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From the people who brought you Hedo Turkoglu’s pizza and Rajon Rondo’s sushi and Gatorade comes Michael Beasley’s pregame meal. It’s too early to tell, but this looks to be a vital addition to the franchise.

From the NBA.com:

As Michael Beasley slammed a chicken tenders basket at his locker about 90 minutes before his Phoenix Suns were to face the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, he seemed more pleased with the savory french fries than digging up the past yet again.

“These fries are good, man,” Beasley said between shoveling handfuls of the greasy goodness into his mouth.

And how did he play with that belly full of fried food? Not too well, surprisingly.

After rifling through the chicken finger basket and dressing for the game while rapping out loud the inaudible lyrics streaming through his headphones, Beasley managed 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting and four rebounds. He recorded a team-worst minus-17 in 20 minutes and the Suns lost for the 30th time in 45 games.

Let’s just file this stuff — that Michael Beasley isn’t big on nutrition and loves snacks, that it is hard to play professional basketball well with a stomach filled with fried stuff — under “Things We Could Have Guessed About Michael Beasley.” It’ll fit in nicely with “thinks you can only sprain your ankle once” and “likes Afros.” It’s a short list, but it’s very accurate.

(via Marcel Mutoni)

Getting dunked on really sucks, I am guessing. Yeah, as a shot-blocker you expect it to happen, but that doesn’t matter when you’re leading every highlight package as the victim of some nasty slam. Doing your job becomes a little less fun when that means you’re getting humiliated by your peers.

And that’s why it’s nice that Kendrick Perkins, who has often been embarrassed by ruinous dunks in the past, was there to comfort Marcin Gortat after Kevin Durant crushed one on his head. From Valley of the Suns:

“Well, first of all, I was looking for my car keys under the basket,” Gortat said. “I was trying to find my car keys because I lost them over there, so I was just looking for it. And Michael Beasley is going to get Krispy Kremes for the rest of the season, for sure, for me.

“It happens. The funny thing is that when [Kendrick] Perkins was standing under the basket he looked at me and I looked at him, and he said, ‘I know how it feels.’ He said, ‘Guards left you on the island, huh?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’

“Listen, it happens. I am not going to deny that was probably the top three dunks of the year, right? I mean, at least, I am going to be out there. I mean, I am just going to try to be silly about it. I am not going to cry. It is just part of the game.

“When he took off off one foot, I didn’t even lift my hands up, I already knew what was going to happen. I just tried to get out of the picture, or at least smile. It was bad defense, and then bad rotation, bad help. You can’t do anything.”

If you are going to get dunked on by one of the league’s preeminent superstars, this is the perfect way to handle it. You’ve got a buddy there to talk you through your emotions, you’ve got some jokes and it sounds like you’re going to be getting free donuts for the next four months — outside of getting put on a poster, this is a pretty nice setup.

Marcin Gortat is one of the league’s best this season in blocks, blocks per game and percentage of shots blocked while he’s on the court, so it’s only natural that he’d eventually end up getting caught. Marcin Gortat nose knows that, is fine with that and probably realizes it’ll happen again someday. As long as he can continue to “be silly about it,” we can all continue to enjoy what must be the most pleasant vicious dunking-on in recent memory.

(via BDL)

Not quite the original, but I’ll take it. Basically any vestigial God Shammgod on-court reference is fine by me. Bring him back to the league for all I care.

(via Imadul Kabir)

Three game-winners last night, so choose your favorite.

Draymond Green’s “Thanks, Jarrett Jack”
This is my personal favorite because you don’t see bullet passes that lead to game-winning layups very often. I’m sure Grandma Lana agrees. Only reason I can see picking against this is that time didn’t technically expire as the shot went through.

Mo Williams’ 3-Point Bomb
Calm, cool, collected, headbandless — Mo Williams just calmly wets a pull-up three that looked a little too easy. Good defense by Danny Green, better shot by More Willy.

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Marcin Gortat used to be a valuable member of an NBA Finals team, playing backup center for the Orlando Magic that one time they got beat by the Lakers. Then he was traded to the Suns, who featured one of the greatest point guards in the history of basketball. It was a nice couple of years for the Polish Hammer.

