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We'll be honest: On the whole, we're not really big fans of self-proclaimed Best American Writer Neal Pollack. (We've always considered him pretty much schtick in a vacuum.) But we must admit, his newly posted Slate piece on the Phoenix Suns is kind of brillant. A longtime Suns fan, he argues that the Suns are the most likable, transformative team in the league. He points out that Steve Nash reads The Communist Manifesto, Quentin Richardson quotes Hamlet and coach Mike D'Antoni is labeled "Coach Pornstache." All in all, the piece is so strong it makes us want to root for the Suns, despite the musical brilliance of Spurs fans.

How The Suns Saved The NBA [Slate] [Official Site]