Friends, Phoenicians, Suns Fans, Lend Me Your Ears

Brad DennyContributor IJanuary 12, 2011

PHOENIX - MAY 18:  Owner Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns reacts as his team plays the Dallas Mavericks in Game five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at America West Arena on May 18, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns won 114-108 to take a three games to two lead in the series. 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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Friends, Phoenicians, Suns fans, lend me your ears;

I come to bury the Suns’ title-contending days, not to praise them.

The awful moves that team management commits live on after their tenure;

The good are often interred within their wallets;

So let it be with the Suns.

The noble Sarver hath told you that the Suns were contenders;

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously, hath Steve Nash answered it.

Here, under leave of Sarver and the rest –

For Sarver is an honorable man;

So is all of management, all honorable men -

Come I to speak at the Suns’ season funeral.

They were my team, flawed and weak down low to me:

But Sarver said they were contenders;

And Sarver is an honorable man.

Nash hath brought many fans home to U.S. Airways Center

Whose revenue did Sarver's coffers fill:

Did this in the Suns make contenders?

When that the fans have cried for wasted drafts and horrendous free agent signings, Nash hath wept:

Title contention should be made of sterner stuff:

Yet Sarver said they were contenders;

And Sarver is an honorable man.

You all did see the numerous draft nights

Where the team sold away their precious first-round draft picks,

Which Sarver did as the team decayed: was this the way to build a contender?

Yet Sarver said they were contenders;

And, sure, he is an honorable man.

I speak not to disprove what Sarver spoke,

But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love the Suns once, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, to mourn for them?

O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the coffin there with the Suns,

And I must pause till 2011-12 comes around to me.


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