I’ve taken a lot of trips down memory lane this week, as we prepared for the re-launch of Suns.com. I vividly recall reading a memo from the league office in 1995 describing plans for a new NBA portal that fans could access through their computers to get score and schedules for each team.
I probably shouldn’t admit this now, but I had no clue what they were talking about.
I remember the first time we ever posted video on the site in 1997. It was a 10-second, choppy clip of rookie Marko Milic hurdling a car during a dunk contest in Europe. That was some classic video!
I’ll never forget taking digital pictures of Jason Kidd and Penny Hardaway eating breakfast at the team hotel in Flagstaff during training camp 2000, and having the revelation that THIS was the kind of behind-the-scenes content that fans would eat up on Suns.com.
I remember all the live chats we scheduled during the weeks of camp, only to end up banging on players’ hotel room doors, trying to get them to wake up and answer the NBA moderator’s calls.
I’d like to forget our first-ever episode of Nothin’ But Net, which featured a very nervous Kayte Christensen as Cedric Ceballo’s co-host (she got much better as the weeks went on), and a very confused Bryan Colangelo, who had to be wondering why we kept interrupting his interview to put goofy props up in front of the camera lens. Thankfully, very few fans actually ever saw the debut, as an arena maintenance worker mercifully tripped over our extension cord, pulling the plug on the live webcast. True story.
I could go on and on, of course, but I thought I would share a few screen shots from Suns.com of years past instead. After all, a picture tells a thousand words, right? I hope you enjoy this 6,000-words worth of flashbacks, courtesy of the Wayback Machine, as much as I have, and enjoy the new-and-improved Suns.com even more!