Game-worn? Game-used? Maybe. The stuff that’s out there associated with the current and former coaches for your Suns might surprise you. You’ll be the only fan in your circle with these items in your collection, to be sure.
Monty Williams Suit
Do YOU want to dress like the head coach of the National Basketball Association’s next great dynasty? Well thanks to the magic of virtual marketplaces, you can. From the seller:
PERSONALIZED FOR MONTY WILLIAMS FORMER NBA PLAYER AND COACH FOR TEAMS SUCH AS THE KNICKS SPURS AND THUNDER
MENS JOSEPH ABBOUD 80% WOOL 20% SILK 2 PC PINSTRIPE SUIT
BIG AND TALL SIZE 48XL
PIT TO PIT 23”
SHOULDERS ACROSS 21”
SLEEVE LENGTH FROM SHOULDER 28.5”
JACKET IS 3 BUTTON STYLE
PANTS ARE SIZE 34X34
WAIST LAID FLAT 17.5”
SHIRT AND TIE NOT INCLUDED
If you hit those marks, you may be ready to masquerade patrolling the sidelines. There’s no documentation supporting that this was Monty Williams suit, other than a tag on the inside of the coat that reads ‘personally styled for Monty Williams.’ Could be a different Monty Williams, I suppose. Under $100 is the asking price.
Cotton Fitzsimmons Hotel Invoice
Now we have the answer to the question, where was Phoenix Suns coaching legend Cotton Fitzsimmons between August 30th and September 4th, 1992. He was in Kansas City, Missouri.
Seven-hundred dollars was the damage, and evidently Cotton was working the phones. His signature is at the bottom, though it’s not verified. The seller writes, “this is a great looking signed item! Guaranteed to pass PSA, JSA or Beckett authentication or we will provide a full refund of your purchase price.” If you’re convinced you can add this odd piece of Suns memorabilia to your collection for $40 or less.
Alvin Gentry Laptop Bag
Sometime within the last decade someone somewhere was kind enough to provide Suns coach Alvin Gentry with a personalized laptop bag.
And he didn’t even use it.
Did he not use it because he already had a laptop bag? Or did he not use it because he didn’t use a laptop? Advanced metrics were certainly a thing at the time. Surely he used advanced metrics. SURELY.
Then again, Gentry is the last head coach to lead the Suns to the playoffs. I’ve figured it out. He never used it because he didn’t have a laptop. Because advanced metrics are garbage.
Fifty bucks or best offer.
Johnny “Red” Kerr Press Pass
Johnny “Red” Kerr is probably best known as a television color commentator for the Chicago Bulls for 33 seasons. But once upon a time he was the first head coach in Phoenix Suns history.
Kerr spent twelve seasons in the NBA as a player before being named the first head coach in Chicago Bulls history. Two years later he took the same position in Phoenix. Two years later his coaching career was over.
Kerr led the Suns to a 16-66 mark in their inaugural campaign. In year two he was let go 38 games into the season after a 15-23 start.
In 1975 his broadcasting career began. The signed press pass is from Game Three of the 1991 NBA Finals. Chicago scored a 104-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers en route to a 4-1 series victory and the Bulls’ first title in franchise history. Michael Jordan went for 29-9-9 in the win.
I have no idea what a press pass like that is worth. I just know I don’t have the $700 it costs.
Jerry Colangelo Suit
Well I’ll be damned. I did not expect to find two suits for the purposes of this post. This is a market of collectibles I was unaware existed.
If you’re on this site, you probably know the name Jerry Colangelo. If you don’t, go read up on Jerry Colangelo, then return to the site.
He’s done many basketball things for many years in many places, particularly Phoenix. Among the hats he’s donned is that of head coach. He led the Suns twice, First in 1970 for 44 games, then from ‘72-73 for another 75 contests.
Seller states the suit is in ‘excellent to mint’ condition. Expect to need alterations after you cough up the $330 asking price.