NBA Free Agency: The Phoenix Suns Would Never Burn Me, Would They?

Armando Sanchez, Jr.Contributor IJuly 6, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 29:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns in action during Game Six of the Western Conference finals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 111-103.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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I have and always will be a Phoenix Suns fan.

Nothing in this world can ever change my mind about that.

Okay, maybe a few nights with Jennifer Love-Hewitt... I digress.

John Paxson didn’t change my mind. Tim Duncan didn’t change my mind. Ron Artest didn’t change my mind.

The Suns are my team until the day I die.

The past five years has been one of the best stretches of success any NBA team has ever seen, sans a championship, of course.

The “Run N’ Gun, Seven Seconds or Less, up-tempo, run you outta the gym” Phoenix Suns of the mid-2000s were an absolute joy to watch.

Those were indeed great times to be a Suns fan.

Every year eliminated in the playoffs. Never even sniffing a whiff of the NBA Finals.

This year is just bittersweet.

Thanks to a lucky Artest shot in the Western Conference Finals, the Suns saw their chances of an NBA Finals appearance die once again.

Who knows, maybe I cursed them via a Facebook post that went something like this:

My favorite number is 17... this is the 17th year that I have been a fan of the Phoenix Suns... I got to meet Lou Amundson last week in San Antonio, whose jersey number is 17... could all this mean something? I don't want to jinx it but I think this is our year to win an NBA title... I am just sayin'

I have seen this organization let Joe Johnson walk away. Let go of Quentin Richardson, Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and other key cogs to the success of the Suns of this decade.

Now, the biggest caveat of them all, Amar’e Stoudemire, is about to walk away.

I cannot stand this anymore!

Granted, Amar’e didn’t play the greatest defense or rebound well in the playoffs but that has always been his M.O. If the guy can get 25 to 30 points per, I will take that any day! Losing Amar’e will put the final nail in the coffin of the Run N’ Gun days of Phoenix.

Can the Suns still contend?  I think they can. However, they may never smell the success they had in the mid-2000s.

Mr. Robert Sarver,

If you really want to win a championship as you may claim you want to do, sign Amar’e. Give the man what he wants. If you don’t want to, consider Chris Bosh or Dirk Nowitzki in a Suns uniform.

I am just saying!