For Suns fans who felt an NBA championship was stolen away by David Stern, the basketball gods who despise their team, or, OK, OK, maybe the San Antonio Spurs, the nightmare just got worse.
Cleveland won the Eastern Conference. Oh swell.
The Suns swept the Cavaliers this season. They’ve won eight of the last 10 meetings, and led in the other two games by at least 17 points. Their game plan — let LeBron James score his 40 or so points, run Zydrunas Ilgauskas into the hardwood and exploit matchup advantages all over the floor — has a proven track record.
By the way, SI.com reports that last week in Orlando NBA owners, at the request of the Suns, took a look at the rule that levies an automatic suspension to players for leaving the bench.
No changes were recommended.
Ex-NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton’s maiden voyage into the world of mixed martial arts didn’t go as planned — unless he planned to get knocked out in 38 seconds and leave the ring on stretcher at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Morton, who trained all of two months for his fight, was immediately suspended after refusing to submit to a post-fight drug test. And let’s face it, if you climb into an MMA ring and take part in a major with eight weeks of experience, a drug test is in order.
• The Giants draw well at Chase Field, and a weekend visit from Curt Schilling and the Red Sox certainly has its own appeal. But it would be nice if some of the swelling crowds this week were attracted by a Diamondbacks team that has won 12 of the last 15 games and comes home 10 games over .500 just 58 games into the season.
• Reports in Wisconsin have former Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Stotts interested in the vacant assistant post with the Suns. No word if the rumor holds water. But Stotts is a good tactician and has a demeanor on the bench that’s a good contrast to Mike D’Antoni — who always looks like he’s trying to twist out of a straightjacket while battling an upset stomach.
• You can’t blame Billy Donovan for taking all that money, but you can blame Orlando Magic management for turning a blind eye to the long list of successful college coaches who couldn’t do it in the NBA. Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Jerry Tarkanian, Tim Floyd, Mike Montgomery … you get the idea.
• What was more astounding: that “Great American Hope” Joey Chestnut ate a world-record 59 1/2 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Arizona Mills Mall Saturday, or that he got on a plane hours later and flew cross-country to throw out the first pitch at the Mets-D-Backs game in New York Sunday? What’s the over/under on his lavatory trips during that flight?
Watch your buns, Kobayashi. America is ready to retake Coney Island on the Fourth of July.