Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/30/12
The Suns missed the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time in 1988. They failed to have at least one sellout at home for the first time since US Airways Center was built in 1992. Even The Gorilla took a punch in the face during an appearance in Tempe on Wednesday. Oh yeah, and Steve Nash and Grant Hill are likely headed out the door as unrestricted free agents. Other than that, everything is just peachy. The Suns fought hard to stay in the playoff race. By the end of the season, they had a working rotation, a good home record at a real shot at grabbing the eighth seed in the West. "This was a rewarding year. This was a positive season," Nash said. "Obviously I'm used to playing in the playoffs, and that's important to me, but you know, we took it about as far as we could this year. It's inevitable with a change, and from some of our flaws we weren't going to have a good start. "We struggled, and the most important thing was the coaches stuck with us and never let us g...
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