Nowadays, he’s still a Sun, only now he’s playing with guys like Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and Michael Beasley, all fine players but no Hall of Famers. But he’s fine with that. Really. From AZCentral Sports:

“That’s business,” Gortat said. “ I learned that. And you know what? I have a sweet home in Phoenix. I’m feeling good out there, trust me. Biltmore. It’s just great. I live in the building with (Sen.) John McCain. I’ve got great teammates. I’ve got a sweet spot on the team. I’ve got a great mentor in Jermaine O’Neal. What else do you want to have? I’m in a great city.”

Yeah, like, Phoenix is totally cool, maaaaan. All the shots he wants, a great training staff, nice weather, there’s some botanical gardens, Jermaine O’Neal is there to talk about the struggles of balding big men. It’s pretty chill.

I mean, sure, maybe Marcin Gortat would like to win some more games or make the playoffs again, but for now he seems content to just vibe out with John McCain and maybe grab some ‘za at Pizzeria Bianco. There could be worse things in life than playing basketball in Phoenix. Just get him a bowling shirt and let him kick it Fieri style, because between the sweet house and the sweet spot on the team, things are looking pretty sweet for Marcin Gortat.

(via Zach Lowe)

Join me as I count down my predictions of the regular season finishes for the 2012-13 NBA season, at a rate of three teams per day. Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

27. Phoenix Suns
In the first season of the post-Nash era, Suns GM Lon Babby is wisely stockpiling draft picks and trying to create cap flexibility so that they can return to being an annual contender, as they were from the mid- to late-2000s. This season should be a difficult one in Phoenix as Goran Dragic is a significant dropoff from Nash, no matter what you think of Dragic’s skills, and there’s little reason to believe the Suns won’t have a team defense in the bottom third of the league once again.

Free agent signee Michael Beasley figures to take over the role of alpha scorer on this team, claiming, “This is the first time I’ve really been encouraged to shoot even more than I already do, and we all know that I shoot a lot.” Yeah, we sure do, Beas. This will not turn out well.

26. Cleveland Cavaliers
The 2012-13 edition of the Cavaliers have the look of a team who could get off to a brutal start to the season. Kyrie Irving has been shooting poorly in preseason as he recovers from a broken hand, rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters has struggled so far, and eight of the players on their roster have no more than one season of NBA experience. Regardless, Irving is an All-Star talent and he’ll likely remind us of that fact by the end of the season.

Anderson Varejao’s return after missing 41 games with a wrist injury last season should bolster the Cavs’ interior defence, assuming the league’s new anti-flopping rule doesn’t significantly reduce his effectiveness. Depending on how the first half of this season goes, Varejao and the $17.3 million remaining on the final two years of his contract could go on the trading block as the Cavs are following a similar strategy to what the Suns are trying to do — banking future picks and clearing cap space for future potential acquisitions.

25. Sacramento Kings
There is no better example than the Sacramento Kings of how misleading traditional counting stats can be. We see a team with three players who each averaged over 16 points per game last season (Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans), that was sixth in the NBA in points per game, and that plays a fast-paced, run-and-gun style — and some of us might think that they could turn into the new “Seven Seconds or Less” success story. Aside from the fact that current-day versions of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion in their primes are not walking through that door, there are other problems in Sactown.

Cousins seems to be a virtual lock to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, but those will be empty numbers if he can’t shoot closer to 50 percent from the field and if he doesn’t dedicate himself to becoming at least a decent defender. The Kings finished 29th in points allowed per 100 possessions last season, and Cousins will need to become more of a presence in the post if they’re going to significantly improve in that category. Meanwhile, Evans needs to shake his reputation as a shooting guard who can’t shoot — he made just 27.7 percent of his shot attempts from beyond five feet from the rim last season.

Previously in the countdown: 30-28

Next in the countdown: 24-22

First things first, the Suns’ new court is between 10 and 50 times better than their old cartoon fire basketball bird court, so thumbs up for that. Second things second, check out what the Suns’ new court looks like when you flip it, as if you were sitting on the opposite side from where the original picture was taken.

It still says Suns and you can read it perfectly. It’s brilliant. And also something only them and the Trail Blazers can say is true, but this is way more impressive since it’s a word and not just a logo that looks the same from both angles. This is the league’s best visual effect since the Raptors added those trippy fake signs on the baseline.

The Suns call it an ambigram but I call it M.C. Escher’s favorite NBA court. Very cool.