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Executive Editor: Julie Fie · Editor: Scott Leightman · Associate Editors: D.C. Headley, Bob Sertich, Kim Sertich Cover artwork by Page One Productions · Printing by Spectrum Graphics, Inc. Photography by Barry Gossage, NBA Photos and file photos. Special thanks to Robert Harris, Jeff Munn, Sherry Reed, John Olson, Neal Walk, Jeramie McPeek, Elias Sports Bureau.

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All NBA and team insignias depicted in this publication are the property of NBA Properties, Inc. and the respective teams, and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes without the prior written consent of NBA Properties, Inc. The information contained in this publication was compiled by the Phoenix Suns and is provided as a courtesy to the press and our fans and may be used only for personal or editorial purposes. Any commercial use of this information is prohibited without the prior written consent of the Phoenix Suns. ©2002, Phoenix Suns

All times listed are local Phoenix times.

Contents

PERSONNEL Team Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 Jerry Colangelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7 Bryan Colangelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Rick Welts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Executive Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-13 Community Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Gorilla/Entertainment Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Front Office Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-20 Suns Broadcasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Basketball Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-26 PLAYERS Randy Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29-30 Alton Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-32 Tom Gugliotta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33-35 Anfernee Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-38 Casey Jacobsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Joe Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40-41 Stephon Marbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-44 Shawn Marion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45-46 Bo Outlaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47-48 Amare Stoudemire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Jake Tsakalidis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50-51 Jake Voskuhl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-53 Scott Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54-55 Training Camp Invitees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56-57 2002-03 Suns Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 How the Suns Were Built . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Phoenix Mercury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 2001-02 IN REVIEW NBA Standings/Playoff Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 NBA Team Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 NBA Award Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Suns Final Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Suns Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68-69 Key Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70-71 Suns Miscellaneous Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Top Performances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Games Missed Due to Injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Highs and Lows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Suns Season Highs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 RECORDS Suns Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78-80 Suns Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81-82 Suns Team Lows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83-84 Suns Top Nights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84-85 Opponents Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86-87 Opponents Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88-89 Opponents Team Lows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Opponents Top Nights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Phoenix Arena Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92-99 Regular Season Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100-101 Career Regular Season Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102-103 Year-by-Year Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104-109 Record Breakdowns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110-113 Streaks & Extremes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114-115 Suns Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116-117 Coaches Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Attendance History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 HISTORY Fantastic Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122-123 Year-by-Year Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124-191 All-Time Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192-223 Ring of Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224 Year-by-Year Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225-231 Draft History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232-235 2002 NBA Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236 PLAYOFFS All-Time Playoff Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-243 All-Time Playoff Breakdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 Playoff Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245 Suns Playoff Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246-247 Opponent Playoff Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248-249 Suns Career Playoff Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250-251 OPPONENTS NBA Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254 NBDL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255 National TV Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 Officials Roster/Instant Replay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257 Atlanta Hawks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258-259 Boston Celtics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260-261 Chicago Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262-263 Cleveland Cavaliers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .264-265 Dallas Mavericks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266-267 Denver Nuggets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268-269 Detroit Pistons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270-271 Golden State Warriors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272-273 Houston Rockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .274-275 Indiana Pacers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .276-277 Los Angeles Clippers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278-279 Los Angeles Lakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280-281 Memphis Grizzlies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .282-283 Miami Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284-285 Milwaukee Bucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286-287 Minnesota Timberwolves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .288-289 New Jersey Nets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .290-291 New Orleans Hornets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292-293 New York Knicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .294-295 Orlando Magic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .296-297 Philadelphia 76ers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .298-299 Portland Trail Blazers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300-301 Sacramento Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302-303 San Antonio Spurs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304-305 Seattle SuperSonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .306-307 Toronto Raptors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .308-309 Utah Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .310-311 Washington Wizards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .312-313 MISCELLANEOUS Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .314 Media Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315 America West Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .316-317 Suns Community Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318-319 NBA Community Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320

Table of

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Senior Management Committee Jerry Colangelo: Chairman, CEO & Managing General Partner Bryan Colangelo: President & General Manager Rick Welts: President & Chief Operating Officer Cotton Fitzsimmons: Sr. Executive Vice President Jim Pitman: Executive Vice President, Finance/Administration Dick Van Arsdale: Sr. Vice President, Player Personnel Harvey Shank: Sr. Vice President, Corporate Sales Thomas Ambrose: Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs Al McCoy: Sr. Vice President, Broadcasting Ray Artigue: Sr. Vice President, Marketing Communications Bob Machen: President, Sports & Entertainment Services Paige Peterson: General Manager, Sports & Entertainment Services Alvan Adams: Vice President, Facility Management Administrative Staff/Executive Staff Ruth Dryjanski: Assistant to the Chairman Jacque Alonzo: Assistant to the President, GM, COO Debbie Villa: Asst. to the Exec.V.P., Finance & Admin./Coaches Ceola Coaston: Administrative Assistant Travis Agenter, Mark Sanchez: Staff Assistant John Olson: Archivist Neal Walk: Assistant Archivist Coaching Staff Frank Johnson: Head Coach Mike D'Antoni, Marc Iavaroni: Assistant Coach Tim Grgurich, Phil Weber: Assistant Coach Todd Quinter: Assistant Coach, NBA Scout Robin Pound: Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning Medical & Training Room Staff Aaron Nelson: Head Athletic Trainer Casey Smith: Assistant Athletic Trainer Dr. Thomas Carter, Dr. Craig Phelps: Team Physician Richard Howell: Equipment Manager Joe Proski: Trainer Emeritus Dr. Richard Emerson, Dr. Paul Steingard: Team Physician Emeritus Player Personnel & Scouting Mark West: Assistant General Manager David Griffin: Assistant Director of Player Personnel Garrick Barr: Video Coordinator Ron DuBois: Assistant Video Coordinator Al Bianchi, John Shumate, Rex Chapman: College Scout Tim Shea: International Scouting Consultant Ed Tapscott: Consultant Kevin Tucker: Director of Security Basketball Communications Julie Fie: Vice President, Basketball Communications Scott Leightman: Director, Basketball Communications D.C. Headley: Manager, Basketball Communications Sherry Reed: Assistant to the Sr. V.P., Public Affairs/Basketball Communications Corporate Sales Lynn Agnello: Vice President of Corporate Sales Heidi Coupland: Director of Corporate Services Tom Hecht: Director of Corporate Sales Angela Yock: Corporate Services Business Representative Jenn Sawinski: Corporate Services Account Representative Andrea Gerdes: Corporate Services Account Coordinator Leah Staten: Corporate Graphics Assistant Kip Helt: Director of Game Operations Paul Smith: Mascot Coordinator Maggie Garcia: Dance Team Coordinator Shaun Stanhibel: Game Operations Assistant Connie Wallen: Assistant to the Sr. V.P., Corporate Sales Rob Hart: Producer, Suns Vision Hap Hopper: Electronic Graphics Producer Kevin Bonham: Electronic Graphics Coordinator Community Relations Rob Harris: Vice President, Community Relations Megan Jones: Community Relations Manager Jamie Morris: Community Relations Coordinator Keith Zaborski: Program Director, Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury Tom Chambers: Community Relations Speakers Bureau Connie Hawkins: Community Relations Speakers Bureau Marketing Communications Jim Brewer: Vice President, Fan Development & Retention Jeramie McPeek: Director of Publishing Dustin Krugel: Publishing Assistant Kurt Pollex: Customer Services Manager Bonnie Meadows: Executive Assistant to Sr. Vice President Angela Woods: Graphic Designer/Production Artist Marta Quiban: Projects & Traffic Manager Public Relations Debra Stevens: Vice President, Public Relations & Executive Director, Suns Charities Glenna Martinez: Administrative Assistant Suns Productions Dan Siekmann: Producer/Director Suns Television Bob Adlhoch: Producer, Suns Television Tom Leander: Producer/Talent David Hughes: Producer Marc Goldberg: Producer David Grapentine: Videographer Television UPN 45: Al McCoy, Play-by-Play; Eddie Johnson, Color Cox9 (Cable): Gary Bender, Play-by-Play; Cotton Fitzsimmons, Color Radio KTAR 620 AM: Al McCoy, Play-by-Play; Eddie Johnson, Color KPHX 1480 AM (Spanish): Gabriel Trujillo, Play-by-Play; Enrique Lopez, Color

Team

Legal Tom O'Malley: Vice President & General Counsel Nona Lee: Associate General Counsel Melissa Santello: Paralegal Information Services William Bolt: Vice President, Information Services Greg Gleason: Information Services Manager Michael McDonald: Information Services Technician Michelle Butler: Administrative Assistant/Desk Dispatcher Finance Kel Hansen: Phoenix Arena Sports Controller Jon Phillips: Suns Controller Pam Greenfield: Facilities Controller Sheila Guy: Payroll Manager Debbie Gelvin: Accounts Receivable Manager Bridget Black: Accounting Manager Sylvia Lopez, Robyn Richardson, Shawn Higgs: Accounts Payable Lynn Balzer: Accounts Receivable Eileen Bernatawicz: Senior Payroll Specialist Celeste Alcantara, Gail Finley: Staff Accountant Marie Borseth: Accounts Receivable Terry Garza, Anna Heffron: Payroll Specialist Michele Vujs: Payroll Tax Accountant

