What Can a Suns Fan Hope For?
First, they can admit that they do not, in fact, play for the Suns.
I know how it is as a fan. You get to a point where you use words like "we" when talking about games. "We should have kept him in the game" or "we would have won." There is no "we" when it comes to basketball.
The NBA is full of the best talents in the world and none of us writing about the games or reading about them (especially the horrid things I write) can claim to be such a talent.
No, "we" did not lose that game or series, "we" never even played. Admitting this, believe it or not, leads to accepting it and moving on.
Second, we can support the team that beat us.
We should support Kobe and his Lakers for at least two reasons. First, if the team that beat the Suns becomes the champion, that means we were defeated by the champions.
That, as true Suns fans know, is a moral victory because nobody else beat the champions! That, my friends, is the power of positive thinking.
The second reason you should support the Lakers, as a depressed Phoenix fan, is because they represent our division, our conference, and our time zones. It's true. Think about it.
Why should Boston win another one? It's not good enough that Boston fans get their time zone listed first every time there's a promo for a television show?
Let's get some love for the "other half" of the country instead of hearing "except for the West Coast" all the time.
We need solidarity, Suns fans, and this is the best way to get it. Do you remember what it felt like to hear the Spurs speak about our team positively after we swept them?
That is the difference between class and hate, we need to be classy and not let our disappointment lead us into being haters. The Lakers beat us (I'm using "us" against my better judgment) and they deserve to win it.
Every adjustment that had to be made, they made. Every player who had to step up, stepped up. They deserved that win and I hope they go on and win the title.
It's hard and we're disappointed, but this year wasn't a complete failure. The Suns made it to the third seed in the West, faced the Blazers, Spurs, and Lakers in the playoffs, and still won 10 games this post-season. That's not terrible.
You must always remember, regardless of what year it is or what team you support, that there is only one champion per year. One. That means there are 31 teams (I think, unless they've added or subtracted some teams since yesterday) that didn't make it.
The Suns have a record of 332-160 since Steve Nash came back to town. In those six seasons, the Suns have reached the Western Conference Finals three times. We've lost to the world champions!
Who knows what the Lakers will do this season? There aren't too many teams that have shared the Suns' success during this recent era. Not too many at all.
Be proud, not sad, that the Suns have done what they've done after an ever-changing roster, three coaches, the Shaq experiment, and an aging point guard at the helm. Be proud and wish the Lakers success. I know I will.
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