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Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 6:15 am | Updated: 2:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo said he intends to return next season and fulfill the final year of his three-year deal with owner Robert Sarver.

The messy exit of Colangelo’s son, Bryan Colangelo, to the Toronto Raptors led to speculation that Jerry Colangelo might part ways with Sarver before his contract expired.

Before Monday’s Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers, however, Colangelo said that while it has been an unusual season, he plans to be back in 2006-07.

“I intend to be here,” he said. “There’s a commitment for another year. I don’t have any intention of going anywhere.”

NO CLASS

A few of the Suns were disappointed “but not surprised” that several Lakers (including Kobe Bryant) didn’t offer handshakes after the Suns won Game 7 of their hardfought series Saturday. For others, that was just fine.

“I used to play with (assistant coach) Brian Shaw and I have a lot of respect for what Phil Jackson has done in his career,” Suns forward Tim Thomas said. “I was looking for him at the end of the game and I’m glad that happened.

“As far as the players — let’s say I shook hands with everyone I wanted to. As for the rest, hey, no problem.”

Ex-Sun Jim Jackson was the first in line to exchange handshakes and hugs at the final horn.

YOU GOING TO CHANGE?

Sarver bought three new suits for the playoffs, but he’s yet to wear any of them. That’s because the Suns have yet to lose when Sarver has worn the bright, over-the-top orange shirt he debuted in Game 1 of the series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The shirt was 4-0 heading into Monday’s game.

“I’m not superstitious, but I can’t take it off,” Sarver said. “I’m not even sure what it’s made of.”

STERN ON NASH

NBA commissioner David Stern was on hand at US Airways Center Monday to present Steve Nash with the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award.

When asked if Nash’s second straight award is enough to elevate him to the status of some NBA legends who have won two in a row, Stern said:

“My view is you perform it a certain way, you get the award or not and then you get judged on the body of your work,” Stern said. “He will be very well judged on the body of his work. This is one extraordinary player.”

MORE STERN

Stern had this tongue-incheek take on the Clippers’ first playoff series win in 30 years.

“Over the years I used to say to our broadcasting department, ‘This is the year we should put the Clippers on the TV schedule,’ and they would say ‘David, go back into your office,’ “ Stern said.

“Once every 30 years, minimum, I think it’s good that a team should get to the second round. The Clippers have had a dry spell, shall we say, but their fans have supported them in increasing numbers so I am delighted for them.”

SAM I AM

Nash has fond memories of the few months he was teammates with Clippers guard Sam Cassell as a rookie with the Suns in 1996-97.

Cassell lasted only 22 games that year before being traded to Dallas in the Jason Kidd deal.

“I can’t tell many stories because they all involve a bar somewhere,” Nash said, smiling.

“He was the vet who brought me into the league, and he taught me a lot. I love his game. He’s a champion and a winner and a terrific scoring guard. He poses a lot of problems for us and gives them a lot of confidence and experience.”

BONUS SHOT

Suns coach Mike D’Antoni turned 55 Monday.

- The messy exit of Colangelo’s son, Bryan Colangelo, to the Toronto Raptors led to speculation that Jerry Colangelo might part ways with Sarver before his contract expired.

Before Monday’s Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers, however, Colangelo said that while it has been an unusual season, he plans to be back in 2006-07.

“I intend to be here,” he said. “There’s a commitment for another year. I don’t have any intention of going anywhere.”

NO CLASS

A few of the Suns were disappointed “but not surprised” that several Lakers (including Kobe Bryant) didn’t offer handshakes after the Suns won Game 7 of their hardfought series Saturday. For others, that was just fine.

“I used to play with (assistant coach) Brian Shaw and I have a lot of respect for what Phil Jackson has done in his career,” Suns forward Tim Thomas said. “I was looking for him at the end of the game and I’m glad that happened.

“As far as the players — let’s say I shook hands with everyone I wanted to. As for the rest, hey, no problem.”

Ex-Sun Jim Jackson was the first in line to exchange handshakes and hugs at the final horn.

YOU GOING TO CHANGE?

Sarver bought three new suits for the playoffs, but he’s yet to wear any of them. That’s because the Suns have yet to lose when Sarver has worn the bright, over-the-top orange shirt he debuted in Game 1 of the series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The shirt was 4-0 heading into Monday’s game.

“I’m not superstitious, but I can’t take it off,” Sarver said. “I’m not even sure what it’s made of.”

STERN ON NASH

NBA commissioner David Stern was on hand at US Airways Center Monday to present Steve Nash with the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award.

When asked if Nash’s second straight award is enough to elevate him to the status of some NBA legends who have won two in a row, Stern said:

“My view is you perform it a certain way, you get the award or not and then you get judged on the body of your work,” Stern said. “He will be very well judged on the body of his work. This is one extraordinary player.”

MORE STERN

Stern had this tongue-incheek take on the Clippers’ first playoff series win in 30 years.

“Over the years I used to say to our broadcasting department, ‘This is the year we should put the Clippers on the TV schedule,’ and they would say ‘David, go back into your office,’ “ Stern said.

“Once every 30 years, minimum, I think it’s good that a team should get to the second round. The Clippers have had a dry spell, shall we say, but their fans have supported them in increasing numbers so I am delighted for them.”

SAM I AM

Nash has fond memories of the few months he was teammates with Clippers guard Sam Cassell as a rookie with the Suns in 1996-97.

Cassell lasted only 22 games that year before being traded to Dallas in the Jason Kidd deal.

“I can’t tell many stories because they all involve a bar somewhere,” Nash said, smiling.

“He was the vet who brought me into the league, and he taught me a lot. I love his game. He’s a champion and a winner and a terrific scoring guard. He poses a lot of problems for us and gives them a lot of confidence and experience.”

BONUS SHOT

Suns coach Mike D’Antoni turned 55 Monday.

- Staff writers Jerry Brown, Craig Morgan and Matt Paulson contributed to this report.

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