Posts Tagged ‘Los Suns’

The Phoenix Suns (forever to be referred to as Los Suns) have, not so quietly become the hottest team in the NBA Playoffs. With all the talk about the Lakers repeating, LeBron’s elbow and the Orlando Magic’s blowouts against the Atlanta Hawks, the Suns haven’t been given much press outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. However, this is a team that deserves attention.

They have finally dispatched their arch-nemesis the San Antonio Spurs and they did it in very decisive fashion; an exciting four-game sweep. The Suns have lost to the Spurs the last four times they have made the playoffs. Getting that monkey off their back should be a very big relief for the Suns.

Looming on the horizon are, presumably, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are currently leading the Utah Jazz 3-0 in their playoff series. This would be a great Western Conference Finals. It would pit the Lakers’ big men against the pick and roll of the Suns. It would be interesting to see which team will get the advantage.

The Phoenix Suns have really stepped up in my book. Tonight in their Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs, they will wear their “Los Suns” jerseys to protest Arizona’s ridiculous new immigration law.

Having lived in Phoenix for three years I know firsthand what the racial climate is like there. And it aint pretty. I was stopped for speeding and only after the officer saw my Spanish last name on my license did he ask me for my social security card to prove I was a citizen. They do NOT ask white people for that.

Sure, the game is being played on Cinco de Mayo but the Suns have made it clear that this gesture is a protest against the Arizona law.

Steve Kerr, the Suns general manager, told the Arizona Republic that he felt it was the team’s “duty” to come out against the new law. “It’s important that everyone in our state and nation understands that this is an issue that needs to be explored.” He said. “So, we’re trying to expose it.”

“I think the law is very misguided,” Phoenix guard Steve Nash said. “I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment to our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important to stand up for things we believe in.”

So tonight, when the rest of the nation is watching the game I do hope that the announcers mention why the Suns are wearing those jerseys. And I hope it goes beyond Cinco de Mayo.