The Suns plan on taking their high flying offense outdoors, for a preseason game. It’s about time someone tried it.
Basketball’s a funny sport. When you look at the way it’s evolved ever since the peach basket it’s incredible to think about. But one thing that comes across as pretty surprising is that there’s never been an NBA game played outdoors. But that folks is about to change.
The Phoenix Suns are on the verge of announcing within the next month that they will be playing an outdoor preseason game next season in Indian Wells (Calif.) at the Tennis Garden. Basketball played on a tennis court. That’s about as cool as a hockey game being played in a football stadium. And Buffalo pulled that off beautifully. So let’s do this.
I am excited at the idea of an outdoor basketball game. One, because at least 80% of basketball games played around the country are played, you guessed it!, outdoors. Two, it’s a revolutionary idea, taking the game outside. It’s straight out of NBA Street, only there’s no acrobatics. But Phoenix is the perfect team to try this.
I don’t know who they want to play in this historic game, but Phoenix’s style of offense is the perfect fit for an experiment of this kind. Who wouldn’t want to see the high octane Suns outside? That would be a blast to watch. So many players grew up playing outside, not in fancy high falutent air conditioned gyms. It’s retro, and it’s genius.
I would still like to know why it’s taken so long for an idea like this to take flight and get the green light. Were they afraid of injuries? Was there a worry that players wouldn’t “warm” up to playing in the “heat?”
Whatever it was, it’s about to become a reality. Indian Wells, which has 16,000 seats will host the showcase. And let’s hope it doesn’t rain. The Suns will have to provide the scoreboard and the court and a few other things. Sort of takes me back to when I played rec ball. Could you imagine if they came out with the flip scoreboard, where you flip the paper up to go to the next number? Now that would be oldschool.
And instead of game clocks, the referees would start harping out when there’s 5 seconds left on the shot clock. That would be fun. It won’t happen. But we can always dream.
And taking the NBA outside is something. Something that should be must see tv. Even if it is a preseason game.