Nick McKellar became a social media star during his beloved Phoenix Suns' Western Conference semifinals series against the Denver Nuggets, and Devin Booker took notice.
"Booker and the Suns are going to send McKellar a signed Booker jersey and provide him tickets to a conference finals game, both Booker's reps at CAA and McKellar told ESPN," relayed ESPN's Zach Lowe on Thursday (June 17).
A now-viral video captured disgruntled Denver Nuggets fans throwing punches at McKellar, who eventually retaliated, in the stands at Denver's Ball Arena during Game 3. "Suns in 4!" McKellar yelled, and Phoenix went on to sweep the Nuggets two days later.
Afterward, Booker put an APB for McKellar:
McKellar also DMed Booker on Instagram to apologize for his behavior and saying he was "just acting on self defense":
Devin Booker found the “Suns in 4” legend. pic.twitter.com/lV5FeZXV8P— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 14, 2021
Now we know why Booker wanted to find McKellar.
This is Phoenix's first trip to the Western Conference Finals since 2010. Then, the Steve Nash-Amar'e Stoudemire-led Suns lost 4-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers. Phoenix has never won an NBA championship.
So far, Booker and Chris Paul have been just as lethal as Nash and Stoudemire used to be—if not more:
However, even though the Suns still don't know whether they'll be facing the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz, the road to the NBA Finals got tougher as CP3's availability is unclear:
At the very least, it's a good thing McKellar's prediction was correct and the Suns have extra time to rest up.