Connie Rohrman: Director of Ticket Operations Sean Stilwell: Assistant Director of Ticket Operations Scott Podleski: Assistant Director of Ticket Operations Brett Wojtulewicz: Suns Ticket Manager Esther Aparicio: Season Ticket Account Manager Paulene Tullie-Porter: Ticket Accounting Supervisor Roseann Murphy: Accounting Clerk Michael Hocker: Ticket Office Manager Geoff Rudolph: Assistant Ticket Manager Aaron Rideau: Ticket Office Assistant Mary Jo Shank, Craig Sheppard: Account Service Representative Mercedes Ortiz: Administrative Assistant Suite Services Charlene Sprehe: Director of Suite Services Trent Dutry: Senior Event Manager Donald Jones: Assistant Event Manager Holly MacLeod: Suite Ticket Manager Michael Pettit: Suite Services Account Representative Human Resources Peter Wong: Director, Human Resources Karen Rausch: Assistant Director, Human Resources Joric McLean: Benefits Manager Jonathan Tellez: Employment Manager Tim Bass: Training Manager Valerie Duckett: Employment & Benefits Coordinator Laura Burrows-Kriplean: Administrative Assistant

America West Arena

Arena Operations George Bevans: Vice President, Security & Risk Management Russ Amaral: Vice President, Event Services Cathey Moses: Vice President of Marketing Ralph Marchetta: Vice President of Entertainment Vicki Berryman: Director of Telecommunications Brian Wiley: Director of Engineering Oscar McLaurin: Director of Building Services David Mitchell: Director of Purchasing Jon Bloom: Director of Security Jim Bochenek: Director of Event Operations Jennifer Irish: Suns Event Coordinator Kurt Kleinknecht: Guest Services Manager Brian Proud: Marketing Coordinator David Case: Mail Room Manager Gerri Sandy: Executive Assistant Christine Gaintner: Executive Assistant/Office Manager Laura Calabres: Receptionist Sales & Tickets John Walker: Vice President, Ticket Operations & Sales Drew Cloud: Suns Director of Sales Chris Montgomery: SES Director of Sales Grant Conway: Luxury Suite Sales Manager Voltaire Ojastro: Suns Inside Sales Manager Scott Worden: Suns Group Sales Coordinator Geoff Budoff: Suns Season Ticket Sales Coordinator Bret Fishkind: Suns Suite Sales Coordinator Scott Cabaniss: Suns Season Ticket Sales Account Executive Buddy O'Donnell: Suns Season Ticket Sales Account Executive Jennifer MacDonald: Suns Group Sales Account Executive Jeremy Walls: Suns Group Sales Account Executive Steve Carlson: Suns Group Sales Account Executive Mark Gretter: SES Season Ticket Sales Coordinator Dan Harwood: SES Season Ticket Sales Account Executive Russ Terao: SES Season Ticket Sales Account Executive Dan Berman: SES Group Sales Coordinator Nicki Bowen, Michele Fidler, Tracy Reuter: SES Group Sales Account Executive Jan Forshee: Sales Receptionist

Game Night Personnel

Jeff Munn: Arena Announcer Barry Gossage: NBA Photos Statistical Crew Jerry Heck: Official Scorer Fred Ciarico: Official Timer Don Hawthorne: 24-Second Clock Operator Rick Showers: Scoreboard Operator Pat Gehm, Ron Amstutz, Jeff Hosterman: Statistics Crew Eric Hodgson: Broadcast Statistician Game Night Assistants Sue Laskovsky, Andrew Wright, Cassie McConnell, Lindsay Richardson, Jake Downey

Associated Companies' Department Heads

Mark Chance: General Manger, Downtown Digital Post Bob Nanberg: Vice President, Merchandising ­ Team Shops Seth Sulka: Vice President, Phoenix Mercury

Other Information

Home Court: America West Arena (19,023), opened 1992 Address: 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Single-game prices: $95 (club seats), $85, $70, $60, $36, $32, $29, $25, $10 Game Times: 7 p.m., 6 p.m. on Sundays Team Colors: Purple, Orange & Black Phoenix Suns Ticket Office: (602) 379-7867 Phoenix Suns Executive Office: (602) 379-7900 Phoenix Suns Basketball Communications: (602) 379-7920 Phoenix Suns Basketball Communications FAX: (602) 379-7908 Phoenix Suns Executive Office FAX: (602) 379-7922 America West Arena Executive Office: (602) 379-2000 Internet Address: www.Suns.com

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Colangelo

Chairman,CEO and Managing General Partner

Throughout his storied career as a sports executive, Jerry Colangelo has succeeded with a unique combination of know-how on the basketball court and on the business side of the operation. That savvy and experience has made Colangelo one of the top owners in professional sports. Colangelo's impact on the sports scene in Phoenix has been so great that The Arizona Republic named him the Most Influential Sports Figure in the state of Arizona for the 20th century and The Phoenix Business Journal voted him the top businessperson in the Valley for the last five years. Nationally, he has been ranked among The Sporting News "most powerful people" in sports for the last nine years. Most recently, Colangelo was named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2002. Since first moving to the Valley of the Sun in 1968 to take over Phoenix expansion NBA franchise as the youngest general manager in professional sports, Colangelo has molded the Phoenix Suns into one of the most successful organizations ­ on and off the court ­ in the NBA. In addition, he brought Major League Baseball to the Valley in 1998 and serves as Managing General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colangelo also was the key element in facilitating the move of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets to become the Phoenix Coyotes. Currently the Chairman of the NBA's Board of Governors, Colangelo has had influence on the growth of the NBA as a member of the league's Finance Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Expansion Committee and Competition and Rules Committee. Commissioner David Stern turned to Colangelo to chair a special group in the 2000-01 season that evaluated the state of the game and made rules modifications. Colangelo was also the chair of the committee that welcomed Toronto and Vancouver to the NBA and chair of the relocation committee charged with the Charlotte Hornets move to New Orleans. With the Suns, his roles have included general manager, head coach, president and chairman, chief executive officer and managing general partner. His 34-year tenure with one franchise is the second-longest in the NBA, behind only Boston's Red Auerbach, who has been an NBA fixture since the league's inception in 1946. Colangelo spent two seasons with the Chicago Bulls working as marketing director, scout and assistant to the president before moving to the Valley to help start the expansion Suns. Phoenix owns the fourth-best all-time NBA winning percentage with a 1509-1247 (.548) mark, trailing only the Lakers (.619, 2621-1616), Boston (.601, 2612-1735) and San Antonio (.570, 1196-904). In 2001-02 the Suns became the fourth-fastest franchise to reach 1,500 wins (2,730 games). Colangelo collected an unprecedented four NBA Executive of the Year awards (1993, '89, '81, '76) and the Suns enjoyed seven consecutive 50-plus win seasons from 1988 to 1995, including a franchise-best 62 wins in 1992-93 and a trip to the 1993 NBA Finals. On two occasions Colangelo stepped in to coach the Suns, including the 1969-70 season when he guided the club to a 24-20 mark down the stretch and to its first playoff appearance. He also took over in 1972-73 and compiled a 35-40 mark. Overall, Colangelo is 59-60 as an NBA coach. The state of the franchise was in question in 1987 but Colangelo stepped up and coordinated a group of investors that purchased the club for $44.5 million on October 14, 1987. That transaction was the first of many that helped Colangelo not only stabilize the basketball organization but also transform downtown Phoenix into an active and thriving district. Colangelo quickly moved on a new arena for the Suns and the city of Phoenix in April 1989 approved the concept of a new, state-of-the-art downtown arena. The 19,023-seat America West Arena opened in June 1992 and became one of the first venues in the NBA to also house a full-size practice facility, an amenity now common in the league. The arena is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix and has played host to a wide variety of concerts, family shows and sporting events, including the 1995 NBA All-Star Game and the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game. America West Arena is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation that will be completed in three phases and include the addition of an entertainment paseo, a new Platinum Club and a new entrance to the facility. Colangelo added to his NBA involvement with a position on the founding committee for the WNBA, helping advance professional women's basketball in the United States. The Phoenix Mercury were one of the WNBA's inaugural teams in 1997. The Mercury set a league attendance record in their first season, advanced to the 1998 WNBA Finals and have qualified for the playoffs three times.

