Suns fans have arrived at a reflective place. They can respect a rebuilding project as long as the blueprint looks sound.
Archie Goodwin is the symbol of a franchise that finally has some vision. He will flash jaw-dropping open-court skills one minute, an inconsistent shooting touch another. More than anything though, is the promise of greatness, an intriguing story line as the Suns play their second preseason game tonight against Portland.
“Patience,” Goodwin said, “will help me in this league.”
You better believe it. Goodwin turned 19 less than two months ago. Nineteen. He is called “rook” by his teammates, sent out to make the occasional donut run. But the guard has earned their respect with a work ethic that often finds him on the court long after a practice, and with a game that turned heads during Summer League ball.