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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix

Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix

Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix
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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix




LOCKED ON SUNS 5/17/19: Recapping the NBA Draft Combine from Chicago

We discuss the latest on Jarrett Culver, Brandon Clarke, Coby White, Darius Garland and all the Suns’ options at No. 6. Then, we wade into the rumor mill with speculation from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN and Michael Pina of SB Nation regarding the Suns’ potential as a fit for the likes of Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis this summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/15/19: Zion would have looked great in purple and orange

On today’s episode, we talk our way through what just happened to the Phoenix Suns. After winning only 19 games this season, they unfortunately now don’t even have a top-5 selection falling to No. 6 overall. This had the highest probability of happening, but this scenario puts Phoenix in a predicament. If the Suns stay where they are, there are five prospects who we believe check boxes: Jarrett Culver, Darius Garland, De’Andre Hunter, Brandon Clarke, and Coby White. Would drafting either of...


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/13/19: Monty Williams analysis plus final lottery thoughts with Mason Ginsberg of Bourbon Street Shots

On today’s episode, we run through all the interesting connections taking place between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans with special guest Mason Ginsberg of Bourbon Street Shots. What type of coach are the Suns getting in Monty Williams? Ginsberg remembers the days in New Orleans, plus suggests why he will be a vastly different coach this time around. Also, how was Jeff Bower’s tenure in the Bayou? We also go over David Griffin poaching longtime Suns head trainer Aaron Nelson....


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/10/19: How to build a winning culture with Wes Goldberg of Locked On Heat

On today’s episode, we go in-depth on what exactly it takes to rebuild a culture from the ground up. What does it take to go from a losing environment to one that is conducive to winning? Wes Goldberg, co-host of Locked On Heat, knows plenty about this after watching Suns GM James Jones and other veterans remake Miami’s image to what has continued throughout the last decade. Jones is already working on remaking the Suns’ environment to his liking. Multiple changes to floor zero and the...


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/8/19: In-studio with azcentral's Greg Moore and Dana Scott on the Suns' offseason

We hop back on camera with the azcentral sports team to break down the hiring of Monty Williams, what it means for the Suns’ reputation around the league, and how the draft will impact the Suns’ future. Columnist Greg Moore and spors reporter Dana Scott join to give their perspective on the relationship between Williams and Kevin Durant as well as who they would target if the Suns were to fall out of the top two in the NBA Draft or trade back. Check out the video here:...


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/6/19: Everything you need to know about Ja Morant with Murray State beat writer Ed Marlowe

We are joined by beat writer Edward Marlowe discuss Ja Morant’s growth from freshman to sophomore year as well as the qualities that helped him lead the Racers to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Marlowe discusses how Morant was able to change his game to help Murray State win in different ways throughout the season, and why he believes the Suns are the best landing spot for Morant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/3/19: David Nash of the 7SOL pod joins to react to the Suns hiring Monty Williams

We already had David scheduled before the Monty Williams news broke, but who better to sit in on our reaction show than the preeminent Igor Kokoskov Stan? We break down how the Suns landed Williams and what it means big-picture. How will the on-court product look? What are the differences between Kokoksov and Williams? Is this a sign that Robert Sarver is taking a step back? All that before a quick look at how this move affects the rest of the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices....


LOCKED ON SUNS 5/1/19: Aaron Nelson is out as James Jones puts his mark on the Suns

We discuss the latest news on the Suns’ staff, most notably the departure of head trainer Aaron Nelson, who is heading to the Pelicans. In addition, the Suns hired analytics and development assistant Riccardo Fois from Gonzaga, potentially to replace Jake Loos, who headed the analytics and tech department in Phoenix until this summer. The Suns also are partnering with Steward Health Care and the EXOS training center as they transition away from Nelson’s staff. Does all of this show a...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/29/19: The latest news on the Suns' coaching search

We sift through the latest news on the Suns’ coaching search, including the team flying to Philadelphia and Portland this weekend to interview Monty Williams, David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbets. We discuss what might be going through Williams’ mind as he waits to choose between the Suns and Lakers jobs, as well as the impact of Gregg Popovich’s mentorship on the process. The Suns and Lakers both reportedly did not make offers to Williams over the weekend — why? Finally, thoughts on the...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/26/19: Ranking the NBA coaching vacancies

We look ahead over the coming weeks to power rank the open head coach positions around the NBA. As Robert Sarver loves to say, there are only 30 of these jobs, but where do the Suns actually sit among the other teams looking for a head coach? We contrast Phoenix’s roster, ownership and market with Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, Memphis, Cleveland and the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/24/19: The Igor aftermath with Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit