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When a group targeted Major League Baseball as a possibility for the Valley of the Sun, Colangelo was asked to become the lead player in securing a team. That bid was successful in 1995 and shortly thereafter Bank One Ballpark broke ground in downtown Phoenix in a public-private partnership with Maricopa County. As with the NBA, Colangelo is involved with the governing of baseball, serving on the Legislative Committee, Equal Opportunity Committee and on the board of MLB Advanced Media, the league's technology arm. The Arizona Diamondbacks began play in 1998 and captured the 2001 World Series in a historic seven-game series against the New York Yankees. Going from expansion team to World Champion in just four years was a record for Major League Baseball. Arizona won the National League West in its second season to be the fastest expansion team in history to qualify for the postseason, just as the Suns did in their second season in 1969-70. With the signing of players like Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Matt Williams and Luis Gonzalez the Diamondbacks have quickly become a desired destination in professional baseball. Just down the street from the sports facilities, the Dodge Theatre opened in April 2002 and hosts a variety of events from concerts to Broadway plays, including boxing, family shows and corporate events. This $35 million downtown venue has the versatility to expand its capacity to as large as 5,000 or scale down to an intimate 3,000 and is another project spearheaded by Colangelo. Colangelo's commitment to the Valley transcends sports and he is well-known as one of the city's most active community leaders. He is currently chairman of the board of the Council of Leadership Education and Collaboration for a New Century, is vice president of the Phoenix Downtown Partnership and was a leader in the establishment of Employers Against Domestic Violence. Colangelo has served on the board of directors of the Phoenix Art Museum, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix Community Alliance, Southwest Leadership Foundation, Athletes in Action and Phoenix Suns Charities. He is a lifetime member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Phoenix through sports. In addition, he is past chairman of Arizona State University's Dean's Council of 100 and the Honor Board for Junior Achievement of Central Arizona, served as president of Valley Big Brothers and was chairman of the board of the Christian Businessmen's Club. As campaign chair for United Way in 1994, Colangelo raised the standard for community fundraising when he secured pledges for $25 million. The author of a book titled "How You Play the Game," Colangelo gives insight into the world of the business of sports and his own life. Proceeds of the book sales go to YoungLife of Arizona, Phoenix Suns Charities and Arizona Diamondbacks Charities. Colangelo prepped at Bloom Township High in Chicago Heights, Ill., where he was All-State in basketball as a senior. A left-hander, Colangelo was the top pitcher on the baseball team that also featured former Yankee hurler Jim Bouton. Upon graduation he had 66 scholarship offers for college basketball and seven for professional baseball contracts. He enrolled at the University of Kansas, but transferred after Wilt Chamberlain left the Jayhawks for a pro contract. Colangelo went to the University of Illinois, where he earned All-Big Ten honors, captained the Illini as a senior and was later inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. He also played two years of baseball at Illinois. Born November 20, 1939, Colangelo grew up in the "Hungry Hill" neighborhood of Chicago Heights. His ties to "The Heights" and Bloom Township are evident in the Jerry Colangelo Gymnasium, dedicated in his honor November 10, 1996, and Colangelo Way, a street named after him. Currently under construction in Chicago is the Colangelo Center which will house the Italian-American Athletic Hall of Fame. He and wife Joan have four children: Kathy Holcombe, Kristen Brubaker, Bryan, Mandie Okyere along with six granddaughters and four grandsons, all of Phoenix.

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President and General Manager

The 2002-2003 campaign marks Bryan Colangelo's 15th season with the Suns, fourth as team president and eighth as general manager. Colangelo, 37, oversees all basketball operations of the NBA club and he also serves as an alternate governor on the NBA's Board of Governors. The summer of 2002 was busier than normal both on and off the basketball floor as Colangelo completely revamped the front office and coaching staffs. Highly-respected sports executive Rick Welts was hired to oversee the club's business operations as president and chief operating officer, Frank Johnson signed a three-year contract as head coach and NBA veterans Mike D'Antoni, Tim Grgurich and Mark Iavaroni were successfully recruited as new assistant coaches. The Suns draft of 2002 was also highly regarded by executives and media members throughout the NBA following impressive summer league debuts by first round picks Amare Stoudemire (9th overall) and Casey Jacobsen (22nd overall). In April 2001, Colangelo was named to the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Committee for a four-year term charged with selecting teams for the 2001 Goodwill Games (Brisbane, Australia), the 2002 World Championship of Basketball (Indianapolis, Indiana) and the 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece). Colangelo's accomplishments and influence in sports and business were recognized nationally when he was named to the "40 under 40" group by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal in 2000. Closer to home, he was selected the top business leader under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal in 1999. During Colangelo's tenure as general manager, the Suns have appeared in the NBA playoffs six of the last seven seasons while posting an overall record of 304-238 (.561). Through various trades and free agent moves, Colangelo has brought some of the league's best and most recognizable players to the Suns including All-NBA/All-Stars Tom Gugliotta, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Stephon Marbury and Antonio McDyess. Despite the team's success, the Suns have taken advantage of mostly late first round picks to select top-flight NBA players like Shawn Marion, Michael Finley and Steve Nash. Colangelo, who represents the Suns on the NBA's Competition Committee, previously held the positions of scout, assistant director of player personnel, and vice president/assistant general manager with the Suns, where he was directly involved in all aspects of player personnel, including evaluation, draft selection and transactions. He also served as tournament director of the NIKE Desert Classic, an annual college All-Star basketball tournament held in Phoenix, from 1993 through 2001. In addition to his responsibilities with the Suns, Colangelo served as president of Phoenix Arena Sports (PAS), the owning entity of the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League) and the operating entity of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) from June 1991 through June 2002. He was in charge of the business administration, team operations and marketing sales of the Rattlers, Mercury and other exhibition events including tennis, hockey, indoor soccer, boxing and volleyball. Highlights of his involvement with PAS include the 1997 and 1994 (the state of Arizona's first) World Championship campaigns of the Rattlers, setting the league attendance mark with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA's inaugural season, overseeing the Mercury's run into the 1998 WNBA Finals and his selection as the AFL's 1993 Executive of the Year. The Rattlers also won the AFL Commissioner's Award as the top franchise on and off the field for an unprecedented five-straight years from 1996 to 2000. A 1983 graduate of Central High in Phoenix, Colangelo remains an active community leader. He serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Sports Council (Grand Canyon State Games), Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Phoenix Suns Charities, Phoenix Art Museum and he recently completed a post on the board of directors of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and has served as co-chair of the annual Black Family Crisis Dinner. Appointed by Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza in 1999, Colangelo just completed a three year term as an executive committee member and vice chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and in 1997 he was presented with the Unsung Hero Award by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. He was also appointed by Governor Jane Hull to serve on the Education 2000 Committee. A 1987 graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor of science degree in business management and applied economics, Colangelo and his wife Barbara are parents of a son, Mattia and a daughter, Sofia.

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President and Chief Operating Officer

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One of the most respected executives in professional sports, Rick Welts joined the Phoenix Suns in the newly-created position of President and Chief Operating Officer on July 1, 2002. In his role he directly supervises all business operations of the Phoenix Suns and will generally oversee the club's interests in Phoenix Arena Development, managing company of America West Arena, and Phoenix Arena Sports, owning entity of the Arizona Rattlers (AFL) and operating entity of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). Welts served successful stints previously in professional basketball with the NBA league office and the Seattle SuperSonics. His association with the NBA office spanned from 1982-99 until he departed as the league's executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. Welts helped guide the revitalization of the league and its image through strong marketing initiated by the NBA and he is credited with the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend concept in 1984, now a league highlight and a standard in both the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. He was also responsible for the 1992 Olympics "Dream Team" marketing program as the agent for USA Basketball. In 1998, Brandweek magazine named Welts "Marketer of the Year" for his role in creating and launching the WNBA. It was an honor he shared with WNBA President Val Ackerman. During his tenure at the NBA office Welts supervised league departments including corporate sponsorship and media sales, consumer products, media relations, community relations, team services, special events, creative services and retail including the NBA Store and the "NBA City" restaurant. He was also responsible for the NBA's international business activities, from placing preseason games in foreign countries to opening the league's first international office in Australia to supervising six regional offices and 75 international employees in Asia, Europe, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Recruited in 1982 by David Stern, then the NBA's executive vice president for business and legal affairs, Welts joined the NBA as director of national promotions for NBA Properties (NBAP). He established the corporate sponsorship department for the league and in 1983 was named vice president of marketing, NBAP. When Stern became NBA Commissioner in February 1984, he promoted Welts to vice president, marketing and communications. Four years later he was promoted again to president of NBA Properties, responsible for virtually all the league's off-court revenue businesses and marketing activities. He added the title of NBA executive vice president & chief marketing officer in 1996. Welts entered the world of the NBA in 1969 as a ball boy for the Seattle SuperSonics. He remained with the Sonics for 10 years in several different capacities, including director of public relations during Seattle's back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals and the club's NBA Championship in 1979. Following his stint with the Sonics he moved in 1979 to Bob Walsh & Associates, one of the first sports marketing firms in the United States. As vice president, he was involved in creating the first sports subscription cable service (Sonics SuperChannel) as well as representing athletes in the NBA, MLB and NFL. Welts left the NBA in June 1999 to become President of Fox Sports Enterprises, a group that managed Fox interests in facilities and sports teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. In June 2001 along with two partners, Casey Wasserman and Gary Stevenson, Welts became a partner in a sports consulting firm, ONSPORT. Prior to that start-up venture he served as president for one year of "First In Line," a joint venture between USA Network's TicketMaster & SFX. A native of Seattle, Welts was born on Jan. 21, 1953 and attended the University of Washington.

