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Kevin Zimmerman and Kellan Olson break down the storylines surrounding the Phoenix Suns every week. From in-depth analysis to breaking news reactions, the Empire of the Suns podcast has you covered for everything Suns.

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    • Oct 19, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 37m AVG DURATION
    • 190 EPISODES


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    Latest episodes from Empire of the Suns

    No deal: What's behind the Deandre Ayton non-extension? - Oct. 19

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 38:06

    The Phoenix Suns didn't extend Deandre Ayton after negotiations went south, so what comes next? That and a quick look at the start of the season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Still no extensions for Suns' Ayton, Bridges - Oct. 15

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 46:04


    Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges still don't have extensions done. Plus, how well-equipped is the Phoenix Suns' roster to withstand injuries? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Do the Suns belong atop the West? A full NBA preview for 2021-22 - Oct. 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 71:48

    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman run down the latest Phoenix Suns news before considering where the Suns belong in the NBA hierarchy. It's a full preview of the 2021-22 NBA landscape. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    We're back! The Ayton and Bridges extensions, plus Suns media day - Sept. 30

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 43:16

    We discuss whether to be concerned about Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges not receiving extensions to this point, what we learned at Suns media day and what Landry Shamet can bring. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Elfrid Payton, Jalen Smith and Summer Suns - Aug. 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 46:27

    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss the Phoenix Suns' reported addition of Elfrid Payton, what more the team can do this offseason. Plus, we break down Jalen Smith's play on the Summer Suns and potential role on the regular season roster. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Suns free agency, Jalen Smith's Summer League and USA gold - Aug. 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 50:40

    We talk about the Phoenix Suns' running it back with much of the same roster, Jalen Smith's big Summer League upcoming and USA Basketball's gold medal helped by Devin Booker's strong defensive play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Chris Paul and Cam Payne are back, and JaVale McGee joins the Suns - Aug. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 33:30


    The Suns moved quickly to agree with Chris Paul and Cam Payne, and they also shored up the center depth by signing Olympian JaVale McGee in the first hours of free agency. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns trade for Landry Shamet, out of 2021 NBA Draft - July 29

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 55:52


    The Phoenix Suns traded Jevon Carter and their No. 29 overall pick for Landry Shamet. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss what Shamet brings and what dipping out of the draft says about the team's thought process before getting into free agency. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Our one and only Suns 2021 NBA Draft preview - July 28

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 61:29


    It's our only 2021 NBA Draft preview for the Phoenix Suns this year. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman run through as many prospects as they can ahead of Phoenix's big day, where it holds the No. 29 pick. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Giannis and the Bucks take Game 6 and the Finals from the Suns - July 21

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:11


    Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 50 points for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns floundered down the stretch of a Game 6 NBA Finals loss. What's to take from a championship series loss? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns pushed to the brink as Bucks stars grab Game 5 - July 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 29:45


    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton helped the Milwaukee Bucks overcome a poor start, and Devin Booker wasn't enough as the Phoenix Suns fell in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to trail 3-2. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Are Suns' losses to Bucks in NBA Finals Game 3 and 4 about strategy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 30:30


    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss what's gone wrong with the Phoenix Suns in consecutive NBA Finals losses to the Milwaukee Bucks. Is it about strategy or just better play from the Bucks? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns flop as Giannis soars for Bucks in NBA Finals Game 3 - July 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 26:19


    Giannis Antetokounmpo starred again, and Devin Booker struggled among other Phoenix Suns in a Game 3 NBA Finals loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Should the Suns be concerned? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns bomb away from 3 vs. Bucks to take Game 2 of NBA Finals - July 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 30:08


    The Suns hit 20 three-pointers and with the help of Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges survived a monster third quarter from Giannis Antetokounmpo to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Booker, CP3 and Ayton maul Bucks as Suns take Game 1 of NBA Finals - July 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 24:20


    Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton made their first NBA Finals games each look good in a 118-105 win against a returning Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    How the Suns match up with the Bucks in the NBA Finals - July 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 29:33


    The Milwaukee Bucks face the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Here's what matchups could dictate the series as Giannis Antetokounmpo's injury status remains to-be-determined. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    The Suns are headed to the NBA Finals - July 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 20:43


    Kellan Olson from Los Angeles and Kevin Zimmerman back in the Valley speak after Chris Paul closed the door on the Clippers to give the Phoenix Suns their third NBA Finals berth. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Clippers get early punch to take Game 5 from Suns - June 28

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 18:09

    Paul George put in a monster game and the Clippers beat up the Suns early on in a Game 5 Western Conference Finals to win. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Deandre Ayton flexes in ugly Game 4 win for the Suns over the Clippers - June 27

