Homes, Suns Reunite For Three-Point Zone

Twenty-three feet, nine inches is the distance that makes Fulton Homes, the Phoenix Suns and local charities a winner this season.

Tempe-based Fulton Homes is reuniting with the Phoenix Suns to revive the Fulton Homes “Proud to own the Three-Point Zone” program, which in years past has provided tens of thousands of dollars to Phoenix Suns Charities. When a Phoenix Suns player drains a three-pointer this season, Fulton Homes will write a $100 check to Phoenix Suns Charities. This year’s sponsorship includes both home and away games broadcast on Fox Sports Net.  With 80 televised games on the schedule, and a Suns average of 6.7 three-point shots per game last season, Phoenix Suns Charities could slam dunk some serious donations.

“Fulton Homes is really excited to partner again with the Phoenix Suns to benefit Phoenix Suns Charities,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “If the Suns keep their three-point game up, we could be giving quite a bit to worthy causes.”

Phoenix Suns Charities is the cornerstone of the team’s charitable giving.  The organization offers grants to non-profits that serve children and youth in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports, and recreation and rehabilitation.

Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod Inducted

Suns Induct MacLeod Into Ring Of Honor

Former Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod, was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor, the club’s highest achievement, during halftime of Wednesday’s Suns-Thunder game.

MacLeod coached the Suns from 1973 – 1987, and remains the winningest head coach in franchise history, having tallied 579 victories during his tenure. Only five coaches in NBA history have won more games with a single team.

“The Phoenix Suns are proud to induct John MacLeod into the Suns Ring of Honor,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver. “Coach MacLeod played an instrumental role in our organization’s legacy of success, so it’s only appropriate to put his name up alongside the other Suns legends.”

The induction ceremony took place at halftime with “The Voice of the Phoenix Suns,” Al McCoy serving as emcee. Ring of Honor members were on hand for the ceremony, which featured comments from Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams, with MacLeod’s family and friends nearby. Throughout the night former colleagues, players and friends also paid tribute to MacLeod with video messages.

As fans entered US Airways Center, they were able to write a personal message to MacLeod, in addition to enjoying photos and memorable moments of the honoree during his tenure with the Suns.

MacLeod led the 1976 Suns to one of the team’s two NBA Finals appearances, and still holds Suns coaching records for NBA Playoffs appearances (9) and playoff victories (37). MacLeod’s 707 career coaching victories place him as one of the NBA’s Top 20 all-time wins leaders.

MacLeod joins twelve other Ring of Honor members (Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal).

Fans interested in leaving comments or well wishes for Coach John MacLeod can do so by logging on to Suns.com/MacLeod.