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Senior Executive Vice President

Lowell "Cotton" Fitzsimmons, one of the NBA's most colorful personalities, again joins the Suns broadcast team to provide color analysis for Cox9 Sports broadcasts during home games. During his 20-year NBA coaching career that began in 1970, Cotton compiled a record of 832-775 (.518), finishing his career sixth on the NBA all-time victory list. He is currently eighth on the chart behind Jack Ramsay (864-783), Dick Motta (935-1,017), Red Auerbach (938-479), Bill Fitch (944-1,106), Don Nelson (1,036-806), Pat Riley (1,085-512) and Lenny Wilkens (1,268-1,056). He serves as senior executive vice president, a position he has held since 1992, as a consultant in overall team operations. He was color analyst on KTAR Radio and KUTP-TV broadcasts alongside voice of the Suns Al McCoy starting in 1992 until returning to the bench in January 1996. After turning over the coaching duties to Danny Ainge in November 1996, he returned to the broadcast booth. Cotton has also worked on national television on playoff telecasts (TNT and NBC). A two-time NBA Coach of the Year (1979 with Kansas City and 1989 with Phoenix), Cotton left the sidelines following the 1991-92 season after guiding Phoenix to four straight 50-plus win seasons and two trips to the Western Conference Finals (1989, '90). Fitzsimmons recorded his 800th career victory March 31, 1992 versus Portland, the sixth coach in NBA history to reach that milestone. In 1989-90, the Suns, 54-28, advanced to the Western Conference Finals after defeating the Lakers for the first time in a playoff series. The season included a stretch of 19-straight wins at home and 10-straight in January. The 1988-89 Suns won 27 more games than the previous season (55-27), at the time the third-biggest turnaround in NBA history. Fitzsimmons was named Coach of the Month for April and was ultimately honored as Coach of the Year by the NBA, The Sporting News and Basketball Weekly. Cotton was named head coach of the Suns for the second time May 10, 1988, a year after being named the club's first director of player personnel. His NBA career began with Phoenix in 1970 and finished 97-67 in two seasons. From 1978-84 he coached the Kansas City Kings and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1979 after a first-place finish in the Midwest Division. He then coached San Antonio from 1984-86 and led them to the playoffs in each of those seasons. Prior to joining the Kings, he coached the Buffalo Braves for one season (1977-78) and Atlanta for four seasons (1972-76). During 1976-77, he served as director of player personnel for the Golden State Warriors. Cotton began his coaching career in 1958 at Moberly (MO) Junior College. In nine seasons, he amassed a 223-59 (.791) record, won JUCO titles in 1966 and 1967 and was named Coach of the Year twice. He moved to Kansas State as an assistant to Fred "Tex" Winter and took over as head coach in 1968. Named Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1970, he led the Wildcats to the Big Eight Championship and the NCAA Regional semifinals. Cotton was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988, the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. In 1995 he was named NAIA Alumnus of the Year. Born October 7, 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri, he and wife JoAnn reside in Phoenix. His son, Gary, is the assistant general manager/basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. He is the grandfather of Tim and Kelly.

Jim Pitman

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

Jim Pitman is in his fourth season as executive vice president of finance and administration, overseeing all accounting, finance, legal, information systems, and insurance aspects of the organization. The Suns' NBA finance chief also assists with salary cap management and supervises the other business operations of the Suns. In addition, Pitman manages the Phoenix Suns Athletic Club, Downtown Digital Post (in-house production company) and Team Shops (retail merchandising stores). Pitman also serves as treasurer of Phoenix Suns Charities and is a board member of the Orpheum Theater Foundation and the America West Airlines Education Foundation. Coming to the Suns in 1992 as assistant controller, he moved up to corporate controller and vice president of finance before his most recent promotion. Prior to the Suns, he spent nearly five years in the audit division of the Phoenix office of Arthur Andersen with client responsibility in the professional sports, hospitality, and wholesale distribution industries. A native of Rio, Illinois, Pitman is a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a degree in accounting. Pitman and his wife Linda live in Phoenix. He has two children, Amy (9) and Kyle (7) and lists basketball, softball and golf as his favorite out-of-office activities.

Tom Ambrose

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Tom Ambrose celebrates his 30th season with the Suns, his fifth as senior vice president of public affairs after 11 years as vice president of public relations. In 1996, he was honored with the Splaver/McHugh "Tribute to Excellence" Award, given by the NBA Public Relations Directors Association (NBAPRDA) to a public relations director who demonstrates the finest characteristics of public relations during his career. Ambrose, a 23-year member of the Public Relations Society of America, was founder and first president of the NBAPRDA, authoring its code of ethics. He was instrumental in the founding of Phoenix Suns Charities and currently serves on the foundation's board. Ambrose initiated the Suns' Fastbreak Magazine in 1988 and in 1992, he co-authored the book, A Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Phoenix Suns. Voted the Western Conference's top public relations director in 1983, Ambrose also won an Emmy for his work on the Suns' 1981-82 highlight film, "The Dream Season." He was honored as a "Leader of Distinction" by the Anti-Defamation League in 2000, the Jesse Owens Award from the Phoenix Memorial Hospital Foundation and was named "Marketer of the Year" by the Phoenix Chapter of the March of Dimes in the same year. He is involved in many community organizations including the Arizona Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports; Phoenix Zoo; American Heart Association; United Blood Services; Community Care Connections; the Drugs Don't Work in Arizona program and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Following a public relations position with The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette, he joined the Suns as public relations director prior to the 1973-74 season. He served in that capacity through 1987-88 before being elevated to vice president. Born April 6, 1948 in New Rochelle, New York, Ambrose earned a bachelor's in English from Notre Dame in 1970. He and wife, Alice, have one daughter, Casey (26). He enjoys scuba diving, aviation, and travel.

Mark West

Assistant General Manager

One of the most popular Phoenix Suns on the court moved into the front office last summer as Mark West joined the club as assistant general manager. In his role, West works with team President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo carrying out a range of duties focusing on the business of basketball, player relations and development, and community representation. West, who has been a licensed stock broker since 1992, was a member of the Suns from 1988-94 and then again in the 1999-2000 season. The 6-10 center played in 543 regular season and 69 playoff games for Phoenix. While a Sun, he had averages of 6.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and shot .613 from the field, higher than his career marks of 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and .580 from the field. He is currently second in NBA history in field goal percentage (.580), trailing only Artis Gilmore's .599 rate, and West led the NBA in shooting in 1989-90 when he shot .625 from the field. West came to the Suns with Kevin Johnson in a trade with Cleveland on February 25, 1988 and Phoenix had a 335-180 (.650) record from 1988-89 to 1993-94 with at least 53 victories in each season and a run to the 1993 NBA Finals. In addition to his tenure with Phoenix, West played for Dallas, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit and Indiana. Born November 5, 1960 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, West graduated from Old Dominion in 1983 with a degree in finance. He and his wife Elaina have two sons, Markus (7) and Markyle (5).

Ray Artigue

Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications

An Arizona native, Ray Artigue joined the Suns in 1991 and is in his fifth season as senior vice president of marketing communications. Artigue directs the marketing department responsible for research and planning, advertising, public relations, community relations, ticket sales and fan loyalty and retention programs for the Suns. Prior to his marketing responsibilities, Artigue served eight years as general manager of S.R.O. Communications, the Suns' former in-house advertising and public relations agency. S.R.O. provided diversified marketing and public relations services for the Suns, AFL's Arizona Rattlers, MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, America West Arena and Bank One Ballpark, as well as numerous outside clients. In 1987, he founded Evans/Artigue Public Relations, which became one of the Valley's largest PR agencies. A graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Artigue was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. A member of the Public Relations Society of America Counselors Academy, he won P.R.S.A.'s 1991 PERCY award for career achievement and was named 1994 Advertising Person of the Year by the Phoenix Ad Club. He co-authored a college textbook, Public Relations Campaigns and Tactics: Building Bridges Into the 21st Century, and teaches in the Sports Business MBA program and Cronkite School at ASU. Artigue enjoys spending time with wife, Martha, and their two children: Jessica (18) and Joseph (11).

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Al McCoy

Senior Vice President, Broadcasting

When Al McCoy first hit the air on September 27, 1972, Valley fans had something special. From "Shazam" to "zing go the strings" to "heartbreak hotel," McCoy has cultivated an unparalleled style. He celebrates his 31st season with the Suns, and will call play-by-play action on KTAR Radio and UPN45. McCoy's term with the Suns is the longest with one team among current NBA broadcasters, after the passing of the legendary Chick Hearn in August 2002. He was honored with a Silver Circle Award from the Arizona chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Museum of Broadcasting. McCoy's broadcasting career began in 1951 at KJFJ Radio in Webster City, IA. In 1958, he arrived in Arizona to do play-by-play for the Triple-A Phoenix Giants baseball club. He has also covered Phoenix Roadrunners hockey, Arizona State football and basketball and filled in as a back-up for the Arizona Diamondbacks. A native of Williams, Iowa, McCoy received his degree in drama-speech from Drake University and performed graduate work at the University of Iowa. In 1994, McCoy received Drake's Alumni Achievement Award. He and wife Georgia, a Valley artist, have three sons: Mike, and twins Jay and Jerry. A culinary critic, he is the club's expert on gourmet restaurants around the league. McCoy is an accomplished jazz pianist as well.

