General manager Jerry Colangelo, only 28 at the time, settled on a name for his expansion franchise using a name-the-team contest in 1968. Colangelo chose Suns over Scorpions, Rattlers, and Thunderbirds, among the other suggestions included in the 28,000 entries. One lucky fan won $1,000 and season tickets as part of the contest, which included such obscure entries as White Wing Doves, Sun Lovers, Poobahs, Dudes, and Cactus Giants.

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Phoenix Suns: Here’s what it’s like when you’re invited to training camp but not guaranteed a roster spot

Suns' preseason training camp invitees Frank Jackson and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot are competing for the 15th and final roster spot. Coach Monty Williams can relate. I need to read more from this story