After Off-Key Preseason, Pundits Change Tune
Farsight is blurred and hindsight is 20/20. That's why we're giving a pass instead of an I-told-you-so to the national media when it comes to their recently revised opinions about the Suns.
Phoenix's better-than-expected success has been noticed locally since opening night, when the Suns handed the Blazers the first -- and later the second -- of just four losses through 25 games.
Yet even as the wins kept coming, their success was at first deemed as an anomaly by scoreboard glancers and box score perusers -- until last night's win over the nationally embraced Warriors, which is also marked the Suns' fifth consecutive win.
Gomez's tweet was inspired by the Suns' play, but it was also spurred by a previous Suns-related comment on Twitter, this one courtesy of ESPN and Grantland.com's Bill Simmons.
Simmons, if you'll remember, had pegged the Suns 29th in his NBA video preview series on Grantland. To be fair, he was essentially mimicking nearly everyone else's prediction. To be fair-er, please re-read the first paragraph again.
Now that you've done that, here was Simmons' social media praise, posted during the latter stages of Sunday night's game:
Biggest NBA surprise this year for me: how well Dragic & Bledsoe have meshed together. A 2-pronged attack night after night, so effective.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 16, 2013
He wasn't alone in noting the success of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Before the duo had finished combining for 45 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals, Frank Isola of New York Daily News had this to say:
The Phoenix Suns have the NBA's most underrated backcourt.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 16, 2013
Phoenix had to win enough games to get people watching. Now that they are, opinions are changing.
Given the consistent effort Phoenix has given through 20-plus games, don't be surprised to see/hear more changing tunes.What is YOUR opinion on the 2013-14 Suns? Do you agree with the national media?