I'll give you a warning: this is not exactly a basketball piece. It's about the Suns, but it's more about life in general. It's something that it needs to be written, and you probably need to read. I must write this now because in a few hours it will be too late. Hell, maybe it's already too late. Even before the end of game 6 some people were already thinking ahead. Soon a Suns-Spurs preview will be posted, and everybody will put their mind into figuring out how we can beat our old enemies. Well, I'll tell you something: it doesn't and, most importantly, it shouldn't matter.
You ask me why? It's simple.
Because we should be savoring this moment, we should be enjoying this victory, we should be appreciating our beloved Suns outplaying a very good and proud team to advance to the second round. We should not take this success for granted. That would be a huge mistake. Remember this: nobody, and I mean no columnist, no "expert", no "talking head", no one at all predicted us to go this far. Think about it, do you remember the season previews? On ESPN nobody expected the Suns to finish higher than 7th in the West, some were even predicting us to finish 3rd in the Pacific Division behind both LA teams (by the way, this gives me some hope, I could get paid to write that kind of nonsense someday too!).
I mean, even on this website we weren't too hopeful, and we're supposed to be the homers! Seth thought we would finish 7th, Will foresaw us barely making the playoffs with the last seed, our brave picture snapper Max had us at .500 and watching the playoffs at home eating tacos in front of the TV. Only Wattdog came close to the truth, saying we would finish 5th and win 52 games. Props to Wattdog, he was the lone exception among a bunch of gloomy pessimists who never believed in this team. Oh by the way, I didn't believe as well, so I'm not criticizing anybody.
Now you can see why I say it's time to enjoy. This season is already a success. We have already got more than what we expected. How many times can you say that in life?
We should remember last season, when a hopeless team led by Terry Porter wandered aimlessly through the NBA. We should remember the pain we suffered having to watch the Playoffs while fishing in those wonderful Arizona lakes...well scratch that, I meant “while playing in those wonderful Arizona golf courses”. We should remember last summer, when it seemed certain that both Nash and Hill would leave. They didn't. They stayed put. They decided to stick with a team that looked like a sinking ship. They choose to be patient, they choose to be faithful. And this is their reward.
We should remember this past January, when we were all claiming for a roster shake-up, when we all (or at least most of us) wanted Amar'e to go, when we demanded Kerr's head, when we wanted to ship J-Rich and called Lopez a bust. How wrong we were! Turns out all we needed was a little patience. Fortunately for us Gentry, Kerr and Sarver had it. This is their victory too.
Forget about the Spurs, forget about the Western Conference Finals, forget about the future. It's time to enjoy and be thankful for this team. It's time to properly value and appreciate what they already achieved, which is a lot. Don't get caught up looking anxiously too far ahead! In life we should never do that, for we might miss what we already have, and that would really be a shame.