Quick, answer this question: The Phoenix Suns would not be in the Western Conference finals Monday without . . . ?
No. It’s not Amar’e Stoudemire.
Nope, not Steve Nash either.
Steve Kerr? Uh-uh.
Robert Sarver? No siree bob.
It’s simple. The Suns would not be in the conference finals Monday without Jerry Colangelo.
The fact is, without Colangelo, there might not even BE a Phoenix Suns.
Colangelo moved here in 1968 to become the expansion Suns’ first general manager, the youngest (at 29) in professional-sports history. He saved the franchise in 1987, when the team suffered through a drug scandal. He brought in the kind of quality players that got the team to the league finals in 1976 and again in 1993. Without Colangelo, the Suns – and the city of Phoenix – would be something very different. And not quite as good.