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CNN Anchor Don Lemon: I'm Gay

Phoenix Suns CEO Rick Welts comes out as well

(Newser) - Don Lemon, CNN's weekend prime-time anchor, is joining a tiny group of media members: those who are openly gay. Lemon, 45, officially comes out in his new book Transparent, though many of his colleagues have long known about his sexual orientation. “I’m scared,” he tells the... More »

How Kobe Killed Hightops

Once-dominant fashion has gone by the wayside

(Newser) - In case you hadn't noticed, hightop sneakers are on death's door. You can thank big stars like Steve Nash, who's worn low-tops all his life, and Kobe Bryant, whose switch to low-tops last year prompted four of his Lakers teammates to follow suit. Of course, they're not alone. Eighty percent... More »

Phoenix to Wear 'Los Suns' Jerseys to Protest Law

Arizona's NBA team doesn't like immigration changes

(Newser) - The Phoenix Suns will take a unique stand against Arizona's immigration law tomorrow. In their playoff game, players will wear jerseys that say "Los Suns," reports the Arizona Republic . It's a show of support for the Latino community and a knock against what owner Robert Sarver calls a... More »

Cavs Swing Trade for Shaq

(Newser) - LeBron James is about to get some big help—literally. The Suns and Cavaliers have agreed in principle to a deal to send Shaquille O’Neal to Cleveland in exchange for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, and the 46th pick in today's draft, multiple team execs tell the Plain Dealer. The... More »

Hoops Star Wayman Tisdale Dead at 44

(Newser) - College basketball Hall of Famer Wayman Tisdale died today at 44, ESPN reports. Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer last year, and his right leg was amputated. The 6-foot-9 forward was an All-American all 3 years at Oklahoma, and went on to spend 12 years in the NBA. He was... More »

Shaq Scores 45 Points Against Toronto in 6-Year High

Phoenix wins 133-113; O'Neal gets 49th 40-point game

(Newser) - Shaquille O'Neal scored 45 points last night in his biggest offensive performance in 6 years, powering the Phoenix Suns to a 133-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors. A week shy of his 37th birthday, O'Neal made 20 of 25 shots in the 49th 40-point game of his career but the... More »

Shaq Gives Obama His Shoe

(Newser) - What's the ideal gift for a basketball-obsessed president? Try a size 23 sneaker personally autographed by Shaquille O'Neal. The Phoenix Suns center couldn't be around himself when President Obama arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport yesterday afternoon. So when the president stepped off of Air Force One, Phoenix Mayor Phil... More »

MC Shaq Rips Kobe in Rap

Suns center renews old rivalry—in rhyme

(Newser) - Even with the Lakers and Celtics matchup over, all is not quiet on the NBA rivalry front. Shaquille O'Neal took the mic at a New York club to perform a freestyle rap suggesting that Kobe Bryant couldn't win a championship without his former teammate: "You know how I be.... More »

Suns Allow Coach D'Antoni to Talk to Other Teams

Phoenix wants to keep coach with team

(Newser) - The Phoenix Suns granted permission for coach Mike D'Antoni to talk to other teams, with the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks apparently the leading suitors. General manager Steve Kerr confirmed Monday that D'Antoni can speak with other NBA teams about coaching vacancies but indicated he still wants to... More »

Spurs Win First Round Series Against Suns

Defending champs win game 5 on strong play from stars

(Newser) - Tony Parker scored 31 points, Tim Duncan added 29 points and 17 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 92-87 Game 5 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The third-seeded Spurs will meet the No. 2 seed Hornets in a second-round... More »

Diaw Has Near Triple-Double in Suns Rout

Phoenix avoids series sweep by defending champion San Antonio

(Newser) - Boris Diaw had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in one of the best playoff performances of his career, and the Phoenix Suns stayed alive with a 105-86 rout of San Antonio on Sunday. Diaw, starting in place of injured Grant Hill, also led the Suns' vastly improved defense,... More »

Parker Nets 41, Spurs Near Sweep of Suns

Phoenix picks bad time for its first 3-game losing streak

(Newser) - The San Antonio-Phoenix series was supposed to be a spectacular first-round matchup of potential NBA champions. Instead, it's become a Spurs smackdown. Tony Parker had a career-high 41 points along with 12 assists and San Antonio routed the Suns 115-99 on Friday night to take a 3-0 series lead. It's... More »

Spurs Down Suns, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Parker scores 32 in victory

(Newser) - Tony Parker scored 32 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-96 victory over Phoenix in Game 2 on Tuesday night after the Suns gave away another double-digit, first-half lead. The Spurs were down by as many as 14 in the first half before outscoring Phoenix 27-11 in... More »

Duncan Carries Spurs to Game 1 Win Over Suns

Rare 3-pointer, 40 points help spark San Antonio in double OT

(Newser) - Tim Duncan saved the San Antonio Spurs with a rare 3-pointer at the end of overtime, and Manu Ginobili hit a layup at the end of the second extra period to send the defending champions past the Phoenix Suns, 117-115 today in Game 1 of their first-round series. The third-seeded... More »

Suns Defeat Blazers 100-91, Earn No. 6 Seed

Nash, Amare, Shaq & Co. will face Duncan and the Spurs

(Newser) - Little-used Sean Marks had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Phoenix beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-91 on Wednesday night in a game that ended up having no bearing on the Suns' playoff seeding. San Antonio's rout of Utah earlier in the night locked Phoenix (55-27) into the sixth seed... More »

Warriors Playoff Hopes Ended by Amare, Suns

Denver clinches eighth seed in the Western Conference

(Newser) - Amare Stoudemire scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix recovered after blowing a 17-point lead to beat Golden State 122-116 Monday, eliminating the Warriors from playoff contention and securing the final playoff spot in the West for Denver. Steve Nash nearly had a triple-double with... More »

T-Mac, Rockets Beat Suns Easily, 101-90

Stoudemire the lone offensive bright spot for Phoenix with 37 points

(Newser) - Tracy McGrady had 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Luis Scola added 19 points as the Houston Rockets cruised to a 101-90 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Rookie Carl Landry added 14 points and seven rebounds, and reserve guard Bobby Jackson had 13 points as... More »

Stoudemire Has 21 in Suns Win

Result doesn't change playoff positioning

(Newser) - Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and five other Phoenix players scored in double digits in the Suns' 96-79 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The Suns won their second game in a row on the second night of a back-to-back and remained in sixth place in the... More »

Stoudemire, Suns Run Past Grizzlies

Shaq sits, Gay ties career-high with 36 points in loss

(Newser) - Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 127-113 on Tuesday night despite playing without an injured Shaquille O'Neal. Stoudemire shot 10-of-13 from the field as the Suns won their eighth straight over the Grizzlies and moved a half-game behind the idle... More »

Mavericks Rally to Beat Suns

Dirk Nowitzki scores 32 for Dallas

(Newser) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points as the Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit for a crucial 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns tonight. Josh Howard added 24 and Brandon Bass 19 for the Mavericks. Phoenix went scoreless for just under eight minutes, missing 12 shots in the... More »

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