The Suns begin their season on Oct. 26th at Portland (the 5th season in a row opening on the road). The Suns play their first home game on Oct. 29th against the Los Angeles Lakers. Words of advice: Don’t forget to box out Ron Artest, especially if the game is close and pending his Psychiatrist is in the building. God bless whoever that is. And good luck guarding Pau Gasol without Amar’e in the middle. Oh wait, Amar’e didn’t play defense.
Speaking of, the Suns host Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks on Jan. 7th for a game on ESPN. I doubt the Knicks can make a play for coveted Carmelo Anthony, so this should be a fun game to see if Amar’e and former Suns coach D’Antoni can beat Nash and his Suns.
The Miami Heat and their “3 Kings” of LeBron, D Wade, and Bosh come to Phoenix once on Dec. 23. It will be like buying tickets to the Circus. Very expensive tickets. Until the Circus eventually breaks down and forfeits to a deeper, more talented team.
The Suns end the regular season at home on April 13 vs. San Antonio. This will hopefully not be the end of their season.
Murder by the Numbers:
- The Suns play 14 Friday night home games (a plus for many) but have 0 (zero) home games on Saturday night.
- The Suns are on national television 25 times with 10 of the games being on ESPN, 7 on TNT, 6 on NBA-TV, and 2 on ABC.
- The Suns only play 5 of their first 14 games at home.
- The Suns have 3 road trips of at least 5 games after New Years.
- The Suns play 16 back-to-back sets this season, 4 fewer than last season.
C – Robin Lopez
The bench consists of Earl Clark (fresh off his rookie season), Jared Dudley (hope he kept his 3-ball clean, I know he got his Twitter game up), rookie guard Matt Janning out of Northeastern, rookie forward Gani Lawal out of Georgia Tech, and free agents Jarron Collins and Louis Almondson (who isn’t going to re-sign with the Suns).
If Turkoglu, Childress and Warrick can produce enough points each game to match Stoudemire’s production and mesh with Steve Nash, the Suns have a good chance to be a playoff contending team. Only problem is, Turkoglu fell off pretty bad last year. The Michael Jordan of Turkey played well in Orlando a couple seasons ago and then took his career to Toronto and nearly killed it. Let’s hope his ball control and floor spacing abilities will help the Suns out this year. Childress will offer solid perimeter defense, which the Suns lacked last year, and tremendous athletic ability. Warrick might be the new pick-and-roll favorite with Steve Nash, matching the skills of Amar’e with aggressive inside scoring and a strong short perimeter shot.
The ESPN NBA Summer Forecast has the Suns finishing 9th in the Western Conference next year. Seems accurate with the teams in front of them and the teams behind them, though the Suns could battle the Rockets for the 8 spot. The Suns front office has had a very big shakedown with Steve Kerr leaving and Lon Babby coming in. The former player agent should be an interesting mix, though my opinion is he will not last long.
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Written by Michael Sundvik
University of Idaho - 2010 - Communications/PR/Advertising Hometown: Boise, ID Current Location: Phoenix, AZ