A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Okay, it wasn’t really all that long ago, and it was actually on an orange planet pretty close by. But if you attended our game on April 11, you enjoyed a thrilling double-feature, as the Suns beat the Rockets on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night.”

The hardwood court at US Airways Center was invaded by Stormtroopers, bounty hunters and Sith Lords during the elaborate pre-game introductions, while the Gorilla used the Force to fight off the Dark Side and defeat the Rockets’ bear mascot, and the Suns Dancers wowed the crowd in vintage Princess Leia attire.

[Star Wars Night Photos | Suns Talk Star Wars]

As a huge Star Wars fan myself (I just got my Verizon R2D2 Droid phone!), it was a thrill and honor to collaborate with the amazing PR team at Lucasfilm to organize our unique theme night, and it was touching to see so many young smiling kids getting their photos taken with Clone Troopers and X-Wing Pilots throughout the arena. I couldn’t help but remember my parents taking me, as a 6-year-old, to get our family picture taken with Darth Vader and Chewbacca at a neighborhood fast food joint in 1978.

Why am I telling you all of this now, seven months after the event? Because all big blockbusters are followed up by a sequel, of course, and we are currently planning our next Star Wars theme night, coming in early 2011. Call it “Return of the Jedi to Planet Orange.” Or maybe “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night, Episode 2.”

More details to come soon, but in the meantime I wanted to let all of my fellow Suns and Star Wars fans know about another special event coming to Phoenix on December 9, just to whet your appetite. Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network are hosting a theatrical screening of several upcoming episodes of their popular Clone Wars animated series, which will feature the big-screen debut of a new villain, Savage Opress. By looks of the trailer below, they will also explore Sith training for the first time ever.

Oh, and just a little warning for parents, these episodes promise to be a bit more intense (they have a rating of TV PG-V), so they might not be appropriate for your youngest “Padawans.” In other words, my 6-year-old daughter will have to stay home with mommy that night, while my 10-year-old son and I explore the very nature of the Dark Side.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Limited seating available.

Looks amazing, right? Leave your comments on the trailer below and let me know what you’d like to see us do differently for this year’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night.”


  • JAS

    What would this fan like to see? A 6’11 clone to play power forward, please make him rebound and play defense. Throw in a young point guard to share time with the Djuric drone. Maybe then we won’t have to travel to a galaxy far far away to win a championship.

  • Me

    Star Wars Clone Wars really are for kids and they aren’t that good …

  • Ursula

    Where is this event going to be at? Whether The Clone Wars is for kids or not, it’s been a great way for my kids and I to connect and have fun together. (It’s a lot more bear-able than Jonas Brothers, or Hannah Montana, or any of the other inane kids’ shows out there!) we would love to attend this screening.