Monday, August 28, 2006

Sneaker Starbosa

Hot on the “heels” of Shaq’s sneaker deal with Li-ning, Leandro Barbosa has announced that he is shopping for a shoe deal of his own. The Brazilian Blur has already assembled protptypes of the sneaker, which he has dubbed The Starbosa.

We must say, the Starbosa runs circles around Shaq's Li-ning Dunkman sneaker, which is to be sold exclusively in China. We at SunsGossip find the big man’s design to be a little heavy-handed.

Not so for the super-hottie Sun's kicks. Young Leandrinho has already developed a marketing campaign for the sleek Starbosa featuring the Suns dance team (we know Barbosa loves those Suns dancers!). Our favorite Gina holds it down in the first ad.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

CRIBS: Eric Piatkowski

Welcome to the first edition of SunsGossip CRIBS!

Newly signed Suns player Eric Piatkowski (formerly of the Bulls and Clippers) just closed on new Phoenix digs to the tune of $2.15 million. With a somewhat modest pricetag (by NBA standards), we weren’t expecting much. So imagine our surprise when the SunsGossip CRIBS cameras showed up to find the most balling-est shit we’ve ever seen.

You see, the former owner of the palatial five-story Neverland-ish house was Tracy Penwell, owner of Rima Fine Art. The gallery and its notorious owner are best known for ripping off Renoir sculptures and passing them off as the real thing. Penwell racked up quite the hefty legal bill during the scandal and has been liquidating her assets in order to pay her debts. Real estate experts estimate the true value of the property to be north of $30 million.

Congratulations on your new house, Eric. We have a feeling you’ll be leading the Suns in “steals” this season.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Boris Diaw Signs Contract Extension

There has been much talk about the If/When/HowMuch of Boris Diaw’s contract extension with the Suns. Although many speculate that the captain of the French national team is too busy with the world championships to be negotiating with the Suns, he apparently wasn’t too busy for a little shop talk with De Fursac.

For the past few months, the French clothing maker has been running a basketball-themed ad campaign featuring Diaw, fellow Frenchman Tony Parker, and some white dude Jerome Schmitt who we’ve never heard of. The effect of the campaign has been enormous and has permeated all corners of French society. French youths in the ’hood can now be spotted playing streetball decked out in three-piece white suits.

Well, De Fursac is taking the phenomenon to its logical conclusion and launching a line of men’s underwear. Both Diaw and Parker (still recovering from his broken finger) have signed multi-million dollar contract extensions that cover the new Calvin Klein-esque campaign.

We at SunsGossip are trying hard to keep our panties on about this one!

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Nash's Response Rap to Shaq

SunsGossip was the first to report about Shaquille O'Neal's diss track about Steve Nash a few weeks ago. Well, in an uncharacteristic move, the Canadian-mannered Suns star has decided to record a response rap. The track has not yet been released, but SunsGossip was in the studio with Nash and his daughters long enough to overhear a few bars.

Shaq, Shaq, I heard your wack track.
Tryin to spit rhymes but your rapping skills lack.
Well, Jimmy cracked corn and I don’t give jack
’Cause you’re more played-out than a Kobe throwback.
You crave attention more than coke-heads crave crack.
Always flossing your money – try flossing your dental plaque.
Walking through Miami like you’re some kind of “mac.”
Player please, “mac” and cheese, and I’ll eat you for a snack!

If you could look me straight in the eye, I’d tell you why...

’Cause Shaq, you’re wack! Shaq, you're wack!

We at SunsGossip can't wait to hear what the Chinese Nash fans have to say about this one.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Is Steve Nash fly (like a bird)?

The Nelly Furtado rumors are old, but SunsGossip has gotten several inquiries lately, so we did some investigating.

It all started when the Canadian pop tart mentioned Nash in that horrible "Promiscuous" song ("Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash / Is your game MVP like Steve Nash?"). If dropping a weak lyric is what passes for an affair these days, then half the rappers on the radio must be on the down-low with various NBA players (which may actually be true, but that's a topic for another blog). After the song came out, a Canadian gossip columnist speculated that Nelly and Nashy were a romantic item. The trash got picked up by Page Six and by noon the rumor was spreading faster than the bird flu.

As it turns out, Canada is a big country and the fellow nationals had met only once, at a charity basketball game a year ago. Yes, SunsGossip has dug through the archives to find a picture of said event.

Well, Nelly does appear to be eyeing some home-baked Canadian buns...but Stevie is clearly devoted only to his family. Case closed: Nelly Furtado may be a promiscuous girl, but Steve Nash is still the most valuable husband.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


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Friday, August 11, 2006

Technical Difficulties

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Kobe v. Boris

The Suns will open their upcoming season with a game against the Lakers. Now, there’s nothing gossipworthy about a Suns-Lakers rivalry -- or anti-Lakers sentiment in general -- but SunsGossip paparazzi captured evidence of a hot new personal feud between Kobe Bryant and Frenchman Boris Diaw.

Kobe, pictured here leaving post-knee-surgery physical therapy, goes for the nonsensical cryptic jab.

Boris, pictured here after today’s France-Greece game, sports one of his favorite 'hood-popular t-shirts, this one customized in a spoof of an R.I.P. style.