Sports in Arizona is a unique market. In a state that prides itself as a place to retire and remain active, we get many residents from all over the country. When this happens, they bring their “fanhood” with them. We can’t fault them for it. I would only hope that if Cardinals/Suns/Diamondbacks/Coyotes fans move to another state, they would still root for their home teams. We can, however, certainly fault ourselves for selling our tickets to opposing fans, but that’s a topic for a different day. You would generally expect that the Arizona sports market is lacking when it comes to player loyalty. “Why would anyone want to stay in Arizona when the large markets get to have all the fun and glory?” Historically, Arizona athletes have actually been notably loyal.
This NBA offseason has been a whirlwind for Suns fans. You start by drafting Deandre Ayton. Pair that with a draft day trade for Mikal Bridges. Not to mention the Suns bringing in a solid veteran addition in Trevor Ariza. Lock it in, this is the best offseason for the entire NBA right? Wrong.
Where one lays their head down daily to sleep at night is called home according to an old saying. A bed to sleep usually consists of blankets, pillows, sheets and perhaps a comfortable mattress. Regardless of the bed and its comfort, the main component to having that bed is having a roof over their head to call home.
Banana boats, summer vacations, and schemes to “team up.” This is the standard in today’s NBA. Players want to win, but they want to win while playing with their friends even more. This summer is no exception, with the #1 pick in their hands, our Phoenix Suns have a lot of decisions to make that will shape their future for years to come. The Karl-Anthony Towns debacle has been well documented, as well as Devin Booker’s interest in said situation.
There has been an NBA prospect that is quickly rising among big boards and his name is Jaren Jackson Jr. Standing at 6’11” with a 7’4″ wingspan, Jackson Jr. has the physical intangibles to impress NBA Scouts.
OTA’s have finished and minicamps around the league have begun. This is usually the time where Cardinals fans hear nothing but reviews on players progress. Traditionally, Arizona Cardinals fans don’t have to put up with the “drama” of players holding out for better contracts. One of the last holdouts I can remember was for Simeon Rice in 1996 or even the infamous holdout of Kelly Stouffer back when the organization notoriously underpaid players.
When you have the number 1 pick in the NBA draft, a draft that includes two players that A LOT of teams desire (Ayton & Doncic), rumors will swirl. All 29 teams will await your move, anticipating your mistake and profit from your misfortunes. This frenzy before the draft that is still two months away is something that I don’t believe most Suns fans anticipated. Only days after the draft lottery picks were announced, fans have been debating all over social media about who the Phoenix Suns should take with their first #1 pick in franchise history, Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic. But then something interesting happened.
The University of Phoenix stadium is about to be awarded another Super Bowl (pending a vote Tuesday). If the vote passes, this will be their third Super Bowl in this arena, and fourth for the valley of the sun.