You Just Can’t Count the Suns Out

May 27th, 2010 by Jess Root Leave a reply »
Just a week ago, The Phoenix Suns had been read their last rites. They were in the ground and dirt was being tossed on. The ubiquitously quoted statistic of Phil Jackson’s teams being 46-0 in series in which they win game one was part of the last rites. Down 2-0 to the defending champions, LA fans had their brooms out.

Even before the series started, I was openly mocked by many with my prediction of a long, competitive series (especially since I picked Phoenix to win game seven in Los Angeles to move on to the NBA Finals ). I understand in part, because at a glance it seems absurd.

Admittedly, my pick was based largely on the belief that Andrew Bynum would be ineffective because of his knee injury and that Kobe Bryant’s lingering injuries would take their toll on him. The former has certainly been evident, while the latter has been anything but.

However, there is just something special about this year’s Suns team. It is almost magical. Being a lifelong Arizona sports fan, I can recall the 1993 Suns team that had its failed title run.

That team was different. All year it played as a frontrunner. All of us felt that ...

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