Exploring the best and worst-case scenarios for the Phoenix Suns heading into the 2019-20 NBA season
I once had a friend who adopted a dog. The dog came from an abusive home so it was a pretty sad situation, but the dog was a lot to handle because of its previous owner. There were a lot of times where it would act totally normal and be just like any other good dog. Then, there were other times where it would rip the house apart when he was gone and attack local joggers when it went outside. It never actually hurt anyone, but I’m sure having a dog run up behind you and nip at your calf while you have headphones in is pretty jarring.
The Phoenix Suns are that dog, Robert Sarver is the abusive owner, and Suns fans are the joggers getting attacked when they aren’t expecting it.
It’s likely that the Suns will miss the playoffs again this year and make it a decade straight of not qualifying for a single playoff appearance. It’s becoming harder and harder to remember, but they weren’t always this inept.
The team that former owner Jerry Colangelo built was a model franchise. The Suns never won a championship, but they were a staple in the playoffs for decades under Colangelo’s leadership. The team was eventually sold to current owner, Robert Sarver, in 2004. They still had some great teams with Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, but it was the beginning of the end, as Sarver was about to lose everything that Colangelo had built in Phoenix.
Even Colangelo wouldn’t have been able to avoid the demise of the Nash/Stoudemire team. Everyone gets old, and they would have eventually been forced to rebuild. That being said, I would have trusted Colangelo’s track record to not go a full decade without a playoff appearance.
It would take a full article to go through all of Sarver’s missteps in Phoenix, but that’s not what this is about. It is, however, important to understand that the ineptitude of this organization starts at the very top and funnels all the way down.
Under Sarver, the Suns have created a culture of losing, and that’s not easy to wipe clean. My fear for the Suns is that they won’t be able to get it fixed until Sarver sells the team, but if I was a Suns fan I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
General manager James Jones is in charge of building this team and hopes to change the culture that’s been instilled with this organization over the last several years. That doesn’t happen in one day or even one year, but they can’t start any sooner than right now. So on that note, let’s explore the best and worst-case scenario for the 2019-20 Suns.