The Phoenix Suns took on the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday in what appeared to be another slow start for the Suns (72-49 at halftime). The marquee matchup was surely seeing Rookie center Deandre Ayton go up against the entertaining Joel Embiid. Unfortunately, Ayton (18pts/11reb) had no answer for Joel Embiid (42pts/18reb) who was a force to be reckoned with.
The Phoenix Suns have done something that hasn’t been done since 2015: a 4-game winning streak. In just one week the Suns doubled their win totals. This begs the question, “What on earth has changed for the Phoenix Suns?!”
The result of this game should come as no surprise to Suns fans. The defending champs took care of their “little brother” Monday night in Oracle Arena by 20 points. In a game that was marked for Golden State to regain their confidence after previously losing to the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors sped off from the moment the ball was tipped and never looked back.
In the midst of a failing NFL & MLB Team, sports fans in Arizona turn their eyes towards a team with a fresh start and new sponsor (PayPal); the Phoenix Suns. The young Suns opened their preseason last night against the divisional foe the Sacramento Kings.
The Phoenix Suns held a media day at Talking Stick Resort Arena, we got a close look at the team for the first time all together in one room. One room that featured podiums and photo booths to do the team and individual pictures.
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.
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.
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.