The start of a new season brings optimism to supporters. Even fans of the Phoenix Suns, who finished bottom of the Western Conference last season, believed this season would be an improvement. Players are fresh, future stars have another season under their belts and new faces have been recruited or drafted.
However the Phoenix Suns spectacularly extinguished any feelings of hope with an abysmal start to the new season, both on and off the court.
In the space of 4 horrific days, the Suns set unwanted records and made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
On the 19th of October, the season opener against the Portland Trailblazers ended in a blowout 124-76 loss. This was the biggest defeat on opening night in NBA history and set the Suns’ franchise record for heaviest defeat.
On the 21st of October, a Lonzo Ball inspired Los Angeles Lakers triumphed 132-130. Their offence may have clicked but woefully bad Phoenix defence kept NBA fans amused for hours with the lowlights.
Then events reached a dramatic conclusion on the 22nd of October.
Firstly another blowout loss, 130-88 against the Los Angeles Clippers, completed a 0-3 start to the season. Rookie Josh Jackson marred the situation further by imitating a gunshot motion while responding to irate fans.
Star point guard Eric Bledsoe then let everyone on Twitter know his feelings on proceedings.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Only 1 hour later, the axe fell on head coach Earl Watson who paid the price for the abysmal start. Watson finished with a 33-85 record during his time in the desert.
The onus will now be on interim head coach, Jay Triano, to restore some form of stability to the franchise. The development promising youngsters Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender will now be in his hands.
Surely things can only get better for the Suns?