Jim Brewer

Vice President, Fan Development and Retention

In his 13th season with the Suns, Jim Brewer oversees fan development and retention efforts ­ including traditional and online publishing projects, season ticket holder retention programs, special events, and other fan-oriented programming. Formerly director of publications for the Suns and editor of Suns' Fastbreak magazine, Brewer directed the launch of Suns.com and was co-author of the Suns' 25th anniversary book. Born Oct. 1, 1967, he attended Arizona State University, where he is a faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He and his wife, Kathy, have three daughters ­ Katie (9), Jenny (7) and Mary (2).

Julie Fie

Vice President, Basketball Communications

Julie Fie, a respected 21-year veteran of the NBA's public relations community, joined the team in September of 1992. As the club's liaison between media, team management and players, Fie is responsible for media interviews and requests locally, nationally and internationally and for game-night press accommodations, news conferences and production of press releases, media guides, game notes and statistics. Fie was involved in hosting the 1993 NBA Finals and the 1995 NBA All-Star Weekend. After six seasons as media relations director, Fie was promoted to vice president of basketball communications in July 1998. A former member of the NBA's Public Relations Advisory Board, Fie joined the Kansas City Kings in 1981 as assistant public relations director. She was elevated to director the following season and moved with the club to Sacramento in 1985, and remained there until joining the Suns in 1992. A communications graduate from Iowa State University, Fie spent two years as an undergraduate with the ISU sports information department. She is a native of Jefferson, IA.

Harvey Shank

Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales

Harvey Shank enters his 32nd season with the Suns and his fifth as senior vice president of corporate sales. Responsible for selling radio and television advertising packages, along with signage packages in America West Arena, Shank was elevated to vice president in 1987 after eight seasons as director of marketing. He began with the Suns prior to the 1971-72 season as assistant sales and promotions manager. A native of Toronto, Canada, Shank is a 1968 graduate of Stanford University with a political science degree. He pitched four years in the California Angels organization. Shank, an avid photographer, had one of his pictures featured on the cover of a national publication, Nature Photographer magazine. In addition, he enjoys golf and sports a two-handicap. Shank was married in 1988 to his wife, Maryse. His son, Jon, played baseball at Stanford. Shank is an advisor on the Fresh Start Men's Board, active in Living Streams Christian Church and was on the Crisis Nursery Board.

Tom O'Malley

Vice President and General Counsel

Tom O'Malley is in his fourth season with the Suns as the chief legal officer for the NBA club as well as the organization's other entities, the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, America West Arena and Team Shops. O'Malley worked for the law firm Fennemore Craig and represented businesses in all facets of commercial law. While with the firm Gallagher and Kennedy he assisted in the drafting of documents for Bank One Ballpark and also worked on cases related to trademark infringement, fraud and breach of contract. O'Malley was a founder of Insight Computers, growing the company from five employees to multi-million dollars in sales in four years. O'Malley graduated from the University of Kansas in 1987 before attending the University of Arizona Law School. He and his wife Laura are parents of Erin (6) and Tara (5).

Dick Van Arsdale

Senior Vice President, Player Personnel

Dick Van Arsdale has been with the club since its inception in 1968. "The Original Sun" served as a player, television commentator, head coach and now is in his fifth season as senior vice president of player personnel after five years as vice president. After 15 seasons as Suns color analyst, Van Arsdale was vice president of basketball operations in 1987. He was interim head coach for the final 26 games of the 1986-87 season and led Phoenix to 12 wins in the final 15 games and a 14-12 mark. Van Arsdale, an NBA All-Rookie pick in 1965, was the Suns first selection in the 1968 NBA Expansion Draft from New York. He scored the first point in Suns history and finished with 12,060 points in nine seasons as a Sun. In 12 NBA seasons, Van Arsdale played in three All-Star Games and totaled 15,079 points. His Suns jersey (5) was retired on November 13, 1977, against Indiana. Born February 22, 1943, "Van" and his twin, Tom, shared Mr. Basketball honors as seniors at Manual High in Indianapolis and both were All-America at Indiana University. He and wife Barbara are parents of Jill and Jason, and have a grandson Will and two granddaughters on the way.

Debra Stevens

Vice President, Public Relations

Debra Stevens begins her 12th season with the Suns organization and currently serves as vice president of public relations and executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities, which grants more than $500,00 annually to Arizona non-profits. Stevens joined the Suns organization in 1991 as director of public relations for America West Arena where she established the marketing communications program and directed the grand opening celebrations for the new facility. She then served six years as director of public relations for S.R.O. Communications before joining the Suns front office in 1999. Stevens serves on the board of community groups such as Christian Family Care Agency, Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Salvation Army. She has been honored as a Business Journal 40 Under 40 and is a recipient of the Women of Distinction award. Stevens graduated from Arizona State University and she and her husband, Chris, are parents of Kyle and Joel.

Lynn Agnello

Vice President, Corporate Sales

Lynn Agnello joined the Suns as vice president of corporate sales midway through the 2000-01 season and is responsible for creating and selling new corporate partnerships and servicing existing sponsors. Agnello served as national sales manager for CableRep, handling media sales for 49 networks including every major sport available on cable. Her experience includes eight years as national sales manager for 99.9 KESZ where she participated in Arizona Cardinals broadcast sponsorship sales. Agnello is active in the Maricopa County Sports Commission, Soroptomists and Fresh Start Women's Foundation. Born and raised in Goshen, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University, she and her husband Michael have one son, Dominick.

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Robert Harris

Vice President, Community Relations

Robert Harris enters his 11th season and is responsible for managing the team's community relations programs ­ Suns Nite Hoops, Read to Achieve, Banner Wheelchair Suns, Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury Youth Basketball League ­ charitable donations and coordinating current and former player appearances. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Life Teen Program, Better Business Bureau, Suns Nite Hoops, Communities in Schools and Cox Charities and is a member of the advisory board for HomeBase Youth Services. Harris is in his fifth season as vice president following six years as community relations director. Prior to the Suns, he worked three years for the Phoenix-based public affairs firm, Nelson, Robb, DuVal and DeMenna. Born in Chicago, Harris moved to Arizona and attended Brophy College Prep and Arizona State University. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in political science.

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Position: C. G. O. (Chief Gorilla Officer) Height: 5' Ape" Weight: 350 (All muscle) Years Pro: 22 (Gorilla years ­ 48) High School: Hairy Truman (Mon-Key West, FL) College: Fur-man University `80 Acquired: Signed as a flea agent in 1980

The Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the dean of NBA mascots, has been entertaining fans since 1980 and is a worldwide ambassador for the Suns and the NBA. The Gorilla loves to dance, dunk and entertain Phoenix Suns fans. In addition to attending every Suns home game, his list of appearances include visits to Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom ­ in addition to trips around the United States for sporting events ranging from basketball to baseball to hockey. The Gorilla is visible in the community with over 150 appearances at schools, hospitals, and charity events. The primate even started his own reading incentive program, "Book the Gorilla," in which kids write an action-packed story for him to share with other schools. Go's appearances are scheduled by calling 602-379-7917. Personal Notes: Enjoys eating Gorilla wings at Majerle's Sports Grill... Star of 1995 Fastbreak Magazine swimsuit issue... Captured the world with his "Skyscraper Dunk" at the 1998 All-Star Weekend in New York... Appeared as an extra in the latest release of Planet of the Apes... Delivered singing telegrams before signing with Suns March 20, 1980.

Tom Chambers

Community Relations Representative

Tom Chambers returned to the Suns as a community relations representative in 1997. After being traded to Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 1997, Chambers left the playing ranks and joined the front office. Chambers played five seasons (1988-93) with the Suns, averaging 20.6 points. After signing as the first unrestricted free agent in league history on July 8, 1988, he made three-straight All-Star appearances from 1989-1991. He was a two-time All-NBA selection (1989, 1990) and he set a franchise record with 2,201 points (27.2 ppg) in 1989-90. In his 15-year career, Chambers made four All-Star appearances, and was named the MVP of the mid-season classic in 1987. He entered the Suns Ring of Honor on April 18, 1999. Chambers was originally a first-round pick (eighth overall) of the San Diego Clippers in 1981. He played two years in San Diego, and was then acquired by Seattle in 1983 where he played five seasons. After his stint with the Suns, Chambers played two seasons with the Utah Jazz, and then played one full year in Israel. His last full season in the NBA was 1996-97 with Charlotte. Chambers was born on June 21, 1959, in Ogden, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1981, and has six children: Erika, Skyler, Megan, twins Dakota and Colton and newborn Thomas.

