Your Suns Story: Lou Goldstein

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There might not be a bigger fan of the Suns – and basketball in general – than Lou Goldstein.

In fact, though it certainly wasn’t his intent, he wrote a book that proves it.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Goldstein moved to Phoenix in 1954 and graduated from Arizona State University shortly thereafter. ​​Before his move to Arizona, however, Lou’s father took him to a Harlem Globetrotters game where he immediately fell in love with the game of basketball.

Ever since then he’s been hooked.

Since Suns’ inaugural season in 1968-69, not a single year has passed where Lou or his father weren’t season ticket holder. But Lou’s fandom extends beyond the superficial. He appreciates the detailed intricacies of the game – the beauty of it.

His book, The NBA Through the Eyes of the Spectator, was written to help educate the uninformed fan while, at the same time, provide a valuable and entertaining reference book for the well versed fan of NBA basketball and the Phoenix Suns.

His book is available now at the Suns Team Shop at US Airways Center. You’ve been a fan of basketball for six decades. When was the moment that you knew you’d be a lifelong student of the game?

Lou Goldstein: When I first saw the Boston Celtics play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Warriors in Pittsburgh, PA in the early '50s. I moved to Phoenix in 1954 and when the Suns came to town in 1968 my passion for NBA basketball intensified. How has being a Suns fan impacted your life?

Goldstein: My wife, Lois ,and myself have friends that we met at Suns games. We raised a family in Phoenix and can remember our children sitting on our laps watching the Suns play. Then, our grandchildren took their places and we look forward to the day when we can have great-grandchildren take their places. Why have you remained a season ticket holder for so many years?

Goldstein: The combination of my passion for enjoying NBA basketball, along with a feeling of being a part of a family (the Suns) that not only feeds my appetite for basketball, it also connects me to the community. Do you have a favorite or unique story you’d like to share?

Goldstein: My favorite story was when I attended Cotton Fitzsimmon's Fantasy Basketball Camp at Lake Tahoe during the summer of 1994. Playing basketball with guys like Connie Hawkins, Lionel Hollins and Kurt Rambis along with being coached by Cotton (and listening to his many "inside" stories) was an experience I will never forget. What has been your favorite memory of being a fan over the years?

Goldstein: There have been countless favorite memories, but I would have to say that my most favorite memory was a game I saw on TV. It was on June 4, 1976 when the Suns played the Boston Celtics in the fifth game of the NBA Championship Series. The game was played in Boston and each team had won two games. I was home by myself watching the game with our family dog. The game was in the second overtime with time running out when Garfield Heard got the ball, took aim and shot a high-arching jump shot.

It seemed like the ball was going to stay in the air forever, but when it swished through the net as time was expiring to send the game into a third overtime (commonly referred to as "The Shot HEARD Around The World”) pandemonium broke out. I started screaming at the dog and started wrestling with him on the floor. In my excitement I almost killed him (he was just a little poodle). You clearly have a passion for the Suns and basketball in general. Has that passion continued to increase with each passing year? If so, why?

Goldstein: I would say that my passion has remained constant. I have been a season ticket holder since the Suns came to town in 1968 and I have seen some great Suns teams and some not-so-great teams. It's been like a roller-coaster ride.

But through it all, I have enjoyed watching what I feel to be, some of the world's greatest athletes compete, in my opinion, in the world's greatest spectator sport.