'Los Suns' jerseys will return for Game 2

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Phoenix Suns plan to wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, owner Robert Sarver said, "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation."

The decision to wear the jerseys on the Cinco de Mayo holiday stems from a law passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that has drawn widespread criticism from Latino organizations and civil rights groups that say it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. President Obama has called the law "misguided."

Sarver, who was born and raised in Tucson, said frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the illegal immigration issue led to the passage of what he called "a flawed state law."

Sarver came up with the "Los Suns" jersey idea but left it up to the players for the final decision, Suns guard Steve Nash said, and all of them were for it.

San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich said his team was interested in taking part but couldn't get new "Los Spurs" road jerseys in time for the game. . . .

A nuisance as an NBA player, Danny Ainge is still being a pest as a general manager.

Boston's general manager was spotted in television replays throwing a white towel in the air to distract Cleveland forward J.J. Hickson at the free throw line in the third quarter of Game 2 on Monday night.

Ainge, sitting in the first seat to the right of Cleveland's basket, is seen reaching behind the stanchion to grab one of the ball boy's towels as Hickson prepares to shoot. Ainge then tosses the towel into the air on Hickson's second attempt with 1 minute 53 seconds remaining.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said he was unaware of Ainge's actions. . . .

Tayshaun Prince could get a chance for a second gold medal, and rookies Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry have a shot at a first.

Those players, plus former Georgetown star Jeff Green, were added to the U.S. national team's roster for 2010-12. That brings the number of players in the pool to 31.

Prince was a reserve on the 2008 gold medalists. He becomes the 10th player from that team to commit to returning. That leaves only the injured Michael Redd and Jason Kidd, who said he was retiring from international competition.

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