It hasn’t been a good year to be a center for the Phoenix Suns.

Suns center/power forward Channing Frye was lost for the season with an enlarged heart in September. Backup center Jermaine O’Neal is on his second leave of absence this season, the latest one being due to his 13-year-old daughter’s heart surgery.

Now it appears starting center Marcin Gortat will be out for the remainder of the season. He suffered a sprained right arch in a game against the Raptors on Wednesday.

The second half of the season is typically very kind to Suns point guard Goran Dragic.

When Dragic was a rookie in 2008-09, he barely sniffed the court in the first half of the season before coming on strong to earn a spot in the rotation during the second half of the year. Then, with Houston last season, Dragic started steadily before eventually tearing up the competition after the All-Star break.

The 2012-13 campaign appears to be no different.

One of the most unique parts about working in professional sports is the chance to get to know players on a more personal level. As fans, we look at these people as mere physical specimens expected to perform at the highest level known to man at a moment’s notice. But, when you get to know them, you realize they’re not that different from anyone else.

Case in point, Suns forward Luis Scola.