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Connie Hawkins

Community Relations Representative

Basketball legend Connie Hawkins returned to the Suns in 1992 as a community relations representative. In addition to making appearances, "Hawk" works with the City of Phoenix conducting summer basketball clinics at America West Arena. He also plays an integral part in the Suns TeamUp Program. His professional career began in 1961 with the American Basketball League's Pittsburgh Rens where, as a 19-year-old rookie, he was the league's MVP. He dazzled fans for four seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Pipers in 1967 where he earned league MVP honors. Hawk joined the NBA in 1969-70 after Phoenix won his rights in a coin flip with Seattle in 1969. He played four seasons in the Valley, was an All-Star each season, and averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. Hawk then played two seasons for the Lakers and one with Atlanta. Hawk's jersey (42) was retired on November 19, 1976, the first Suns player to be so honored, and he earned a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11, 1992. Born July 17, 1942 in Brooklyn, Hawk attended Boys High and was a 1960 All-American. He also earned two letters in track. He teamed with John McEnroe in the NIKE Celebrity Doubles tennis exhibition in 1994, and with Todd Martin in the Gila River Tennis Jackpot in 1995.

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Ruth Dryjanski

Assistant to the Chairman

Jacque Alonzo

Assistant to the President, General Manager and COO

Debbie Villa

Assistant to the Executive V.P., Finance and Admin/Coaches

Ceola Coaston

Administrative Assistant

Travis Agenter

Staff Assistant

Leah Staten

Corporate Graphics Assistant

Kip Helt

Director of Game Operations

Maggie Garcia

Dance Team Coordinator

Paul Smith

Mascot Coordinator

Shaun Stanhibel

Game Operations Assistant

Mark Sanchez

Staff Assistant

Scott Leightman

Director Basketball Communications

D.C. Headley

Manager Basketball Communications

Sherry Reed

Asst. to the Sr. V.P., Public Affairs/Basketball Communications

Jeff Munn

Public Address Announcer

Jeramie McPeek

Director of Publishing

Dustin Krugel

Publishing Assistant

Angela Woods

Graphic Designer/ Production Artist

Marta Quiban

Projects/Traffic Manager

Bonnie Meadows

Assistant to the Senior Vice President Marketing Comm.

Ron DuBois

Assistant Video Coordinator

Richard Howell

Equipment Manager

Casey Smith

Assistant Trainer

Dr. Thomas Carter

Team Physician

Dr. Craig Phelps

Team Physician

Glenna Martinez

Public Relations Administrative Assistant

John Olson

Director Archive Services

Rob Hart

Suns Vision Producer

Hap Hopper

Electronic Graphics Producer

Kevin Bonham

Electronic Graphics Coordinator

Barry Gossage

Team Photographer

Megan Montgomery

Community Relations Manager

Jamie Morris

Community Relations Coordinator

Keith Zaborski

Program Director Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury

Connie Wallen

Assistant to the Sr. V.P., Corporate Sales

Dan Siekmann

Producer/Director Suns TV

Bob Adlhoch

Producer Suns TV

Tom Leander

TV Producer/Talent

Marc Goldberg

Producer

David Hughes

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Heidi Coupland

Director Corporate Services

Tom Hecht

Director Corporate Sales

Jenn Sawinski

Corporate Services Account Representative

Angela Yock

Corporate Services Business Representative

Andrea Gerdes

Corporate Services Account Coordinator

David Grapentine

Videographer

William Bolt

Vice President, Information Services

Greg Gleason

Information Services Manager

Michael McDonald

Information Services Technician

Michelle Butler

I.S. Help Desk Dispatcher

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Phoenix Suns/America West Arena Staff

Nona Lee

Associate General Counsel

Melissa Santello

Paralegal

Bob Nanberg

Vice President, Team Shops

Matt Altman

Director of Merchandising

Grant Conway

Luxury Suite Sales Manager

Voltaire Ojastro

Suite Sales Manager

Scott Worden

Suns Group Sales Coordinator

Geoff Budoff

Suns Season Ticket Sales Coordinator

Bret Fishkind

Suns Suite Sales Coordinator

Kel Hansen

Controller

Jon Phillips

Suns Controller

Pam Greenfield

Facilities Controller

Sheila Guy

Payroll Manager

Debbie Gelvin

Accounts Receivable Manager

Scott Cabaniss

Suns Season Ticket Sales Account Executive

Buddy O'Donnell

Suns Season Ticket Sales Account Executive

Jennifer MacDonald

Suns Group Sales Account Executive

Jeremy Walls

Suns Group Sales Account Executive

Steve Carlson

Suns Group Sales Account Executive

Bridget Black

Accounting Manager

Sylvia Lopez

Accounts Payable

Lynn Balzer

Accounts Receivable Specialist

Eileen Bernatawicz

Senior Payroll Specialist

Gail Finley

Staff Accountant

Connie Rohrman

Director of Ticket Operations

Geoff Rudolph

Assistant Ticket Manager

Mary Jo Shank

Account Services Representative

Craig Sheppard

Account Services Representative

Jan Forshee

Receptionist

Celeste Alcantara

Staff Accountant

Marie Borseth

Accounts Receivable

Terry Garza

Payroll Specialist

Anna Heffron

Payroll Specialist

Michelle Vujs

Payroll Tax Accountant

Charlene Sprehe

Director of Suite Services

Trent Dutry

Suite Services Event Manager

Donald Jones

Assistant Event Manager

Holly MacLeod

Suite Ticket Manager

Michael Pettit

Suite Services Account Representative

Robyn Richardson

Accounts Payable

John Walker

Vice President, Ticket Operations and Sales

Drew Cloud

Suns Director of Sales

Brett Wojtulewicz

Suns Ticket Manager

Chris Montgomery

SES Director of Sales

Paige Peterson

General Manager, Sports and Entertainment Services

Bob Machen

President, Sports and Entertainment Services

Alvan Adams

Vice President, Facility Management

Russ Amaral

Vice President, Event Services

George Bevans

Vice President, Security and Risk Management

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Broadcasting

Gary Bender Cox Sports Play-by-Play

One of the sports field's most respected and versatile announcers over the past 25 years, Gary Bender begins his 10th season on Cox9. A native of Ulysses, Kansas, Bender spent three seasons with Turner Sports on weekly NBA coverage and Sunday Night NFL telecasts. He has done play-by-play on ABC-TV and CBS Sports for the NBA, Major League Baseball and college football and basketball. Other highlights include the Masters Golf Tournament, Pan American Games, World University Games and speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics. After graduating from Wichita State in 1962, he earned a master's in television/film from Kansas and covered Jayhawk sports from 1967-69. Bender spent the next six seasons as voice of the Green Bay Packers while covering University of Wisconsin sports. He also served a two-year stint as the radio play-by-play voice of the Chicago Bears and handled play-by-play for the St. Louis Rams for four seasons. In 1973-74, he was voice of the Milwaukee Brewers on WTMJ-TV and also worked at KMOX Radio in St. Louis (1979-80) and was sports director at KMOX-TV (1977-78). Bender and wife Linda have two sons: Trey and Brett. In 1994, he released his book, Call of the Game: What Really Happens in the Broadcast Booth.

Ralph Marchetta

Vice President of Entertainment

Cathey Moses

Vice President of Marketing

Gerri Sandy

Executive Assistant

Jon Bloom

Director of Security

Brian Wiley

Director of Engineering

David Mitchell

Director of Purchasing

Vicki Berryman

Director of Telecommunications

Jennifer Irish

Suns Event Manager

Kurt Kleinknecht

Guest Services Manager

Peter Wong

Director of Human Resources

Eddie Johnson UPN 45/KTAR Radio Color Analyst

A familiar face and voice returns as Eddie Johnson enters his third season as the color analyst for the team's radio broadcasts and UPN45 telecasts along with Al McCoy. Johnson served as the color analyst on the Phoenix Mercury television broadcasts for the first two seasons of the team in 1997 and 1998. He also provided analysis for ESPN Radio during the WNBA playoffs, including the Mercury's run to the WNBA Championship Game in 1998. Johnson was a guest analyst for NBA Showtime on NBC during the NBA Playoffs 2000 after serving as color analyst for Arizona State men's basketball broadcasts on Fox Sports Net during the 1999-2000 season. A 17-year NBA veteran, Johnson was a second-round pick (No. 29) by the Kansas City Kings in 1981. After six years with them, the latter two in Sacramento, he was traded to Phoenix June 21, 1987 for Ed Pinckney and a second-round pick. The University of Illinois graduate played three-plus seasons for the Suns from 1987-90. In the 1988-89 campaign he averaged 21.5 points (third highest scoring average of career) and shot .497 from the field as he helped Phoenix improve to a 55-27 record from 28-54 the previous season. Johnson finished second in the NBA in 1989-90 in free-throw percentage at .917 (188-205). December 21, 1990, Johnson was traded by Phoenix with a first-round 1991 draft pick to Seattle for Xavier McDaniel. He played three seasons in Seattle (1990-93), one in Charlotte (1993-94), one for Olympiakos in Greece (1994-95), and one plus in Indiana (1995-1997). The Pacers traded him to Denver February of 1997. He was released by the Nuggets and within weeks signed by Houston and he finished out his career (1997-99) there. Johnson is 32nd on the NBA all-time scoring list with 19,202 points, an averaged of 16.0 points per game, while shooting .472 from the field and .840 from the foul line. His top two scoring seasons were 22.9 points in 1984-85 and 21.9 points in 1983-84. Johnson, a Chicago native, has maintained a Phoenix residence since his Suns playing days. He and his wife Joy have a son Justin and daughter Jade.

