Jerry Colangelo might be back in the NBA with another franchise, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t watching what’s happened to his old team in Phoenix.
Speaking with Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic, Colangelo said, “That was a building I built, a franchise I built. When you talk about Jeff [Hornacek], that’s a kid I got to the Chicago tryout camp at the last minute, a kid I took with the second-to-last pick of the second round, after everybody in the NBA passed on him twice.”
The Suns have struggled of course, dropping 10 of their last 11 games, leading to two of Hornacek’s assistants getting fired. A promising start quickly went sour, with the team now sitting at 13-26 and thinking more about ping pong balls than playoff matchups.
Colangelo’s new team, the Sixers, visited Phoenix the day after Christmas, an oddity that he commented on. “And let me tell you, to come there with the other side was really a strange feeling. Really strange. But how could I not want good things for the Phoenix Suns? I gave birth to them. How could I not want them to have all the success in the world? I feel terrible to see the current state of affairs,” Colangelo said.
Surely those well wishes don’t extend to, say, wanting Phoenix to get the top pick in June’s draft, but it’s always nice to see relationships in sports that transcend team colors.