The Bulls are red. The Rockets are too. Unless you wear purple or orange though, I don’t care for you.

I’m pretty sure that was the gist of the very first Valentine’s Day poem I ever wrote back in the third grade. See, I’ve always been in enthralled with the Phoenix Suns long before they ever gave me a paycheck (and unfortunately it’s not the seven-figure one third grade me thought I’d be getting as the starting power forward).

For the past 23 Valentine’s Days I’ve had a love affair with the team. Not in a creepy Single White Female type of way, but in the way you love a person that has been there for you through thick and thin (and let’ just say I’ve gained and lost a lot of weight over the years with the Suns there to witness it). It’s been the longest standing relationship in my life.

Like most relationships it has had its ups and downs. There have even been some mornings where I woke up, rolled over and thought to myself “well, that’s just not very pretty.” Regardless of my feelings in the moment, I stayed true.

It’s so bad when someone asks me if I’m going to be picking up Roses or Strawberries I ask, “Why, does Jalen or D.J. need a ride?”

While we’ve yet to make it official by, as Beyonce would say, ‘putting a ring on it’, it’s a committed relationship. You won’t see me running around wearing any purple and gold or black and silver anytime soon (and it’s has nothing to do with how it looks on me either). That’s because, when you love something — as every romantic comedy starring John Cusack has taught us — you stick around because something magical is bound to happen.

Although I don’t have anymore poems — I have to save those for the wife — I do have this. Happy Valentine’s Day Suns. I forgive you for never letting me play and giving me this writing job instead.

What made you fall i love with the Suns?

About Greg Esposito

Hi, my name is Greg Esposito, my friends call me Espo and I’m a Phoenix Suns-aholic. I also happen to be the team's Social Media Specialist as well as one of the online content creators. You'll find my sarcastic musings here on as the Suns Retorter.

  • Rose Black

    Steve Nash. I don’t even like sports.

  • Karen Griego

    I was attending graduate school at NAU. I was staying at the dorm and from my room I heard people yelling down the hall. I walked down to see what was going on and there I saw a bunch of people in the lounge yelling at the tv. I looked at the screen and saw the Phoenix Suns playing in the play offs. I had never watched a game and knew nothing about basketball or the NBA. Suddenly Charles Barkley (found out his name later) was powering his way to the basket and then he scored. I was hooked. I sat down and watched the rest of the game asking all kinds of questions. I never stopped watching and have been a Phoenix Suns fan ever since. Charles Barkley ( KJ second) is still my favorite all time player and I will be a fan for life.



  • Roberta

    I was always a Boston Celtics fan until I moved to Phoenix in 1974. I started watching the Suns, going to the games, and when the Finals of 1976 came about and I was on the floor screaming at the TV during Game 5 and moving closer with each overtime, I knew I was a Suns fan forever. They are truly my Valentine’s every day of the year.

  • Gigantus

    Steve Nash Amare Stoudemire pick and roll! One of my fav moves executed by these two.

  • Cory

    What made me fall in love with the Suns? The 92-93 run to the finals when I was 10 years old. KJ, Chuck, Marjerle, Ainge, Dumas, Ceballos, Knight, F. Johnson, Chambers, West……..old school players man.

  • Lori

    I had never watched an NBA game in my life. I started following the Suns when Steve Nash wash traded to the Suns from Dallas. Nash hooked me and I have followed the Suns primariy, and the rest of the NBA ever since.

  • Patricia

    I learned to love the Suns through my daughter that was mesmerized by Barkley, Chambers and the gang. With only one tv, I either watched them or went to another room. I soon became the one that controlled the set during game time, and then Steve Nash came on board and I have been hooked!!