Let me start out by saying that writing on a blog again feels really good. For most of you, you’re probably thinking, “Huh? I’ve never even heard of this guy before!” So I’ll back up a little bit.

As Jeramie McPeek explained in his last blog post, I just started working for the Phoenix Suns as the new Web Analytics Coordinator. But before I started here, I wrote a Phoenix Suns fan blog located at BrightSideoftheSun.com. Before that, I was writing over at TheSunsBlog.com. Hopefully, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me over the coming weeks and months.

I’m not sure about you but, as a fan, by the time the season ends (unfortunately over the past several years it seems like the season has always ended too early), I’m ready for a break from all things basketball. When the draft comes around, I’m ready for a bit of basketball talk and then I go into basketball hibernation for a few weeks. Now it’s almost the middle of August and I’m beginning to get a hankerin’ for some NBA basketball again.

The NBA schedule came out last week and there are some interesting things to note:

  1. The Suns start traveling early in the season and get 20% of their Away games out of the way before the end of November.
  2. In December, the team will have a good “litmus test” trip when they play San Antonio on the 17th and Dallas on the 19th.
  3. In both December and January, the team has two away games where they won’t have to travel between games. On December 25th and 27th and then again on January 15th and 17th the Suns play both the Lakers and the Clippers on the road. Since both teams play in the Staples Center, the Suns shouldn’t have to travel between those games.
  4. Between January 29th and February 24th, the Suns play 10 out of their 11 games at home. The only away game is at Golden State on February 13.
  5. All 4 of the Phoenix/San Antonio matchups will be nationally televised this season.
  6. All 3 of the Phoenix/Dallas matchups will be nationally televised this year.
  7. From February 10th to February 24, the Suns have 6 games in a row that are nationally televised.

What do you think of the schedule? Where do you think the Suns will have the most trouble? Where do you think the Suns have it the easiest?

I look forward to hearing from everyone now and throughout the season. We’ll be making some changes on the blog over the next few months, too, so let us know what you think!