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Hi my name is Roberto Payne, I'm a senior journalism major at the University of Arizona. I'll be posting articles about Arizona sports teams and specifically the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Cardinals. I would love to talk or debate sports topics with you!

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  • Sam Cooper posted 667 days ago

    Sam Cooper

    Hey Roberto, what happened? Did you lose your FC spot? Are you taking a break?

  • Anthony Luna posted 685 days ago

    Anthony Luna

    Hey Reberto Im writing you to see if you could possibly write an article about the Suns. Receiving draft picks for Nash and what it means for us Suns fans if they miss the playoffs and what it means if they do make the playoffs. I feel alot of are fans and some annoying lakers fans just dont get it maybe if they read an article they will understand better.

  • Glen Danquah posted 776 days ago

    Glen Danquah

    No problem, Roberto. Glad I could help!

  • Colin Shadonix posted 812 days ago

    Colin Shadonix

    Mr. Payne will the Phoenix Suns be over .500 this season. How much over or under? And Why?

  • Mike Welkey posted 851 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    Absolutely. Beasley has all the skill and physical gifts to be an All Star level player. It's just a matter of him staying in the right mindset.

    I loved that deal for Johnson. It allowed Phoenix to get rid of Warricks contract and the lackluster style of basketball Sun's fans have grown accustomed to from Lopez. The lowered expectations for Johnson will surely help him in Phoenix. I have been rooting for him for a while and I really hope he can find success as a Sun.

    This off-season just seems to be getting better and better! My only real problem with the roster (which there aren't many) is Frye. He has driven me nuts for the past few seasons. If they could find a way to move him I would be very happy but, I doubt that will happen.

  • Mike Welkey posted 852 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    Monta would be a nice fit, if acquired. The only downside of that would be the lack of perimeter defense which Phoenix so greatly needs.

    I hope Beasley can do well in Phoenix, he appears content and says he has his past behind him. He has a lot of potential and if all goes well he could very well be an All Star. Beasley also has a nice team around him right now which should help him be successful.

    I'm impressed with the new found youth and depth the Suns have right now. A starting lineup of Dragic, Brown, Beasley, Scola, and Gortat is very versatile. A lineup like that could bring back the old "7 seconds or less" Sun's offense. That and the bench could be become one of the better ones in the West.

    The Suns management has done far better than I would have ever expected during this off-season. A bright future should be ahead in the valley. For now, the Suns have a nice chance of getting the 8 or maybe even the 6 seed in the Playoffs.

  • Mike Welkey posted 856 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    Unhappy with the Shannon Brown resigning, it was bound to happen though. A two year deal isn't too bad at least. Hopefully the Sun's will be able to acquire a more attractive SG next year. Does this mean that Brown will be a Starter or, will Dudley start at SG and Brown will come off the bench?

    I think Brown would be better off the bench by giving them a decent scoring option. He was an absolute cancer when he started last year. The second he touched the ball all movement stopped. With Marshall in the bench unit, a more of a offensive minded player would be the best idea seeing as Kendall almost refuses to shoot.

  • Mike Welkey posted 856 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    This is definitely true. I read an article that said the Net's would like to move him so I thought he could be a solid edition for the right price. As for your input about either Frye or Dudley, I would never want to move Jared. As for Frye, I would be willing to accept a roll or quarters for him with the way he has played over the last few seasons. Haha.

    On a related note, Courtney Lee has now been moved to Boston. This is probably going to make Shannon Brown the top option to resign at SG. I personally do not want to see him back in a Sun's uniform. Are there any other possible SG's that could be acquired before the start of this season other than the for-mentioned Brooks?

  • Mike Welkey posted 858 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    That's a very reasonable trade for both teams. In my first comment I should have better elaborated on what draft picks I meant to be used in the trade. MarShon Brooks is very talented but, I would never give up 2 first rounders for him.

    These are all hypothetical's right now but, I do like the idea of being able to move Telfair. Now with the edition of Kendall Marshall, I'm not all that sure where he will fit in the lineup. I watched Marshall in the Summer League game yesterday, he was a sloppy but, there is a lot of potential there. I personally would rather him be the backup Point Guard as opposed to Telfair.

  • Mike Welkey posted 858 days ago

    Mike  Welkey

    That's a very reasonable trade for both teams. In my first comment I should better elaborated on what draft picks I meant to be used in the trade scenario. MarShon Brooks is very talented but, I would never give up 2 first rounders for him.

    These are all hypothetical's right now but, I do like the idea of being able to move Telfair. Now with the edition of Kendall Marshall, I'm not all that sure where he will fit in the lineup. I watched Marshall in the Summer League game yesterday, he was a sloppy but, there is a lot of potential there. I personally would rather him be the backup Point Guard as opposed to Telfair.

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