Previous week’s games
4/02/10 SUNS 109, Pistons 94
4/03/10 Bucks 107, SUNS 98
4/07/10 SUNS 112, Spurs 101

Upcoming week’s games (final week of the regular season)
4/09/10 SUNS @ Thunder, 5 p.m., My45
4/11/10 SUNS vs Rockets, 6 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
4/13/10 SUNS vs Nuggets, 7:30 p.m., TNT
4/14/10 SUNS @ Jazz, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

If you are a Phoenix Suns fan, you know who Lou Amundson is. If you’re a fan of any other NBA team, you are quickly learning who Lou Amundson is. The former UNLV Running Rebel does all the little things off the bench and is a big reason as to why the Suns are fighting for the second seed in a very tight Western Conference playoff race. With the way the game changes in the playoffs, Lou knows it is important for the Suns to continue playing as they have the last few weeks and secure home court advantage for at least the first round of postseason action.

When Lou was living Downtown, he biked to US Airways Center daily. Photo courtesy of AZCentral.com.

“I think we’re playing great right now,” Amundson says. “We just need to continue to toughen up and get ready. Once the playoffs start, it’s a different game, the intensity level picks up. The refs are going to call the games differently.”

Before the start of last season, when the Suns signed Amundson, like most others, most probably figured he was just picked up as a cheap roster filler. As quickly as Lou won fans over with his defense and hustle on the court, he became a fan favorite for living in Downtown Phoenix and riding his bike to practice.

“I like it a lot. It’s still developing. It needs a few things,” the backup power forward says of Downtown. “It needs a grocery store, and kind of everyday-type things, but there’s really great, unique little spots Downtown. You get that kind of homegrown feel. You don’t really get that in Scottsdale or anywhere else.”

Amundson enjoys lots of different places to eat in the Downtown area, including his favorite joint. “My favorite restaurant in Phoenix is Pizzeria Bianco,” Amundson says. “Matt’s Big Breakfast is another good spot. They have really good lunch, actually. They have a BLT that is phenomenal.”

For Suns fans that want Amundson on Twitter, that day should be coming soon. A few weeks back, daughter of head coach Alvin Gentry, Alexis, informed fans that Lou had advised her that he would be getting a Twitter account real soon. “I’m going to do it,” he reveals. “I’m going to have to do it now. I gave her my word, so I’m going to have to set one up.”

That didn’t stop Twitter users from sending in questions for DPJ to ask Lou. He was gracious enough to answer a few below.

@LateNightCat: Boxer or briefs?
Lou: “Boxer briefs. A little bit of both.”

@GmarieO: What type of hair ties do you use to hold back that glorious hair of yours?
Lou: “Well, this is a very important piece of equipment for me. They’re called Goody, I believe. They have elastic on them, so they’re like sports hair ties. I just recently got these purple ones. They’re the playoff hair ties.”

@LateNightCat: What type of music do you listen to?
Lou: “I listen to everything. Hip-hop, to R&B, to indie rock. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of R&B and soul-type stuff. A lot of the old school guys — Bill Withers, Sly and the Family Stone. Those guys are great. New people, Mayor Hawthorne has a new CD that’s out — real good. I’ve been rocking that.”


  • You say “lived” in Downtown Phoenix, has Lou left the downtown?

    Hopefully, he’ll see this note to say that there’s good soul music regularly at Char’s on 7th Avenue S of Camelback, and soon LOTS of great blues, jazz and soul coming to the Rack Shack, a bbq place in soft opening phase on 7th Ave just N of Camelback!

    Yes, Central Phoenix is more than indie bands! 🙂

    • Yes, Steve, I believe he used to live at Artisan Parkview. He lives in Scottsdale now.