The Phoenix Suns have gone from one the NBA’s saddest stories to among its very best.
Just more than a week has a passed since the Suns were getting blown out, embarrassed, and looked well on their way to the worst season in franchise history.
Not exactly what you’re looking for when celebrating your 50th anniversary season — which the Suns are doing today.
But suddenly, everything has changed.
They fired Earl Watson as coach, hired current interim man Jay Triano, and told Eric Bledsoe to stay home. It had all the makings of a basketball disaster.
That’s the opposite, however, of what it’s been.
Instead, the Suns have taken off, winning four of five. That includes Wednesday’s 122-116 victory over the Washington Wizards. It was a road game and the Suns had to overcome a 22-point deficit.
“It shows we’re mentally tough,” forward T.J. Warren told AZCentral.com after scoring a career-high 40 points on 16-of-22 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. “We’re growing and we’re getting better day by day.”
Mostly, added center Tyson Chandler, the Suns are doing the little things it takes to win.
“I remember in Chicago one year we started off like 4-9, and me and Kirk Hinrich were walking out of this building and I told him we were going to make the playoffs just because we were playing the right way,” Chandler said. “I’m not jumping ahead of myself and saying that here, that’s not where I’m going. But what I’m saying is we started that poorly and we started playing the right way, and it clicked.
“I’m not putting that on this young team. I’m just saying we’re playing the right way. That is where we are taking a step in the right direction.”