From the depths of the Pacific Division, terrifying monsters have risen. At this moment, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors stand towering over the Valley of the Sun and much of the Western Conference. The Clippers have the best record in the NBA and recently reeled off 17 wins in a row. The Warriors are the most shocking success of the season thus far and have shown no indications of falling off. The Suns are gazing up at both teams in the standings for the first time this century. Phoenix, as currently assembled, seems helpless against these powerful foes.
What’s more, other monsters may be joining the party soon. It appears the Sacramento Kings will be moving. More important for the Kings than the changing their city, is changing their ownership. With a grateful Seattle fan base and owners not named Maloof, the Kings are in the best position they’ve been in since Vlade, Chris Webber, and White Chocolate ruled Arco Arena. They very well might be headed north in the standings over the next few seasons. And we can’t forget about the Lakers. Despite their abysmal start and horrific string of injuries, the Lake Show is lurking. Even if this season is lost, they won’t stay down for long. If something isn’t done fast, the Suns could be looking at a long stretch in the division cellar.
But never fear Suns’ fans. There is no need to run like frightened Japanese city dwellers from these West Coast Godzillas. I have a solution: Giant robots and Idris Elba.
Now I know what you’re thinking: this movie looks awesome. Be that as it may, this sci-fi blockbuster provides the perfect blueprint for the Suns. When the monsters invade, normal weapons won’t save the world. Giant, badass robots have to be built. For the Suns, their current roster will not stand up to the teams towering above them. They have to build something more fearsome.
Keep in mind, giant robots don’t just come from space. The NBA isn’t a Michael Bay movie. The Suns can’t simply trade for their monster-battling heroes. They have to build. It will take time. It will take money. But when faced with oblivion, or eternity in the lottery, fire must be fought with fire. The Clippers and Warriors have assembled young talent (Curry, Thompson, Griffin, Bledsoe) and acquired valuable veterans (Paul, Crawford, Lee, and Bogut). The Suns are on the right course, but reaching the finish line will take time. Despite the monsters of the Pacific Division conquering everything in their sight and leaving the Suns’ record battered beyond recognition, now is the time to stay the course. It is not the time to panic and hasten the apocalypse.