It was but a year ago that the Phoenix Suns made an improbable and fairly glorious run to the NBA Western Finals, where the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers finally beat them in a hard-fought series.
Fans know what happened next -- among other things, unloved team owner Robert Sarver ran off well-loved general manager Steve Kerr, whose smarts were a good part of why the team did so well.
We will save our postmortem on this year's predictably disappointing team for another time, but consider this:
Sadly, tomorrow night's home game against the rival San Antonio Spurs means absolutely nothing for either team.
The hated Spurs, whom the Suns finally knocked out of the playoffs last year after what seemed like a century of crushing losses, are finishing the regular season on top of the West.
Phoenix is done for, one of the 14 inferior NBA teams that aren't going to be around for post-season play.
But fear not if, for some reason, you want to see the Suns one last time this season tomorrow night and don't have a ticket yet.