Curse of The Phoenix Suns: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To A Title

Elijah MandersContributor IJune 27, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - MAY 14:  NBA referee Jack Nies #35 holds onto Raja Bell #19 of the Phoenix Suns as Shawn Marion #31 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs hold onto one another after a Robert Horry flagrant foul against Steve Nash in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2007 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Horry was ejected from the game. The Suns defeated the Spurs 104-98 to tie the series 2-2.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Am I to get excited about Earl Clark?  Biedrens?  Curry, even?

We were so close in 2007.  We had narrowed the Spurs gap(beating the champs on their court in Game 4) and I was busy waving my fists in the air and celebrating the reclamation of home court advantage and the swagger that the Duncan-led Spurs had schoolyard-bullied out of us for years.  And then before my celebration had really begun came the infamous hipcheck from Horry.  We had survived Tim Donaghy's Game 3 officiating and Nash's game 1 blood, but soon came the game 5 suspensions and then the game 6 exit.  I know the Suns had the best team in the league that year; the most exciting for sure.

Our luck has not been as terrifying as say the Clippers, but we did lose the coin toss for Lou Alcindor.  With our luck the Warriors will keep Stephen Curry and he'll be better than Reggie Miller ever was.  I don't blame Steve Kerr, or D'antoni or Horry.  This is a curse I have lived with since the 80's.  The curse of being very good but not winning a championship.  Barkley couldn't brake it.  Connie Hawkins gave his all against the Celtics and came up short.  The latest shot at an NBA title has now vanished.  The fun bus has broken down and we're taking what we have to the pawn shop.  Trade the draft rights to Rondo, Rodriguez(Sergio), Fernandez(Rudy).  Trade Marion for a legend who can't leap and trade that legend for some NBA food stamps.  Now every team in the NBA knows there is a rummage sale and in 2 years we went from idolized franchise to the one team during the recent draft that Jeff Van Gundy said he "felt sorry for the fans".  Barkley and KJ ran head first into the Bulls dynasty, as the early Suns ran into the Celtics glory days.  And the recent Suns somehow never surpassed the Spurs.

I know the Suns will be good again, damn good, but don't tell me they'll win a title.


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