Watch the Suns Rise in Phoenix
Rising from the ashes, the rebuilding Phoenix Suns are one of the more exciting
young teams in the league. If you're lucky enough to head out to Phoenix to see the team this season, here's what you need
The Suns boast long-standing rivalries with their Southwest competitors - the "Texas Triangle"
teams of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, in particular. They also have a long animosity toward their fellow Western power,
the Los Angeles Lakers. Additionally, there is no love lost for the fans who acquire Phoenix Suns tickets and parking passes
for the games when the Boston Celtics are in town - they defeated the Suns in one of the more memorable NBA Finals ever.
Suns are in a "rebuilding" mode, but they still have plenty of talent. The quick, entertaining backcourt of Goran Dragic and
Eric Bledsoe is one to watch. The "Morris twins" - Marcus and Markieff - form an imposing forward duo, and young center Alex
Len is one to watch. Additionally, the mercurial Gerald Green can have nights when he's unstoppable, and young P.J. Tucker
has been a surprise so far.
They may not have a championship, but the team has long been one of the
more entertaining squads in the National Basketball Association for those who have been able to get Phoenix Suns parking passes
since the team entered the league in 1968. After struggling for a number of years throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s,
they broke through with a Finals trip in 1975-76, powered by the talents of guard Paul Westphal and forward Gar Heard. The
Suns retreated to the middle of the pack through the 1980s before the talents of Kevin Johnson and Tom Chambers helped bring
the team back to respectability in the early 1990s. A trade for Charles Barkley in 1992 helped bring the Suns to the NBA Finals
in 1992-93, which they lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls. The Suns then fell back to the middle of the pack again for
a decade, but rebounded with the talents of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, who formed part of a string of high-flying, high-scoring
teams from 2004-2007. After injuries derailed the team, the Suns embarked on a rebuilding effort, beginning in 2012.
of Fame Players
The great Gar Heard and Paul Westphal helped bring the Suns to glory during their excellent late 1970s
teams, and Tom Chambers helped lead them through the 1980s. In the 1990s, the great Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson were
the focus of a high-scoring attack, and the great Steve Nash (with a cameo from Shaquille O'Neal) powered the talented Suns
of the 2000s.
Here's some Suns trivia for you. What team did the Phoenix Suns play in the legendary 1976
Finals? What former Sun is the team's current head coach? What former Sun is now the mayor of Sacramento, California? What
animal is used as the Suns' famous mascot?
Answers: Boston, Jeff Hornacek, Kevin Johnson, Gorilla
The Phoenix Suns have made it to two legendary finals - the first, in 1976, when they dropped a heartbreaker
to the Boston Celtics (in fact, Game Five of that series is usually christened as "The Greatest Basketball Game Ever Played"),
and the second, in 1993, when they took a Chicago Bulls team (one boasting Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen) to a tough six
games. Beyond that, they had several bruising playoff wars with the Lakers and Spurs throughout the early 2000s, never reaching
the finals - but coming very, very close.