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New Suns players becoming part of the team at Flagstaff training camp

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

By Bethany Reed


MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: Names like Bledsoe and Dragic might come to mind when you think of the Phoenix Suns back court. But they’re not the only guards expecting to make an impact this season. Bethany Reed is in Flagstaff tonight for the opening of the Suns training camp.

BETHANY REED/CRONKITE NEWS: Today was the Suns’ first day at training camp here at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.  While the team is working on getting started for the season, players like Isaiah Thomas are working on getting to know his team.

ISAIAH THOMAS/PHOENIX SUNS: It’s just different getting to know everybody’s names. I still don’t know what twin is which twin, all the coaches, I don’t know everybody’s name. It’s tough, but it’s a work in progress.

BETHANY REED/CRONKITE NEWS: Thomas may not know all the names yet, but his game isn’t being affected.

ISAIAH THOMAS/PHOENIX SUNS: But once you get out on the basketball court, I get more comfortable. I start opening up, and it makes it a lot easier for myself, so I’m comfortable out here on the basketball court.

BETHANY REED/CRONKITE NEWS: The Suns acquired the 25-year-old guard in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings.

ISAIAH THOMAS/PHOENIX SUNS: Everybody says they love playing with him, I mean love playing for him and he’s a player’s coach.

BETHANY REED/CRONKITE NEWS: And Coach Hornacek says he isn’t the only one assisting the transition.

JEFF HORNACEK/SUNS COACH: They’re all trying to help each other out, especially the new guys. They’re trying to direct them.

BETHANY REED/CRONKITE NEWS: The team has a scrimmage this Saturday at noon at NAU’s Skydome where you can catch Isaiah Thomas and the rest of the players. It’s free and open to the public.