The Phoenix Suns are a busy bunch during this year’s preseason – playing 8 games in 15 days.
The Suns’ preseason includes a trip to Vancouver – where Steve Nash had a busy summer. (NBAE Photos)
There are 3 games at US Airways Center where fans can get a first glance at the new team – Saturday, October 13 against New Orleans, Monday, October 15 vs Utah and Thursday, October 25 against Denver.
This preseason is loaded with potential “up-and-comers” in the Western Conference. After meetings against Sacramento and New Orleans to start off the preseason, the Suns meet up with the Utah Jazz on October 15. The Jazz made it to the Western Conference Finals last season and should be just as good this coming season with most of their team returning along with some off-season free agent signings.
The Suns then spend the next 4 days in Los Angeles where they will play 3 games in 4 nights. Up first in L.A. are the Clippers. After that game, the Suns will participate in the LA Shootout at the Staples Center which is somewhat like a mini-tournament between the Suns, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets.
After the LA Shootout, Phoenix will take on Denver but this time it’s in Phoenix in October so there is no chance of the game getting snowed out.
The Suns wrap up their preseason in Vancouver against Seattle where they will meet a very different Sonics team. The Sonics added several pieces to their puzzle this offseason, including acquiring Kurt Thomas from the Suns. This will also be the first opportunity for the Suns to see the #2 draft pick, Kevin Durant.
Speaking of Vancouver, Steve Nash was busy there this summer. He held a charity game there in July where he met up with some current teammates, including Raja Bell. He also opened the Steve Nash Sports Club around that same time.
Getting back to the schedule, do you think this preseason schedule will help the Suns warm up for the regular season? Is it too many games in too few days? Just right? Is there anything you wish would be changed? Let me know in the comments below!