We are joined by Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit to react to the Wednesday morning press conference appearance by James Jones explaining his decision to fire Igor Kokoskov. Jones touched on the big-picture reasons for the divorce in addition to what he wants from the next coach. He also discussed his relationship with Robert Sarver and what Suns fans can expect to come out of Jeff Bower’s role in the organization. Does this change anything or is it more of the same for the Suns? Gerald...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/22/19: Emergency reaction to the firing of Igor Kokoskov

We intended to bring on Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports to discuss the biggest questions of the offseason but had to pivot as news broke during recording that the Suns had moved on from Igor Kokoskov. We break down how and why it came to this and whether this is another signal of instability or somehow part of a bigger plan. With Monty Williams reportedly the frontrunner, we ponder whether new front office executive Jeff Bower, who hired Williams to his first head-coaching position, played a...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/20/19: In-studio with Greg Moore on Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and the No. 1 pick

We are joined by columnist Greg Moore of azcentral sports to break down the stakes on lottery night as well as draft night for the Phoenix Suns as the team crosses its fingers for its second straight No. 1 pick. Moore defends his maligned column pegging Ja Morant ahead of Zion Williamson and we get into why he believes Morant makes more sense for the Suns. We also discuss some of the big-picture stories that are jumbled into this year’s draft for the Suns, including the direction of the...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/17/19: Coaching buzz, free agency thoughts and playoff inklings with Sean Deveney of Sporting News

Sean Deveney of Sporting News jumps in to talk about his reporting over the past year on the Suns. First, we break down Phoenix’s interest in Luke Walton — where it came from and whether the Suns might still fire Igor Kokoskov now despite Walton going to Sacramento. We also discuss the Suns’ rumored interest in Aaron Gordon last year and whether Gordon might be available on the trade market. Finally, some thoughts on Terry Rozier and Ricky Rubio and how their performance in the playoffs...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/15/19: Mega mailbag looking back at 2018-19 and previewing the offseason

We answered about a dozen listener questions — thanks as always — touching on everything from a look back at the Kelly Oubre deal in December to various options on draft night if the Suns fall out of the top two. We closed the show with a dive into the Suns’ options when it comes to T.J. Warren trades, as it looks like they have decided to move on from the 2014 lottery pick. Come for the analysis, stay for a discussion about Coby White’s hair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/12/19: Final report cards of the season on the Suns' supporting cast

We dole out our final grades looking back on a full season from Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson and Igor Kokoskov, three important parts of this team’s future who sit outside the spotlight. Bridges played all 82 games after being outside the rotation on opening night and led the Suns in minutes as well but will need to improve his body to take his impact to another level next season. Jackson continues to flummox us but made 38.4 percent of his 3s after the break and cut down on his turnovers....


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/11/19: Final report cards of the season on the Suns' Big 3

We analyze the final third of the season for each of the Suns’ three best players (for now) — that’s Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre Jr. Booker saw the most winning stretch of his career shortly after the All-Star break in addition to a scoring binge of historic caliber. Ayton fell off slightly as his first NBA season seemed to get to him and an ankle injury might be the fallout from the effects of stamina. Oubre looked like a whole new player on both ends and cemented himself...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/10/19: Parting thoughts from Suns players and coaches

We break down the biggest bullet points from the final Suns media availability of the year, with extended time from the whole roster as well as coach Igor Kokoskov. Kokoskov didn’t sound like a man who was worried about his job security but should he be? Deandre Ayton talked about what he wanted to get better at, Devin Booker discussed culture, and EVERYONE raved about Jamal Crawford. All that and more in our dispatch from Talking Stick Resort Arena. Learn more about your ad choices....


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/9/19: Dirk vs. Crossover plus our favorite games and moments from the 2019 Phoenix Suns season

We discuss the epic and historic battle between Dirk Nowitzki and Jamal Crawford in Dallas in the Suns’ final game of the year before diving into big-picture takeaways from the 2019 season. Crawford became the oldest player in NBA history to score 51 points while Nowitzki scored 30 in his last game at home. After the game, Nowitzki announced his retirement. It was a battle fans will always remember regardless of the game being meaningless overall. We close the show with our favorite games...


LOCKED ON SUNS 4/8/19: A wild Jeff Bower has appeared

After months of speculation about Kevin McHale taking over in Phoenix, suddenly Jeff Bower is the leading candidate for a senior front office role with the Suns. We break it all down, from his record in New Orleans and Detroit to what he might do in Phoenix. Before that, we quickly discuss a bad loss to the Rockets as well as the news that T.J. Warren will officially miss the final game of the season with his right ankle injury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices