Phoenix Suns Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Phoenix Suns kick off their 2014-2015 basketball season with a game on October 29th against their much hated rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. It seems fitting that the ascendant Suns, rising from the ashes just like their namesake city, will start this hopeful season with a chance for some payback against the Lakers, now merely a cruddy reflection of their former greatness. The schedule is typical, one home and one away against each Eastern Conference team, and a number of games against their Western rivals. The Suns schedule leads off heavy on the home games, giving them the opportunity to get a strong start to the season and establish themselves as a playa in the tough Western Conference. A strong start is essential to this squad, as they are widely recognized as a team on the way up and will not be viewed as an also-ran and underestimated by their opponents this season. The regular season closes out with a game against the Clippers on April 14th, and the Suns hope to continue on to the playoffs at that point.
Phoenix Suns Roster
The Suns have opted for more of a â€œtweak around the edgesâ€ approach than a massive overhaul. The key players are all returning including RFA holdout Eric Bledsoe, recently inked to a fat $70 million contract. The key rotation player loss is Channing Frye who bolted to the East. His ability to stretch the defense with his mid to long-range shooting skill will be missed, but with the hoped progression of last yearâ€™s #1 pick, Alex Len, his contributions should be compensated for. Joining the squad this season will be a pair of solid rookies, slick-shooting SF, T.J. Warren and point guard sparkplug, Tyler Ennis. Also, amidst competition, Phoenix was able to land Zoran Dragic, a hero of the Serbian national team who opted to join his big brother, Goran, on the Phoenix squad. Another coup for the Suns was the signing of former Sacramento star, Isaiah Thomas, a tiny point guard with a big propensity to fill up the basket. With the resigning of Bledsoe and the addition of Thomas, the Suns are widely viewed as having one of the best young backcourts in the league.
Phoenix Suns Fan Experience
The Suns play their home games at U.S. Airways Center, located at 201 E. Jefferson Street in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Formerly known as America West Arena, the venue is aging, but is still the jewel of the downtown area. It underwent renovations in 2014 that hopefully updated it to the quality of some of the newer venues. Like virtually all NBA homes, ticket prices are grossly overpriced and youâ€™ll have to take out a second mortgage to buy a hot dog and a beer. But what is a sports fan, if not someone willing to be relentlessly gouged in the name of rooting for the home team?
Phoenix Suns Trivia
This year's Suns squad will be the first NBA team in history to boast two pairs of brothers on its squad. The virtually indistinguishable identical twins, Markieff and Marcus Morris, and second team All-NBA point guard Goran Dragic now joined by his little brother, Zoran Dragic, help comprise this ascendant squad.
Phoenix Suns History
Phoenix has a rather pedestrian history as far as the ranks of the NBA elite are concerned, making it to the Finals just twice in their history, the most recent in 1993 with a Charles Barkley led squad whose heart was broken in Chicago by a John Paxson jumper. They do, however, have a history of winning, and have fielded a playoff caliber team far more often than not. Recent history is nothing to brag about since the really good Mike Dâ€™Antonio led run and gun squads featuring the Amare Stoudemire/Shawn Marion/Steve Nash crew. But, obli dee, obli da, life goes on. Itâ€™s a new day and the Suns are finding a new way to return to prominence and contention. Returning coach Jeff Hornacek, a former Suns standout himself, has returned fastbreak basketball to the city and hopes to mold this squad into a contender in the West. This is no easy task, but he may just have the tools to do it.
Phoenix Suns Fan Info
Phoenix has a rather mellow, but supportive, fanbase. When sporting a solid team, the fans do show up to play, often selling out the stadium and standing behind the home team. They are not, however, exactly what you would call a racuous or boisterous group of supporters, and the downtown area is probably safe from any Detroit-style post-game riots. The ever-present Suns mascot, the Gorilla, along with the Sol Squad, do their best to fire up this complacent crowd with all their hijinks and silly shenanigans, but the fans tend to either sit on their hands or cheer on the team with milquetoast golf claps.