David Case

Mail Room Manager

Mark Chance

General Manager, Downtown Digital Post

Barbi Harner

Senior Editor

Susan Ulrich

Director of Sales and Marketing

Roger Dunn

Chief Engineer

Dan Davis

Editor

Brad Thompson

Editor

Dave Gugel

Assistant Chief Engineer

Robbie Robinson

Video Engineer

Jennifer Young

Office Manager

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FLAGSHIP STATION: KTAR RADIO ­ Phoenix, AZ ­ 620 AM KDJI / KZUA ­ Holbrook ­ 92.1 FM KIKO ­ Globe ­ Miami ­ 1340 AM KATO ­ Safford ­ 1230 AM KVRD ­ Cottonwood ­ 105.7 KJOK ­ Yuma ­ 1400 AM KWMX ­ Williams ­ 96.7 FM KPHX ­ Phoenix ­ 1480 AM (Spanish)

Kim Limon

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Vicky Arseneau

Administrative Assistant

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Hard work and loyalty pay off. That is the credo Frank Johnson followed to become the 11th head coach in Phoenix Suns history. After serving on the coaching staff since 1997 and nearly 10 years as a member of the Suns family, Johnson was rewarded with the franchise's head coach position on February 17, 2002 when Scott Skiles stepped down. Taking over a team on the heels of injuries and a multi-player trade of veterans for youth, Johnson finished with an 11-20 mark. It was his upbeat and professional approach towards the game that resulted in a three-year contract extension on April 18, one day after the regular season was complete. Seven of Phoenix's 11 wins under Johnson came against teams that qualified for the playoffs. The fifth former Suns player to lead the team as head coach (Danny Ainge, Paul Westphal, John Wetzel, Dick Van Arsdale), Johnson spent six seasons on the bench as an assistant coach with the Suns, including the last one-plus seasons as the top assistant coach. Johnson originally joined the coaching staff on February 20, 1997 as the third assistant coach under Danny Ainge along with current Hornets Head Coach Paul Silas and Donn Nelson. He served with Skiles and Nelson to start the following season and then moved up to the number two assistant spot when Nelson left in the middle of the 1997-98 season. Upon Ainge's departure in December 1999, Johnson became the lead assistant when Skiles took over. After retiring from the NBA as a player in 1994, Johnson worked as a spokesman in the Suns community relations department and was a national representative for the NBA's Team-Up and Stay in School Programs. In addition, he served as an assistant coach at the 1996 NIKE Desert Classic. Known as "Fourth-Quarter Frank" during his 10-year NBA playing career, Johnson battled his way onto the Suns roster in the summer of 1992. He was a key reserve on the 1992-93 Suns team that reached the NBA Finals. He played in 21 playoff games in 1993 and provided the club with a spark off the bench, both offensively and defensively. In 147 games with the Suns, he averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 assists. Following a standout collegiate career at Wake Forest, Johnson was tabbed with the 11th overall pick in 1981 by the Washington Bullets. As a rookie with Washington, he was named to the 1982 NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging 10.7 points and 4.8 assists. The following season he averaged 12.5 points and a career-best 8.1 assists. After seven years with the Bullets, Johnson spent 1988-89 in Houston before venturing to Italy where he played three seasons (1989-92) with Varese and Rimini. He then joined the Suns for his two-year playing stint. Over his 596-game NBA career he averaged 8.3 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds. Born November 23, 1958, in Weirsdale, Florida, Johnson is the younger brother of former All-Star guard "Fast Eddie" Johnson. Along with his wife Amy, Johnson has two daughters, Lindsay (16) and Natalie (13).

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Mike D'Antoni

Assistant Coach

Mike D'Antoni joins the Suns coaching staff with 30-years of professional basketball experience spanning the NBA, ABA and international basketball. This is the third NBA coaching stint for D'Antoni, who served as head coach for the Denver Nuggets in the 1998-99 season after a year as the club's director of player personnel (1997-98). He was a scout for San Antonio during the 1999-2000 campaign. The following year he was on the bench as an assistant to Mike Dunleavy in Portland. In addition, D'Antoni was an analyst for NBA.com following the 1998-99 regular season. In 2001-02 he returned to the Italian League and once again coached Benetton Treviso, leading the club to the Italian League championship after a 28-8 season. His team included former Sun Charlie Bell, ex-NBA player Tyus Edney and 2002 NBA top 15 draftees Nikoloz Tskitishvili (fifth to Denver) and Bostjan Nachbar (15th to Houston). An Italian League legend, he first coached Benetton from 1994-97 when his team captured the Cup of Europe and Cup of Italy in 1995 and won the league title in 1996-97 after a 22-4 regular season. Prior to that D'Antoni guided Philips Milan for four seasons from 1990-94 and led the club to the 1993 Korac Cup. During his Italian tenure D'Antoni led his teams to the playoffs each season and was twice voted the league's Coach of the Year. D'Antoni ­ a dual citizen of the United States and Italy ­ was an All-NBA Rookie Second Team choice in 1974 after the Kansas City-Omaha Kings selected him with the 20th pick in the 1973 NBA Draft. He played two-plus seasons for the Kings before joining the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis and NBA's San Antonio Spurs. D'Antoni then moved to Italy where he played 13 seasons for Milan and became the club's all-time leading scorer. He was voted the league's top point guard of all time in 1990 and he paced his team to five Italian League titles, two Cups of Europe, two Cups of Italy, one Korac Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. He was also selected to play on the Italian national team for the World Cup in 1989 and was a part of the Milan team that competed in the inaugural McDonald's Open in 1987. Fluent in English and Italian, he has co-authored two books: Playmaker, with former Milan head coach Dan Peterson, and Vivendo Giacando, with Italian sportswriter Tullio Lauro. A native of Mullens, West Virginia, D'Antoni played collegiately at Marshall University and graduated as the school's career assist leader in 1973. Born May 9, 1951, D'Antoni and his wife Laurel have one son, Michael (8).

Marc Iavaroni

Assistant Coach

A 12-year veteran of the NBA ­ seven as a player and the last five as a coach ­ Marc Iavaroni joins the Suns coaching staff after three years with the Miami Heat. With Phoenix this summer he guided the Suns entry in the LA Summer Pro League to a 5-2 record. As assistant coach/director of player development with Pat Riley from 1999-2002, Iavaroni handled all general on-the-floor duties plus the direct responsibility of developing Heat players year round. Prior to that he spent two seasons (1997-99) in Cleveland as an assistant coach under Mike Fratello. His coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, during the Cavaliers' first Final Four run in 1981. He departed coaching and played professionally beginning in 1982. Following his professional playing career, Iavaroni returned to coaching as an assistant at Bowling Green State University for two seasons from 1992-94. From 1994-96, Iavaroni was the color analyst for Virginia radio network while earning his master's in sports psychology. A seven-year NBA veteran from 1982-1989, Iavaroni played for Philadelphia, San Antonio and Utah. He was a starter as a rookie on the 76ers' 1983 World Championship team, voted one of the 10 best NBA teams of all-time. In 1984-85 he played for San Antonio and then-head coach Cotton Fitzsimmons before completing his final three seasons with the Jazz. They won the Midwest Division in 1989. Iavaroni concluded his professional career alongside fellow Suns assistant coach Mike D'Antoni in Milan before retiring in 1991. In all, Iavaroni played professionally in the Italian League for three seasons after college before the NBA and, following his NBA stint, he spent five seasons in Italy and Spain. As a collegian, Iavaroni had a successful stint at University of Virginia, where he was a four-year starter. During the Cavaliers' run to the 1976 ACC Tournament title he gained All-Tournament honors, an accomplishment still among his most satisfying playing achievements. Born Sept. 15, 1956, in Jamaica, New York, Iavaroni and his wife Caroline are the parents of Kenton (15), McCray (12) and Jackson (10).

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Tim Grgurich

Assistant Coach

One of the top coaches in player development, Tim Grgurich brings his contagious hard-working style to the Phoenix staff for the 2002-03 season. On George Karl's staff in Milwaukee last season, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach in Portland where he helped the Trail Blazers to the Pacific Division crown in his first season in 1998-99. Grgurich was an assistant in Seattle under Karl for five-plus seasons and the Sonics won the Pacific Division four times and had a 312-116 (.729) record with him on staff. He joined Seattle late in the 1991-92 season and left the Sonics for Portland after the 1997-98 campaign. Grgurich interrupted his stay in Seattle when he served as head coach at UNLV in 1994-95. He previously worked at the school for 12 seasons as an assistant coach under Jerry Tarkanian, preparing NBA players such as Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, Armon Gilliam and Sidney Green. The Rebels won the 1990 NCAA title, had three Final Four appearances and sported a 34-1 record in 1990-91 while he was part of the program. His coaching career began in his native Pittsburgh when he was assistant coach at his alma mater, University of Pittsburgh. During his eight-year stint he guided the freshman team to a 99-33 mark before he assumed the head coach position in 1975. Over five seasons Pitt was 71-70, with a 52-30 record and two NIT berths in his final three seasons. Grgurich was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and baseball while an undergraduate at Pittsburgh and helped the hoop squad to appearances in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Born Sept. 15, 1956, Grgurich and his wife Kathy are the parents of Jennifer and Suzanne.

