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Jerry Brown is a contributing columnist who appears every Sunday in the Tribune. Contact him at jbrown5548@aol.com

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 4:47 pm

My first thought when the Suns acquired Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets?

Thank goodness Michael Beasley doesn't have a twin brother.

Seriously though, I'm not exactly sure what the deal is with the Suns and twins.

The only other pair of twin brothers to play on the same team in NBA history was Tom and Dick Van Arsdale - also for the Suns - in the 1976-77 season. It was the year after the Suns went to the NBA Finals and lost to the Boston Celtics - a disappointing and absolutely forgettable season except for the vision of No. 4 and No. 5 sharing the floor in their final NBA season.

Then we had Robin Lopez, twin brother of Brook, here for a few years before he took his talents and comic books to New Orleans. And now Markieff Morris, who is seven minutes older and was drafted five minutes earlier (13th instead of 14th) is joined in Phoenix by Marcus, a slightly smaller version of the duo who helped Kansas to 95 wins and three Big 12 titles.

If the deal works -and both Marcus and Markieff blossom after clunky starts in the NBA - the Suns will have two pieces to a puzzle that is nowhere close to completion. If not, they wasted a little money and a second-round pick that had little chance of playing a true role.

Hey. It could happen.

• Did anyone notice last Monday's Coyotes-Flames game at Jobing.com Arena was a sellout? Yes, I know kids 12-and-under got in free. But the building was also packed with Alberta transplants that somehow proved that - when properly motivated - getting to Westgate on a weeknight for a 7 p.m. puck drop isn't really akin to Houdini's Water Torture Escape.

In fact, the Coyotes will likely rejoice when the NHL realigns at the end of the season - provided of course, they are still here.

It appears as if Dallas - two hours and in the wrong direction, time-zone wise - won't be part of the four mega-division concept favored by the league. And teams in the Northwest Division that the Coyotes have dominated during the Dave Tippett Era - Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton and even Vancouver - will be making more visits to Arizona, along with the two visits each year from Detroit and Chicago.

The Coyotes players might have had some great rivalries with Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose, but that intensity never showed up at the turnstiles - especially early in the season and on weeknights. But the Canadian snowbirds, who seemingly own every third house in some pockets of the Valley - are more than happy to brave traffic, buy beer and jack the 50-50 raffle to $25,000 a night now that the Looney has the American dollar in a sleeper hold.

So let's say nine dates against Western Canada, four more against the other Canadian teams and four more against the Hawks and Red Wings. That's 17 home dates - almost half the home schedule - with guaranteed big crowd nights, free kids or not.

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