The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball club headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns are members of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and have won two Western Conference championships. Basketball, the only major sport developed in the United States, has become a global sensation. In 2014, more than 7 billion dollars was invested in the league alone.
The NBA was founded in 1946 by a group of businessmen who wanted to create a new sports league that would be comparable to the highly popular National Football League (NFL). Before then, basketball had no organized league structure and so there were many local leagues with different rules. The first season of the NBA was 1950-51 and included both Washington and Boston teams. By the time the next season began, only five teams remained in the league because many owners had filed for bankruptcy. The remaining owners voted to merge the two remaining teams into one franchise: the Baltimore Bullets. The last game of the first season took place on March 2, 1951, when the Bullets lost to the Philadelphia Warriors 111-109 in overtime.
During this first period, most NBA games were played before small crowds of about 10,000 people. It wasn't until the early 1960s that the league started to experience growing popularity. From 1963 to 1973, the Suns played in the now-defunct American Basketball Association. After merging with the NBA, several other teams joined the league as well.
The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball club from Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns are a member of the National Basketball Association (NBAWestern )'s Conference Pacific Division and the only club in their division that is not situated in California.
The team was founded as part of the American Basketball League on October 11, 1947. They originally played at what is now known as America West Arena before moving to what is now known as US Airways Center in 2003. Their home court is also called "US Airways Center".
The Suns have only made the playoffs once, in 2009 when they went 50-32 and lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-3. Since then, they have not returned to the postseason.
They have had many great players come through Phoenix over the years including All-Stars Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal as well as players who have gone on to win NBA Championships with other teams including Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Jared Dudley.
After several years of struggling attendance-wise and financially, the Suns decided to sell tickets for games directly online without the help of a ticket broker. This decision was made in an attempt to save money which could be put back into the team instead of going to middlemen.
Arizona The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball club from Phoenix, Arizona. They are a part of the National Basketball Association (NBAWestern )'s Conference Pacific Division. The Suns last won the NBA Championship in 1996.
They play their home games at US Airways Center. The team is owned by Robert Sarver and his family. Their general manager is Ryan McDonough while Jeff Bower is their head coach.
The team was founded in 1967 as the Kansas City Kings. They moved to Phoenix in 1968 and changed their name to the Phoenix Suns. They have never played outside of Arizona.
Their first season was not very successful as they finished with a 43-39 record. They made the playoffs but were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. In 1970, they changed their name to the New York Nets but only lasted one season before moving to Brooklyn where they remain today.
In 1971, they returned to Phoenix and have been here ever since. They have never missed the playoffs and have accumulated a 944-914 record over 38 seasons.
When the Suns were given a franchise in 1968, Phoenix was the last of the metropolitan regions with teams in all four leagues to get its first major professional sports club. The previous year, Arizona had become the 44th state to join the Union.
The Suns' first season was 1969-70, and they played their home games at Roosevelt Stadium. At that time, the team was owned by the Anheuser-Busch company, which also sponsored the team. When Busch decided not to continue supporting a baseball team, the Suns were left without a sponsor.
After several months without a sponsor, a group of investors led by Paul Graham took over the team and announced that they would be known as the "Phoenix Suns" from now on. They also hired John Nash as their new coach. In 1970-71, Graham sold half of his share in the team to Donald Sterling and Edward Jones, who became the only two owners of the Suns until 1997. That same year, the stadium where the Suns played their home games changed its name to Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In 2003, it was renamed US Airways Center in honor of the company's role in bringing passenger service back to the city after it canceled most of its flights in 2001.
Charles Barkley has been chosen to the NBA All-Star First Team. Dan Majerle has been selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Majerle also finished sixth in the poll for defensive player of the year. Richard Dumas has been selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball club from Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns are a part of the National Basketball Association (NBAWestern )'s Conference Pacific Division. The Suns are the only club in their division that is not headquartered in California.