Unless you haven’t clicked on Suns.com in the last 72 hours, you had no idea that something incredible occurred at US Airways Center on Tuesday. And it wasn’t even on the court.
Nick Ketner, a mortician from Queen Creek, won the 2011 “Bounce With the Suns” dribble-to-you-drop contest after dribbling nearly 44 hours. The completion, which started at 9 a.m. Sunday and ended at 4:47 a.m. Tuesday, benefitted the Health & Wealth Raffle.
The Suns coaches and players, who were on the road during the event, heard about the impressive feat.
“We should be taking him to Palm Springs or Beverly Hills for dribbling for 44 hours,” Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry said. “It just goes to show the dedication that our fans have. I think it speaks volumes about the type of fans that we have, which proves what I already thought, that I think we have the best fans in the world.”
Suns power forward Channing Frye was also very impressed with the show of endurance.
“I’ve done nothing for 44 hours in my life,” Frye said. “Congratulations to him, I hope we get to meet him and that he has a good time on the plane. I hope he gets to eat and drink as much as he wants.”
As someone that has worked to make tremendous strides physically, Suns swingman Jared Dudley can appreciate that sort of perseverance, as well. He believes that Ketner should be well-rewarded.
“Tell him to ice that arm, drink some water, drink some Gatorade and relax,” Dudley said. “For 44 hours, you should be able to travel, sleep in the locker room, do it all.”