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An Open Letter to Shawn Marion



Dear Shawn,

As you have hit the free agent market in this penny-pinching economy, I'm sure quite a few things have passed through your mind.  Different team scenarios, who you'd like to play for, who you think will give you an adequate offer; there are a slew of options to be had at this time.  Yet, there's one fact that still remains: you're still a free agent, and the Phoenix Suns fanbase (and allegedly head management) would like you back in the Valley of the Sun(s).  Please allow me to say a few things...

I know we've had our ups and downs, Shawn, and I know you were frustrated with being in the shadow of Nash and Amaré.  But Shawn, you were a big part of our Big 3.  You were what completed it, if not what started it.  You stuck with the team through thick (2004-2005) and thin (2003-2004).  What a difference one year can make.  You were part of the heart and soul of this team.  Without you, none of our success could have been possible.  And Shawn, while the men in the front office doesn't regularly like to admit mistakes, I think we can all say that letting you go from our beloved franchise was ultimately a mistake.


Things between us weren't exactly choice around the time that you left, but Shawn, we've changed.  We've grown as a franchise.  We're more ready to be back in a relationship.  When you left, we were all about chasing waterfalls, but at this point, we'd rather stick to the rivers and lakes that we're used to, so to speak.  We thought that bringing in a "proven winner" would help us get over the proverbial hump, but all it did was cause more heartache and cause more Suns fans to want you back.  Yes, Shawn, we want you back.

Whether or not you want us back, though, is an entirely different story.  People have said different things, and most of us Suns fans would understand if you didn't want to come back.  But, the point of this letter is to let you know that, despite what you may think, we would love for you to come back and don a Suns uniform.  There would have to be a few things worked out, of course, but if you would give us another shot, we'd be willing to do the same.

Forever Yours,

A Loyal and Hopeful Suns Fan

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