PHOENIX With Steve Nash no longer on board as their flotation device, the Phoenix Suns are cruising into the 2012-2013 season accompanied by not-so-great external expectations.
Although evidence of Suns competence has been included in several best-case predictions leveled by former NBA-players-turned-TV-analysts, the draft-lottery aroma (unavoidable even with Nash the past two campaigns) is hard to shake.
We havent been selected as candidates to win the championship, Suns center Marcin Gortat said two days before Wednesdays regular-season opener vs. the Golden State Warriors at U.S. Airways Center. We havent been selected as candidates to even make the playoffs.
The heaviest analytics hitter for ESPN.com recently suggested the Suns may make quite a run at finishing the season as the worst team in the nasty Western Conference.
Obviously, we dont care about this, Gortat said in reference to general forecasts of doom and gloom in Phoenix. We only care about things we can control....