– Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek says each player has improved in 2013-14 (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):
“When you are arguably the NBA’s most improved team, singling out which player has improved the most is like choosing a favorite child.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek can’t do it.
“They’ve all done something more than they’ve done last year,” Hornacek said.
Seven veterans are averaging career highs. Three rookies are growing up. The road from last place in the Western Conference to the upper-third tier of the NBA is filled with improvement but each Suns player’s advancement probably takes away the chance of any one of them becoming the league’s Most Improved Player winner.”
Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/20140306phoenix-suns-coach-jeff-hornacek-says-each-player-has-improved.html
– What looked like a sleepy Trail Blazers’ summer has turned into the resume for Executive of the Year (from Jason Quick, Oregonlive.com):
” The Trail Blazers received a well-earned ovation Sunday after clinching a playoff spot with a 100-94 victory over New Orleans, the team’s 50th win this season with four more games left to play.
But nowhere to be seen, nowhere to be found, was the man who perhaps deserves the biggest ovation: general manager Neil Olshey.
They should start bubble wrapping the Executive of the Year trophy and addressing the box to One Center Court, because nobody in the NBA did more with less last summer than Olshey.
Robin Lopez. Mo Williams. Dorell Wright. Thomas Robinson.”
Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2014/04/quick_as_trail_blazers_clinch_playoffs_and_50-win.html
-Dragic and Tucker lead, but youth defines Suns’ character (from Kevin Zimmerman, Valleyofthesuns.com):
” Dragic and Tucker are the faces and the outright leaders, but the character of the Suns as a team isn’t exactly that of either.
Phoenix thrives on Dragic speaking with his play and Tucker literally speaking loudly and often, but it goes deeper. Last Wednesday, Jeff Hornacek’s team was running football sets during pregame warmups, and huddles took on the energy of a confident and cocky high school team.