Pivot Points: The Phoenix Suns’ Blazing Start Was A Desert Mirage

December 8th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
I love the old cartoons where the characters are stuck in the desert and are desperately trying to make it to the oasis in the distance, only to find that once they complete their journey there is nothing there but endless sand.

It reminds me of the plight of the Phoenix Suns who appeared headed for a dream season. At one point they were at the pinnacle of the NBA; now they find themselves crashing back down to earth on the wrong side of reality.

The elusive respect the Suns were seeking proved to be a desert mirage. In the space of one week as the Suns went from a league leading 14-3 record to 1-3 in their next four games, including a blowout loss to the lowly New York Knicks.

So what happened to the seemingly mighty Suns, and is there any way that they can stop the free—fall they are now entangled in?

The answer is probably not comforting for Phoenix and their fans, because this spiral was bound to happen sooner or later; the very essence of the team is fundamentally flawed.

The Suns were able to spurt to their quick start by hiding their weaknesses in a blur of orange and purple, but when force ...

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