What the Phoenix Suns Can Do to Bring Fans Back

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What the Phoenix Suns Can Do to Bring Fans Back
U.S. Airways Center resembles a ghost town at the March 11 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. This was the scene minutes before players came out to warm up. (Photo By: Ben Leibowitz)

Interest surrounding Phoenix Suns basketball has continued to dwindle in the midst of an abysmal season. It’s time for a once-proud franchise to flip the script, and get fans back in the process.

After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2010, Phoenix missed the playoffs for two consecutive years after Amar’e Stoudemire left. When Steve Nash joined the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, the Suns truly fell off the NBA map.

The Suns are 23-45, in second-to-last place in the Western Conference with the New Orleans Hornets just one game back.

As if that isn’t bad enough, the Suns are on pace to have the second-worst year in franchise history and the worst since the franchise’s inaugural NBA season in 1969 (when Phoenix finished 16-66).

As it stands, the worst Suns season since 1969 came during the 1987-88 campaign, when Phoenix finished 28-54. With just 23 wins and 14 games remaining, the lowly Suns may not even match that mark.

Phoenix is entering a rebuilding stage to replace the star power of Nash and Stoudemire. It’s not something that can be fixed overnight, so the franchise needs to make some changes in the meantime to keep hope (and loyalty) alive in the hearts of Suns fans.

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