How can they complain about being starved of a championship for 40 years? If any team has any reason to complain about being deprived of a championship, it's the Phoenix Suns. We're also one of the only other franchises that have not won a championship since the NBA came to be. Sure, the city of Cleveland could use the lift because there's no real excitement down there but Joakim Noah has branded your city as being boring. There's no turning back from that.
However, the Suns are the franchise that has always been relatively good but never won an NBA championship. They've only been lucky enough to make it to the Finals twice. We've been labeled as the most successful NBA franchise to never have won a championship. That's a real honor...
I guess the reason I'm writing this is because I'm annoyed with all the Cleveland fans. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan of LeBron James. But the way they label his betrayal and actually pulling out the "you haven't delivered a championship to a city that desperately needs it" card just irks me. It's all nonsense. The Cavaliers were lucky to land LeBron. If that lottery had gone any other way... well you know what that would've meant.
We drafted Amar'e and he's helped lead our team to many playoff appearances as well as some WCF appearances. Obviously, he hasn't helped Phoenix win a ring but he tried and all we can do is thank him for his efforts here and move on with his decision to leave. I know Amar'e's not our franchise player but he was our top scorer and rebounder and losing that hurts almost just as much as losing your team's superstar.
It just goes to show how composed and mature our team's fanbase is. Obviously there are some who hate Amar'e or dislike him for leaving while others are neutral or happy for him. There's always going to be a mix of emotions. How they are expressed is where the line should be drawn. Are we burning Amar'e jerseys? As far I know, we're not. Is our owner bashing him for leaving and "quitting" in the playoffs when he had subpar performances against the Lakers? I don't see Jared Dudley tweeting that he's heartbroken about this.
All in all, our team, franchise & fans, are all just incredible people. They understand basketball is a business and they compose themselves in a proper manner. There's no immaturity or publicly expressed vengeful thoughts. Your star player wants to play somewhere that's not here. So be it. Move on and look to the future, Cleveland. I reiterate: the Cleveland Cavaliers are NOT the only franchise in the NBA to not have won a ring. Some franchises have won some in the ABA way back when. But Phoenix isn't one of them.
So Cleveland, don't pull that "our city's in desperate need of a championship" crap because you forget there's another team that's desperate to win a championship as well. And it's not only for the city of Phoenix but also for the man who's kept this team in title contention every year since he re-signed with us in 2004: Steve Nash.