The really hardcore NBA fans have flipped ahead in their hoop calendars and circled Dec. 29, 2012, as appointment viewing.
Well, assuming doomsday -- as interpreted through study of the Mayan calendar -- doesn't co-opt the season (and the entire planet) 17 days earlier, the Suns will be in Minneapolis to take on Derrick Williams, Alexy Shved and the Timberwolves. It will be the first trip back to the Twin Cities as members of the Suns for ex-T-Wolves forward Michael Beasley and -- if a reported trade occurs -- swingman Wesley Johnson.
But if that cosmic intersection doesn't inspire goosebumps (Alexy Shved?), the Suns' schedule has a few dates with even more potential for drama.
For example, the Suns get their first look at the Los Angeles Lakers and old pal Steve Nash on Nov. 16 in L.A. The season will be a couple of weeks old by then, and Nash should have Kobe Bryant at least thinking about moving around on the weak side during screen-roll for the laser pass that will inevitably...