The Phoenix Suns are prepared to leave their turbulent ownership period in the past. The next chapter appears to be about to start with the most recent news that Robert Sarver sold his part in the team together with the Phoenix Mercury to mortgage tycoon Mat Ishbia for a $4 billion value.
Mat Ishbia, a former Michigan State Spartans player and lifelong basketball enthusiast, received ringing praise from Robert Sarver via Shams Charania on his departure:
Sarver, who inherited ownership of both clubs in 2004 and managed the two winningest records of major professional sports organizations in Arizona, said that Mat is the ideal leader to build on franchise legacies of success and community support and lead the Suns and Mercury into the next era.
Mat possesses the ideal spirit, dedication, and resources to pursue championships as a former collegiate basketball player and national champion. But just as significant are his charitable mindset and dedication to utilizing sports to uplift and unite people. I am confident that he shares my steadfast commitment to women’s basketball, and I am eager to see him become a pillar of unity in the Valley of the Sun.
Basketball-wise, the Suns are in an intriguing situation right now. With a solid core of players like Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, and Mikal Bridges, the squad has the talent to compete against anyone in the NBA. The weight of expectations has, however, proven to be too much for them to overcome as the season passes.
When the ownership dispute is resolved, attention can be redirected to the team’s performance on the court and winning the team’s first championship.