The purple-and-orange blueprint
PHOENIX Mark down July 1, 2004, as the day Suns GM Bryan Colangelo and new owner Robert Sarver changed the NBA as we know it.
On that day, a huge contingent from the Suns' organization including Colangelo, Sarver, chairman Jerry Colangelo, head coach Mike D'Antoni, Amare Stoudemire, Suns scout Rex Chapman and minority owner Steve Kerr sat down with Mavericks free agent Steve Nash and made him a stunning six-year, $66 million offer to come back to Phoenix.
Signing Nash was the most important of a number of calculated risks made by Colangelo that have turned the once cellar-dwelling Suns into the most exciting team to hit the NBA in the last decade.
"Nobody's even playing them close. They're just kicking the crap out of everyone," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said Tuesday night, just before the Suns kicked the crap out of Miami.
How did a team that was 12-26 exactly one year ago turn into the most important team in the NBA?
Insider spent the last week in Phoenix getting the inside story on Colangelo's plan to make the Suns and the NBA fun again.
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