Aaron Nelson

Head Athletic Trainer

Aaron Nelson enters his third season as the second head athletic trainer in team history. When hired he was the second-youngest head athletic trainer in the NBA. Included in his role is the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of players and assisting in the travel operation of the team. Under his direction new equipment has been added to assist the medical operation, including new modalities for treatment of injuries and a Swim-Ex hydrotherapy pool. Prior to his promotion, Nelson served as the Suns' assistant athletic trainer, a position he held since 1993. He was involved with all aspects of the team's medical and travel needs. Nelson is certified as an athletic trainer and a strength and conditioning specialist. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AZATA), National Basketball Trainers Association (NBTA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Following graduation from Iowa State University in December 1992, Nelson spent the spring 1993 semester as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, he was a student athletic trainer for four years under NATA Hall of Famer Frank Randall. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis on athletic training and a minor in health. Nelson is a native of Manning, Iowa, and is the brother-in-law of former Suns guard Jeff Hornacek.

Todd Quinter

Assistant Coach/NBA Scout

Now in his 17th season with the Suns and 11th as NBA scout, Todd Quinter has seen his duties expand dramatically since joining the club in 1986 as video coordinator. As the club's advance scout, he aides the coaching staff in their game preparation for upcoming opponents. Additionally, he served as basketball coordinator of the NIKE Desert Classic from 1996-2000. He was elected to the inaugural Governing Board of the NBA Scouting and Technology Group, now in its fourth season. Born Dec. 18, 1958, in Nazareth, PA, Quinter starred at Lebanon Valley College where he set three school assists records and was twice named team Most Valuable Player. In 1997, Quinter was inducted into the Lebanon Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame. Todd and wife Kim have three children, Jake (8), Olivia (6) and Tessa (3). He also has a son, Adam (18). Quinter is a cousin to singer/actor Glenn Frey of the Eagles.

Phil Weber

Assistant Coach

Phil Weber joined the Suns coaching staff in September 1999, his first professional coaching position. Weber concentrates on skill and player development, in addition to his on-the-floor and bench duties. For four years prior to the Suns, he helped develop NBA players such as Shawn Marion, Baron Davis, Jalen Rose, Toby Bailey and Pat Garrity while in Los Angeles. Weber has partnered with former NBA player Kiki Vandeweghe to form an academy for NBA player development in Los Angeles. Weber's coaching career began at the University of Florida in 1984 under Head Coach Norm Sloan. Weber was with the Gators for five seasons, helping the team to its only Southeastern Conference title in 1989 and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. From there, he spent one year traveling around the country to observe 16 different major college programs before spending one season as an assistant coach at Chaminade University in Hawaii. He was on the coaching staff at Iona College from 1991-95. A native of Northport, New York, Weber helped Long Island Lutheran High School to a state title before playing collegiately at North Carolina State for Sloan and Jimmy Valvano. Weber redshirted during the Wolfpack's 1982-83 NCAA title season.

Garrick Barr

Video Coordinator

This season marks Garrick Barr's 11th as video coordinator and he has become one of the most respected in the NBA. Barr is a member of the league's technology steering committee and his concepts have influenced the use of technology in the league. Barr introduced the first digital editing system used in pro sports to provide the Suns with unprecedented speed and versatility in video scouting. He also helped develop PSCSS, a scouting system that allows the club's scouts around the country to coordinate their evaluative efforts. In the last several years companies providing state-of-the-art tools for NBA teams have consulted Barr in the development process. Barr graduated from California, Irvine and was married to Jamie in 1997. He has one daughter, Autumn (13).

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Assistant Coach, Strength and Conditioning

Robin Pound enters his 12th season with the Suns and is responsible for creating and administering strength, conditioning and rehabilitation programs. Much of his work is done in the state-of-the-art workout facility located at America West Arena. Before Phoenix, Pound was head strength and conditioning coach at University of California-Berkeley (1987-91). He first joined the Golden Bears in 1985 as assistant strength coach after serving in the same position at the University of Oregon from 1979-85. A highly regarded speaker, Pound has published several articles and has been a member of various advisory boards in his field. A founder, past president and member of the board of directors of the National Basketball Conditioning Coaches Association, Pound authored portions of and served as associate coordinator/editor for both Condition the NBA Way and NBA Power Conditioning. He received a bachelor's of science degree in physical education in 1982 and a master's in exercise physiology and anatomy from Oregon in 1984.

Assistant Director, Player Personnel

A dedicated employee for 10 years, David Griffin is in his second season as assistant director of player personnel aiding Bryan Colangelo and Dick Van Arsdale with professional player matters and serving as an evaluator of college and high school prospects. Prior to his current position Griffin served four seasons in basketball operations where he helped with video preparation and scouting reports, draft and free agency information, statistical analysis and was the tournament director for the NIKE Desert Classic Predraft Camp. He also served as an assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College where he led the recruiting of four players that played Division I. Griffin joined the basketball communications department in 1993 and helped the club's media relations efforts for four seasons. He was also part of the media information team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Born Nov. 17, 1969, Griffin is married to the former Meredith Hale. He graduated from Arizona State in 1995 with a degree in political science.

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Al Bianchi

College Scout

Al Bianchi is in his 22nd season with the Suns, ninth as college scout. An assistant coach to John MacLeod in 1976, he spent 12 seasons in that role and jumped back to the bench last season to aid Frank Johnson after he took over for Scott Skiles. Bianchi served as general manager of the New York Knicks (1987-91) and prior to re-joining the Suns full-time he spent two seasons as a scout for the Suns and Miami Heat. Bianchi began his pro coaching career in 1966 as an assistant with the expansion Chicago Bulls. He later served as head coach of the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics (1967-69) and the ABA's Washington Capitals-Virginia Squires (1969-76). As a player, Bianchi led Bowling Green University to a National Invitational Tournament berth in 1954. Following a two-year stint with the Army Medical Corps, he began the first of his 10 professional seasons (1956-66) with the ABA's Syracuse Nationals-NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. Born March 26, 1932, Bianchi, a native of Long Island City, NY, resides in Phoenix and has six children.

John Shumate

College Scout

Back with the Suns, John Shumate joined Phoenix's community relations office prior to the 1998-99 season and is now in his third season as a college scout. Originally the Suns' first-round pick (fourth overall) in 1974 NBA Draft, Shumate was named NBA All-Rookie in 1975. During his seven-year career, he averaged 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds with the Suns, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston and San Antonio. Prior to re-joining the Suns, Shumate was an assistant coach for Toronto for three seasons. His coaching career began in 1981 as an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps. After two seasons with the Irish, he became head coach at Grand Canyon University for three seasons. Shumate returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach for two seasons before he was named head coach at Southern Methodist University in 1988. He led the Mustangs for seven seasons, including an NCAA Tournament berth and Southwest Conference title in 1992-93 when he was also named SWC Coach of the Year. As a collegian, he averaged 24.2 points and 11.0 rebounds as a senior at Notre Dame while being named first team All-American. He finished with 1,334 points and set the school record by shooting .610 from the field. Born April 6, 1952 in Greenville, South Carolina, he and his wife Marilyn are the parents of Brittany and John.

Rex Chapman

College Scout

With a lifelong background in basketball, Rex Chapman returns to the Phoenix Suns as a college scout. A 12-year NBA veteran, Chapman played the last four seasons of his career with Phoenix and led the Suns in scoring with 15.9 points in the 1997-98 season. Over his career he averaged 14.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists with 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 224 career games with Phoenix. Chapman ranks 28th on the all-time NBA list with 805 career made three-pointers and set the NBA Playoffs record with nine three-pointers (career playoff-high 42 points) on May 1, 1997 and the mark for most three-pointers in a five-game series with 22 against Seattle that season. He ranks third in Suns history with 324 made three pointers and also is in the record books for most points in an overtime period when scored 12 points against the Clippers on Feb. 13, 1999. Chapman and his wife Bridget have four children: Zeke, Caley, Tatum and Tyson. His father, Wayne, was a Suns college scout for three seasons and a guard in the ABA for Kentucky, Denver and Indiana.

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Tim Shea

International Scouting Consultant

Now in his second season with the Suns is Tim Shea. A longtime coach in Europe, Shea spent five seasons as Director of International Scouting for the New York Knicks. Before joining the Knicks he served head coaching stints in Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Shea led Vienna Austria to the 1981 national title and Lisbon Portugal to national titles in 1989 and 1990. He played professionally in Holland before his coaching career and was a radio commentator in Spain. Shea is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Born March 6, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY, he currently lives in Lugo, Spain with his wife Maria and two children, Matteo (21) and Olivia (12).

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