The Phoenix Suns have added another nationally-televised game to their schedule, according to multiple media outlets. On top of the single ESPN-televised game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 28, the Worldwide Leader also picked up a Jan. 8 game between the Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The twist: that evening was initially set to showcase a meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. But between Kobe Bryant’s knee injury, the Lakers’ overall struggles and the game being in Houston and not L.A., it seems the opportunity for ESPN to grab another Suns game was too good to pass up.
Update: ESPN also added a Jan. 22 game when the Indiana Pacers visit the Suns.
At 17-10 coming out of the Christmas break, the acknowledgments of Phoenix’s success have finally made their way into the mainstream. During the Christmas Day games, the Suns were a common topic in the ABC-ESPN crews, as they should be.
No matter what happens from here on out, it’s clear that the entertainment value the Suns bring on a nightly basis won’t wane. And now, that’s enough juice to overcome the lack of hype for Phoenix and Minnesota. They’ll be obviously more entertaining a matchup than a Lakers-Rockets showdown.
A link a few days old but certainly worth mention: Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski columnizes on Robert Sarver’s admissions of past mistakes, the hiring of Ryan McDonough and the Suns’ outlook as of now.