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The 30 GM's: Steve Kerr Of The Phoenix Suns
RealGM - Marion,Illinois,USA
The Phoenix Suns have been among the league's elite for the past three seasons, but now they have handed the reins of the franchise over to a rookie General...

Suns promote Del Negro to assistant GM
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns named Vinny Del Negro assistant general manager Tuesday, promoting him from his previous position as the...

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Two Phoenix Suns players are helping their respective national teams reach the 2008 Olympics, but it would appear that one of them is on the fast track, while the other is starting to struggle.

Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire stars for Team USA in 2008 Olympic qualifying

Amare Stoudemire (USA)
The Suns' Amare Stoudemire is helping Team USA advance to the finals in the Las Vegas qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympics.  While not a starter, Amare is putting in solid minutes at Center and Power Forward for the US squad.

I've been trying to watch the games and Amare has been trying to display the skills he's been working on during the summer (mostly his 3-pt shot - yes, 3-pt shot).  He's been overly aggressive on defense and at times has allowed his man to beat him to the basket for an easy score.  Fortunately, the USA team is so strong, these mistakes really don't matter and don't show up in the box scores (all W's so far).  When he rejoins the Suns in October, I only hope that he has a better handle on his defense and doesn't allow his man to score so easily.  Orlando Magic stud Dwight Howard has been getting the starts for Team USA, so that should tell you something about Amare's production.  No knock on Amare, but Howard's rebounding and defense are better than STAT's at this time; Amare's offense is head & shoulders above Howard (however).

Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa stars for Brazil in 2008 Olympic qualifying - Leads all scorers

Leandro Barbosa (Brazil)
In what's really a surprise around NBA circles, Suns' 6th man Leandro Barbosa has emerged as the star of the Las Vegas Olympic qualifying.  Barbosa has led the tournament in scoring and was playing extremely well until he ran into the buzz-saw that is the USA squad.  Leandro struggled to score w/ the USA's best defensive players hounding him all game.  In his follow-up game, they lost as well, but they did win Tuesday night's game against Mexico.  In their latest game against the other (qualifying) favorite, Argentina, Brazil lost in overtime.

We can only assume that Leandro Barbosa will return to Suns camp in great shape and an even better player than when last year's playoff debacle ended.  Things are looking great for Barbosa and the Suns.

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Raja Bell
was suppose to play for the Virgin Islands, but
his recent knee surgery kept him out of the tournament.  Phoenix guard Steve Nash was called upon by team Canada, but he declined to play.  There's no doubt that Nash feels this is the Suns' year to win the NBA championship and they'll need all of his energy to get there.

Phoenix Suns sign 2nd Round Pick D.J. Strawberry from Maryland

Suns brass finally inked their 2nd round draft pick to a contract.  The 59th pick, during the 2nd round, D.J. Strawberry has signed a 2-year contract w/ the Phoenix Suns.  The contract will pay Strawberry only the league minimum (over $400k) and the 2nd year is an option for the Suns (not for Strawberry). 

This is a great move by the Suns since they're not overcommitting for an unproven player.  Strawberry received a lot of praise for his summer league play, but how that will translate in the regular season is unknown. 

With this contract, the Suns leave the option open to move Strawberry or let him sign with another team if they have other plans at the end of this year.  Of course, all will depend on how they advance in the NBA Playoffs and whether or not they win the NBA championship.

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