By Ben York, Suns.com A new era of Phoenix Suns basketball is officially here. The Suns tip off the 2013-14 NBA season tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers at US Airways Center at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona and fans can listen to the radio broadcast on Arizona Sports 620. Click through to see five things Suns fans should watch for during #SunsVsBlazers.
Frye’s Return After not playing in a game since April 21, 2012 Channing Frye is poised for an emotional and inspirational return to the US Airways Center floor tonight. No matter what happens, Frye has demonstrated true character, integrity and grit throughout his entire journey back.
Hornacek's Debut After playing six years in Phoenix, one with Philadelphia and seven with the Utah Jazz, fan-favorite Jeff Hornacek is back with the Suns making his head coaching debut tonight. Hornacek has already instilled a sense of confidence in the team along with an enhanced, up-tempo style of play. Suns fans should certainly expect a fast-paced, disciplined game with Hornacek at the helm.
Two Guards Suns.com’s Matt Petersen wrote in his game preview that leadership on this Suns team won’t be an issue. Indeed, seeing how Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe mesh will be one of the more poignant things to watch throughout the entire season. “The two point guards are in charge out there calling plays,” Hornacek said. “I always felt it’s good to have the point guards out there [as captains]. One of those two guys is probably always going to be on the court so we always have somebody on the court that’s in that position.”
Digital Signage If you’re able to make it to US Airways Center for any Suns game this season, you’ll notice four new state-of-the-art, large format LED digital boards, rotating courtside signage, and digital flat panel screens on the center-hung scoreboard to make fans’ in-game experience even better. In fact, US Airways Center is the first arena in the NBA to deploy large-format digital video on all four sides amounting in over 3,100 square-feet of new digital video. The new, innovative courtside signage is positioned to provide 33% more exposure for Suns partners and increase the Suns’ ability to highlight partner messaging.
Plumlee's Emergence After signing with the Suns in the offseason, Miles Plumlee has been, perhaps, the most impressive player on the Suns’ roster to date. In fact, it’s earned him a starting spot at the center position in tonight’s #SunsVsBlazers game. “Miles Plumlee stood out just from what he’s done and how much he’s improved over the past few months since we’ve got him,” Ryan McDonough said. “I feel like he’s improved significantly. We’ll see good things from him this year.”