Al McCoy: Suns were most exciting team in the NBA

Apr 17, 2014, 7:52 PM | Updated: 7:52 pm
LISTEN: Al McCoy, Hall of Fame voice of the Suns

Al McCoy just wrapped up his 46th season as the voice of the Phoenix Suns, so it’s safe to say there isn’t much that could surprise him on the basketball court.

Yet, the 2013-14 Suns shocked everyone by winning 48 games this season, and though they missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, there is nothing other than optimism surrounding the club as it moves forward.

A guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, McCoy had nothing but good things to say about this year’s squad.

“I thought they were the most exciting team to watch in the NBA when things were clicking, and when they were clicking, they were great,” he said.

If not great, the Suns were quite good. Their 48 wins tied them for the 11th-most victories in all of basketball, and with wins over elite teams like the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, it was clear Phoenix could compete with the big boys.

But as McCoy noted, this season — while great — will also carry a good amount of ‘what ifs’ with it. What if, for instance, Eric Bledsoe never needed knee surgery? Or what if Goran Dragic’s ankle didn’t fall apart in the season’s final days?

But that’s all in the past now, as the Suns will now look to build off a surprising season and become a team that can compete for a championship.

“Now it’s going to be an exciting summer,” McCoy said. “As we all know, we’ve talked about it all year, the decisions the front office is going to have to make with draft picks, with potential free agents, with keeping everything else that’s positive intact, it’s going to make it an exciting summer for the Suns.”

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