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  • Suns turned Game 2 from a playoff game into a house party

    On Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns turned a playoff game vs. the Nuggets into a house party. Don’t bother knocking, Dan Bickley writes.
  • These Suns could change everything about Valley fandom for the better

    The Suns' victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets was a testament to the new energy filling up Phoenix Suns Arena in the postseason of 2021.
  • Suns vanquish Lakers behind Devin Booker’s Mamba Mentality

    Dan Bickley writes that Suns guard Devin Booker upstaged LeBron James in the final two games of the series, including a Mamba-like slaying of the Lakers.
  • Suns 1 win away from sweetest reward Valley fans could ever imagine

    Following Tuesday's 115-85 Game 5 win over the Lakers, the Suns are one win away from eliminating a nemesis and a king in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Phoenix Suns took back control in Game 4 win over Lakers

    Our basketball team gathered themselves in the second quarter of Sunday’s 100-92 victory, just as the season was starting to circle the drain.
  • Suns arrive at a dangerous point in the series after Game 3 loss to Lakers

    The Suns have arrived at a dangerous point in the series after a Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, needing to find solutions and a winning formula entering Game 4 on Sunday.
  • The rant Suns’ Monty Williams should have made after Game 2 vs. Lakers

    Dan Bickley thinks Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams needed to call out the officiating after the team's Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Chris Paul’s injury threatens playoff viability of Phoenix Suns

    Suns PG Chris Paul played only 23 minutes and spent most of the second half on the bench in Phoenix's 109-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2.
  • Suns’ playoff drought may have been worth the wait after Game 1 win

    It has been 11 years since we’ve had a moment like this and it might’ve been worth the wait after the Suns' Game 1 victory over the rival Lakers.
  • MLB has too many no-hitters and not enough good hitters

    MLB is 118 years old. It gets a little confused. The sport is ancient, occasionally asinine and gasping for one good breath without coughing.
  • Lakers matchup is the ‘hard’ Suns coach Monty Williams spoke of

    Monty Williams was right. Everything we want is on the other side of hard. Only the Suns would earn a No. 2 seed and first-round series against the Lakers.
  • In year 17, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is rewriting his own legacy

    Robert Sarver has paid through the nose for his NBA education. He has learned that 11-year playoff droughts can do serious damage to an owner’s reputation.
  • Pac-12 is turning a new leaf under commissioner George Kliavkoff

    Dan Bickley writes that if the Pac-12 was a stock, it would have soared on Thursday morning after the announcement of new commissioner George Kliavkoff.
  • What stands out across Arizona Cardinals’ 2021 schedule

    There is no great reveal accompanying the NFL’s schedule release. We have known for months who the Cardinals are playing in 2021.
  • First-round matchup with Lakers could be a nightmare for Suns

    The Phoenix Suns could face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, a matchup that Dan Bickley sees as problematic for Phoenix.
  • If NBA relents, home-court advantage could push the Suns over the top

    A full house and an electric crowd could put the Phoenix Suns over the top in the playoffs, especially given their youth and inexperience.
  • Hope is a best-seller in the NFL, and the Cardinals are proof

    Smart observers in Arizona know better than to put a ton of stock in the NFL Draft hype. But hope is a powerful emotion, and a best-seller in the NFL.
  • Cardinals among winners of NFL Draft night with Rodgers not on 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers' pick on Thursday came and went without news of an Aaron Rodgers trade, a very good thing for the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Keim should trade up only if Cardinals can get Smith or Waddle

    Dan Bickley writes that the Cardinals need a cornerstone CB and a WR with game-changing speed, five of which are available in the first round on Thursday.
  • Diamondbacks’ strong road trip revitalizes belief in team

    The Arizona Diamondbacks return to the Valley with a .500 record after a successful road trip that gives fans a few reasons to have some hope in the team.
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 AZCentral.com 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 ArizonaSports.com.
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