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Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2006 11:39 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Hey, it’s their money and lungs, but it was interesting to watch Suns fans give Tim Thomas the Joe Johnson treatment Wednesday. What's the beef behind all the booing?

Thomas came to Phoenix, worked for minimum wage (in NBA parlance) for three months and came up huge in the playoffs. He said he wanted to stay, and he gave the Suns a fair chance to match (or come close) to the Clippers’ four-year, $24 million deal.

Didn’t the guy deserve at least one “Hey, thanks for the clutch 3-ball that saved our season against the Lakers” cheer before he became “them”?

In the end, the Suns will make out like a smart day-trader on Thomas. They bought low and got a great return during his salary drive. Now they cashed out and, who knows, Thomas could be a drag on the Clippers’ payroll if his out-of-shape, 2-for-8 effort Wednesday was any indication.

THANKS, WE NEEDED THAT

Guillermo Mota isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer — he tested positive for steroids and will serve a 50-game suspension for getting caught — but I do give him credit for at least owning up to his crime. “I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable,” said a statement attributed to Mota.

That was it. He didn’t blame it on supplements, or a masseuse with a grudge, or an assassin who came out of nowhere and jammed a needle in his rear end while he was at the bus stop.

He was struggling. He took steroids. He got caught.

PREDICTIONS

Arizona State 31, Oregon State 21: What am I doing? The Beavers are coming off a win over Southern California and the Devils nearly imploded against Washington before winning in overtime. But there seems to be something building in Tempe, and a win sets up the Devils to salvage the season.

Washington State 23, Arizona 13: Willie T returns, but the Cougars are playing well and always tough to beat in Pullman. The Wildcats have three wins and one conference win. That could be it, folks.

The Cardinals are on a bye week. Fill in your own joke here.

QUICK HITTERS

If you need any other evidence something is wrong with the new NBA ball: The New York Knicks are 1-0 after beating Memphis in triple overtime.

Rasheed Wallace, who holds the NBA record for technical fouls in a season (41), is on pace to get 164 after testing the new no-tolerance edict on disputes with officials and leaving Detroit’s loss to Milwaukee midway through the third quarter.

The SEC has told South Carolina to top using a rooster crow before third-down situations on defense. So from now on, coach Steve Spurrier will have to make the noise himself.

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