I’ve Seen the Future and It Includes Purple

I’ve seen the future.

As a fan inside the organization you get the opportunity to see things, whether you’re supposed to or not, that other fans don’t necessarily get a chance to. You get a look behind the proverbial curtain that you can only dream about as a child. It’s things like seeing inside the locker room and the training room. Getting to know the players and sitting down to have conversations with the legends of the team. Sometimes you even get a chance to help shape the future of the organization in one way or another. I’ve been privileged to get to do all of those things in my brief time working for the team.

Some fans haven’t been happy as of late. I can understand why. You may feel unlistened to or hurt for one reason or another. You’re entitled to your feelings, but I can tell you this, don’t believe everything you read or see. It may not exactly be true. [Read more...]

Robert Sarver Talks About What He’s Learned as an Owner

Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver sat down with Channel 12′s Bruce Cooper and AZCentral Sports’ Dan Bickley to talk about what he’s learned in his time as an NBA owner and what he thinks the future holds for his Phoenix Suns.

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Thank You John Paxson?

Time flys by when you’re having fun, or attending a large amount of therapy. Twenty years ago on June 20, 1993 I stopped having a lot of the former and began the latter.

That’s because on that night at the America West Arena (now known as the US Airways Center) the Bulls’ John Paxson hit a 3-pointer to end the 1993 NBA Finals . It also ended the Suns’ best chance at winning a title, at least in my opinion. It’s a moment that I remember frame by frame to this day, although my brain has injected Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence” blaring on the arena PA system. The song’s refrain kicks in just as Mark West looks up to see the dagger fall through the net. Other than that, it is a completely untainted memory even two decades later. That’s because, at just nine years old, it was my first experience with true heartbreak. [Read more...]

Suns One On One: SI’s Jack McCallum on ’93 Finals

Suns One On One host Greg Esposito caught up with Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum ( @McCallum12) to talk about his piece entitled “The Best Finals Ever” about the Suns-Bulls duel in the desert in 1993. McCallum shares his memories of being courtside and provides some insight that counteracts what many believe about the series clinching shot by John Paxson. They talk about that and much more on this edition of the show.

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Could Candy Be Steven Adams’ Biggest Flaw?

When dealing with international draft prospects entering the NBA sometimes you just don’t know what you might get. In Steven Adams’ case what you don’t get may have nothing to do with his on the court skills. Even though he played one year in the states after arriving from New Zealand, there are some cultural things he may still have to adjust to in the NBA.

Adams’ has a glaring deficiency that any team that drafts him may have to address quite quickly, and his representatives may have to turn into an endorsement deal. The 19-year-old center who played one year at Pitt made a pretty big confession following his pre-draft workout for the Suns over the weekend.

“What’s a peanut butter cup?,” Adams said to a reporter. “I haven’t even tried those yet.”

Never tried a peanut butter cup? Isn’t that required on American college entrance exams these days? If not, it should at least be expected of a person wanting to enter the NBA.

In a league that includes guys like Lamar Odom who has battled with a well documented candy addiction, even being nicknamed “the Candyman”, Derek Rose who has had stomach issues in the past due to gummy bears that almost made him miss a title game and even Phoenix’s own Michael Beasley who has a love for Skittles, Adams will have to learn to adapt on the fly.

That, and he’s missing out on one of the great joys in life, chocolate combined with peanut butter. Easily the best two-man game outside of Stockton and Malone.

The best part of it all though was the sense of humor Adams showed about the situation. He laughed about the entire situation saying he wouldn’t share his bad habit secrets with the media while also getting in a joke of his own telling the gathered group that for Phoenix, he’d expect the reporters to have better tans. Apparently he doesn’t realize how much time we spend inside waiting to talk to guys like him.

In a process that can tend to feel monotonous, it was nice of Adams to show off his personality. And Steven, wherever you wind up, the first time you’re back in Phoenix the first peanut butter cup is on me. (That is, as long as the league doesn’t look at that as an added incentive.)

Suns One On One: Grant Hill on Retirement

Suns One On One host Greg Esposito got the chance Monday to spend sometime with former Sun Grant Hill to talk about his retirement. The two discussed his career, his ability to lead on and off the court and what is next for the former star. Hear all that and much more on this episode.

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Suns One on One: Jeff Hornacek

Suns One On One host Greg Esposito sat down for the first indepth interview with new Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. The two satdown at the new coach’s Phoenix home to discuss his time as a Sun, his formative years in basketball, what kind of coach fans can expect him to be. Find out that and much more in this edition.

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A Fan’s Guide to the Suns Offseason

While walking the streets of New York — the city, not the pizza joint — many things run through your head. Most of which start with, “I really hope that half-naked guy isn’t walking in my direction.” But I digress.

A lot of those things seem pretty mundane or second nature at the time, as you’re just trying to navigate the hoards of people in an effort to cross the street without getting hit by one of the many overzealous cabbies more willing to curse at you than a Lakers fan visiting US Airways Center. It’s not until you are a few steps — no pun intended — removed from the situation that you really see there are life lessons to be learned from the concrete jungle that is Manhattan.

As was the case with me. After returning from the NBA Draft Lottery in Times Square and reflecting on the experience, I realized it actually taught me a thing or two about the process the Suns and their fans will be going through to rebuild the franchise. [Read more...]

Draft Lottery: Calling it a Draw with Fate and a Fortune Teller

At some point in my life someone once said, “Fate is a fickle mistress, my friend. You never know when she’ll turn on you.” On second thought, I don’t know anyone that wise or eloquent, so I must have read it somewhere.

It’s a quote I didn’t fully comprehend until coming to New York for Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. As I’ve chronicled on this blog over the last few days, I was in search of my own luck for the Suns in the Big Apple. I wasn’t alone in my crusade either.

As I walked alongside President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and President of Business Operations Jason Rowley towards the home of the NBA Draft Lottery, ABC’s Times Square studios, the two decided to make an impromptu and unique stop. [Read more...]

Draft Lottery: Signs and Exorcising Decades Old Demons

New York City. The Big Apple. The concrete jungle. Also, the place I finally got to tell one of the Suns’ greatest nemesis of the last two decades just how much he’s hurt me and the rest of the Phoenix faithful.

Let me take a step back though. This entire trip to New York City has become an exercise in luck (and also an exercise physically with all the walking you have to do). Since my arrival yesterday, I’ve wandered the city in hopes of finding signs that tonight could be a special night for the Suns franchise. Within minutes of walking into Times Square, mere feet from the studio the entire draft lottery will take place at, I found a pair of new purple-and-orange Charles Barkley shoes. And if they weren’t $235, I’d be wearing them with my suit as we speak. Coincidence? Quite possibly. But these were shoes that I hadn’t found in any Valley area store over the last week while actively looking for them.

If that wasn’t sign enough, when I looked up, the window of the ABC studio had lottery ball graphics in it. Staring me straight in the face, above the street entertainers dressed as Iron Man, Spider-man and Teletubbies, was the Suns’ logo. Okay, so that one is kind of a stretch seeing as every team, including ones not in the lottery, were represented in the graphic. But, I’ll take what I can get and it is not bad for my first hour in the city. [Read more...]