The Phoenix Suns Are the Lovable Losers of Basketball
The Suns are slowly becoming the Chicago Cubs of the basketball world.
They were started by a native of Chicago and with all the snowbirds who have migrated here, there is an influence of the Windy City in the Valley of the Sun.
Sure the Cubs haven't won a title in 102 years, but the Suns have yet to win one in their 41 year history.
Call it the Curse of the Coin Flip when Jerry Colangelo called heads to gain control of the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft. It came up tails and the Milwaukee Bucks would go on to pick Lew Alcindor.
The Suns have yet to come up with a viable option at center (Robin Lopez looks as though he could be the first).
The Suns are a fun team to watch and hardly anyone doesn't like to watch them (except for David Stern, but that's an article for another time). They don't play dirty, they have fun while they are playing, and they are the underdogs in almost every series they are in.
No team has had more heartbreaking, gut-wrenching losses—here are just a few examples.
Game Five of the 1976 NBA Finals. John Havilchek hits a runner in the second overtime and appears to win the game for Boston before refs rule that there is still one second left on the clock.
Gar Heard hits what is known as the Shot Heard Round The World, a high arching shot that goes in at the buzzer.
The Suns would go on to lose the game in triple overtime and the series.
Game Six of the 1993 NBA finals. John Paxson (These are fighting words if you live in Phoenix). Enough said.
Game Four of the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals. Robert Horry gives Steve Nash the now infamous hip check.
Two of the Suns big men are suspended for "supposedly" leaving the bench, giving the Suns just six players with actual game experience to play in Game Five. They would lose this game and Game Six. This was the NBA Finals for 2007.
Game Five this year against the Lakers. Jason Richardson nails a long three that ties the game and looks to give the Suns the momentum going into overtime.
Kobe misses the three and Ron "$%&#" Artest puts it back with no time left to swing the series momentum back to the Lakers who finish the Suns out.
For all the talk of the Cubs, the Suns are in exactly the same boat. Their fans have suffered emotional heartbreaks that are unmatched in the NBA.
While this year's ride was special, it wasn't enough to end the Curse of the Coin Flip. The question is when will it end?
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