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  • Suns’ season was unqualified success even after blowing 2-0 NBA Finals lead

    Dan Bickley writes that failure isn’t always disappointing. Disappointment isn’t always failure. The 2020-21 Phoenix Suns are somewhere in between.
  • Suns must feel like they are the team of destiny to defeat Bucks in Game 6

    The Suns are now at a crossroads, one the Bucks have already crossed. Phoenix will only survive if they refuse to lose. Just like their opponent.
  • Suns in need of solutions, few good men after NBA Finals’ Game 5 loss

    The Phoenix Suns need to find some answers fast or risk soiling one of the greatest basketball seasons in franchise history.
  • Pressure turns to Phoenix Suns in best-of-3 NBA Finals

    The Phoenix Suns lost a gut-wrenching game to the Bucks, a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter and a golden opportunity to stage a Saturday celebration for the ages.
  • Questioning refs a part of the full NBA Finals experience

    Of all the professions to work in across sports, nothing is more brutal than being an NBA official. Especially during the Finals.
  • If history is our guide, Suns will show up re-focused after Game 3 loss

    When the bad Suns show up like in the Game 3 loss, they are usually lacking energy and desperation. But we've seen this movie before and it usually ends well.
  • July is deer hunting season in Phoenix for the Suns

    The Suns own a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals because they’re a superior team with a backcourt currently producing at historic levels.
  • Bickley: These Suns make you ecstatic to be in Phoenix during summer heat

    Nothing is better than a home team that galvanizes the community and these Suns have done the impossible: They make you ecstatic to be in Phoenix in the month of July.
  • Bickley: 3rd time is a charm for Phoenix in NBA Finals; Suns in 5

    Entering the Finals, there is a similar feeling all across Arizona. The Suns are too deep, too good and too connected to be denied by the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Bickley: Suns’ trip to NBA Finals is a triumph we will never forget

    This is about a game and a moment and a triumph we will never forget. With even bigger games yet to come. So raise a glass, Suns fans. And sometime after a holiday weekend, the real fireworks begin.
  • Bickley: The Clippers are like a fungus that won’t go away

    The Suns have opened a window of hope for the Clippers, a team that is starting to resemble a horror film serial killer. The kind you have to kill a few times until it’s actually over.
  • Ugly Game 4 win has Phoenix Suns on doorstep of NBA Finals

    The Phoenix Suns only scored 84 points in Game 4 of the WCF on Saturday night at Staples Center and are now on the doorstep of the NBA Finals.
  • Suns’ Devin Booker must teach himself on the fly to see past the mask

    Dan Bickley writes that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker must teach himself on the fly to see past the mask, like the netting at a baseball stadium.
  • Suns will not have to manufacture desperation in Game 4 of WCF

    Dan Bickley writes that the Phoenix Suns will not have to manufacture desperation in Game 4 of the WCF after awakening the comeback Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Suns overcome slew of obstacles in emotional Game 2 victory

    The Suns beat the clock, beat the officials, beat ghosts from postseasons past and beat a Clippers team that bloodied and tormented Devin Booker.
  • Deandre Ayton is one of the NBA’s unsung stars this postseason

    Deandre Ayton has discovered something precious: Perspective. Fatherhood. Coaching. People who love you enough to tell you the truth. All of the above.
  • The NBA championship is beginning to feel real for the Phoenix Suns

    After going 8-0 in the Orlando bubble in 2020, the Phoenix Suns have now won eight consecutive playoff games.
  • Suns face opportunity to defy their bad luck after Chris Paul’s setback

    Are Chris Paul and the Suns eternally cursed by the basketball gods? Or will the latest setback represent nothing more than a speed bump?
  • Energy of Phoenix Suns fans is the best story of the NBA postseason

    The Suns' surging playoff status ranks only behind you, the growing army of Suns fans in Arizona, a rabid contingent tilting the machine.
  • Red-hot Phoenix Suns are making the playoffs look easy

    The Suns are running on rocket fuel. A berth in the Western Conference Finals is a foregone conclusion, Dan Bickley writes.
Dan Bickley bio
Dan Bickley is the most influential sports media member in Arizona sports history, having spent over 20 years as the award-winning lead sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and and almost two decades as a Valley sports radio talk show host. In spring 2018, Bickley made the decision to leave the newspaper to join the Arizona Sports team as host of the entertaining and informative midday show Bickley and Marotta, as well as bring his opinionated and provocative column exclusively to
Bickley’s journalism career began in his hometown of Chicago, where he was part of a star-studded staff at the Chicago Sun-Times. He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He has won multiple awards, written two books, formed a rock band, fathered three children, and once turned down an offer to work at the New York Times.  His passions include sports, music, the alphabet, good beer and great radio. After joining Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he couldn’t be happier