Suns Retorter: Hollywood Remakes? Why Not Suns Ones?
It’s tough to ignore the fact that Hollywood has a current obsession with re-making fan favorites from the past. It’s all a ploy to connect a viewing audience of adults with things that made them happy as kids. And you know what? It works. Whether it’s Transformer, G.I. Joe, Smurfs or any of the other dozen things from the 70s, 80s and 90s that film and television have decided to borrow from the past, it seems like everyone is trying to get in on the act.
With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being released on the big screen this weekend, I started to wonder what it would look like if basketball had the ability to employ the same tactic? Which Suns teams or games from the 70s, 80s and 90s would you want to re-live again?
Before putting together a top five list here are a few rules.. The team or game has to have been in one of the three decades listed above. They have to be fan favorites and not something completely obscure. It’s all about mass appeal. And the most important rule of all, Michael Bay can have no involvement in the re-makes.
So here it is, the top five Suns re-makes that need to be made.
- The 1994-95 Suns
Having a second chance to watch one of the biggest “what if” teams in Suns history would be great. The team was fun, had amazing depth,especially with the addition of a 28-year-old Danny Manning, and it was one of the last times Charles Barkley was a true superstar on the court. The best thing? In a re-make the storyline can change. Players don’t have to get injured and it doesn’t have to end the same way, I’m looking at you, Mario Elie.
- Any Team With Connie Hawkins
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see The Hawk take flight in real time? He was one of the original high-flyers in hoops history who could palm a ball like no one else and very few saw him in person. Heck, there are very few actual video highlights of his time too. This one would be a must.
- The 1988-89 Cotton Express
Outside of last season’s team, there has never been a bigger surprise than the original Cotton Express team. Who wouldn’t want to experience the emergence of Kevin Johnson as an elite guard, the prime of the first unrestricted free agent ever Tom Chambers’ career, Eddie Johnson riding the his heat waves, Dan Majerle bringing the Thunder, Jeff Hornacek becoming an all-star and the entertaining sideline antics and amazing postgame quotes of Cotton Fitzsimmons for a second time? The team went from 28 wins to 55 and made a surprise trip to the Western Conference Finals. Now that’s entertainment.
- The Sunderella Suns
Admittedly I didn’t experience this group the first time around but, like many fans, know them based on their place in Suns lore. After reading Joe Gilmartin’s amazing first hand chronicling of the team in his book The Little Team That Could … And Darn Near Did experience this 42-40 team making an unbelievable run to the finals would be more enjoyable than anything Hollywood has re-made. Not to mention, you get to see the award winning rookie season of Alvan Adams.
- Sir Charles’ MVP and the 1993 Finals
Like this choice is any surprise. As a child of the 90s this is probably the only acceptable answer. Barkley was at the height of his powers, KJ was the perfect second superstar, Majerle had re-invented himself as a long range threat plus you get to enjoy the drama that was Paul Westphal’s guarantee and Chuck vs. MJ. Oh, and, spoiler alert, Paxson airballs the shot this time around and Game 7 is amazing.
So Hollywood, you can keep attempting to ruin our collective childhood one remake at a time. We’ll stick to our own remakes and hopefully change history for the better.
YOUR TURN: Which Suns player or team would you like to re-live?