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 30:30


    The Phoenix Suns used a monster game from Deandre Ayton to pull out a slugfest against the Los Angeles Clippers to take a 3-1 series lead. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    CP3, Booker struggle in Suns' Game 3 loss to Clippers - June 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 17:14


    Devin Booker and Chris Paul played off-kilter basketball in the Phoenix Suns' Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. How concerned should the Suns be with a 2-1 series lead? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Deandre Ayton's Valley-Oop sends Suns past Clippers in wild Game 2 - June 23

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 33:12

    Deandre Ayton caught an alley-oop over the rim in the final second, and the Phoenix Suns went ahead 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Devin Booker's triple-double helps Suns take down Clippers in Game 1 - June 20

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 23:34


    Devin Booker put up 40 points and his first career triple-double as the Suns won Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Chris Paul and COVID-19, Kawhi's injury and Clippers-Jazz gets weird - June 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 18:40


    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss the unknowns about Chris Paul's status for the Western Conference Finals, touch on the Clippers-Jazz series and get hit by news of Rick Carlisle's departure from the Mavericks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns sweep the Nuggets to make the Western Conference Finals - June 13

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 22:19


    Chris Paul went to the elbow a ton, Nikola Jokic got ejected and Devin Booker added to the Suns' big night as Phoenix swept the Denver Nuggets to advance to the Western Conference Finals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns put the Nuggets on the brink despite Nikola Jokic's effort - June 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 29:13


    Nikola Jokic put up a historic line, but Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul and Devin Booker stepped up to put the Suns ahead of the Nuggets 3-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Another blowout of a lifeless Nuggets team - June 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 22:04


    The Suns clamped up the Nuggets not named Nikola Jokic in a 123-98 win in Game 2 thanks to another balanced effort. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns blow open doors vs. Nuggets in Game 1 - June 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 33:46


    Mikal Bridges scored 23, Chris Paul took over late and Deandre Ayton traded blows with Nikola Jokic as the Phoenix Suns took Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. What did we take away from it? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns dethrone LeBron behind Devin Booker's 47, Nuggets up next - June 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 27:44


    We give our final thoughts on the Suns defeating the reigning champion Lakers and look ahead to to the storylines for the Western Conference Semifinals series against the Nuggets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Behind Book, Suns blow doors off Anthony Davis-lacking Lakers - June 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 25:14


    Devin Booker had a classic start, and LeBron James couldn't make up for Anthony Davis' absence in Game 5 as the Suns took a 3-2 lead on the Lakers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    CP3 looks improved, Anthony Davis goes down as Suns take Game 4 from Lakers - May 30

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 22:30


    Suns PG Chris Paul took another step forward in his recovering from a shoulder injury and the Lakers lost Anthony Davis to a groin issue in a Game 4 Phoenix win to their their first-round series, 2-2.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns have backs against the wall after Game 3 loss to Lakers - May 28

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 34:36


    The Phoenix Suns might have to make drastic changes after the Los Angeles Lakers flexed behind their star players in Game 3. Chris Paul's injury status remains a concern as the Suns role players continue to struggle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Chris Paul's injury, Lakers too much for Suns to overcome in Game 2 - May 26

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 27:10


    Chris Paul's shoulder injury has lingered in a bad way for the Phoenix Suns, but other things also went against the team as the Los Angeles Lakers took Game 2. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns take down Lakers in Game 1 - May 23

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 34:42


    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman react to the Suns' win over the Lakers in Game 1 of the first round. We talk over the concerns for the Lakers, Chris Paul's injury, plus Devin Booker's and Deandre Ayton's playoff debuts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Previewing the Lakers-Suns first-round playoff matchup - May 20

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 41:40

    LeBron James willed the Lakers in the play-in game, and now the Suns face one of the toughest first-round matchups for a No. 2 seed in recent history. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Suns await Lakers-Warriors play-in victor - May 17

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 38:39


    The Phoenix Suns wrapped up the regular season as the No. 2 seed. We touch on injury updates, playoff things that will impact the long-term future (contracts!) and preview the Warriors-Lakers play-in game. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    How concerned are we about the Suns with 3 games left? - May 12

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 31:48


    Kellan and Kevin rate their concern levels as the Phoenix Suns have lost three of four, plus they look ahead to the play-in scenarios and seeding possibilities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    What to watch for Suns, otherwise down the home stretch - May 6

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 25:53

    The Phoenix Suns want the No. 1 seed. They also don't want the Los Angeles Lakers to slide to the No. 7 seed. Here's what Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman are looking for from the Suns and the rest of the NBA down the home stretch. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Which Suns have a shot at winning NBA end-of-season awards? - May 3

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 48:42


    Devin Booker? Chris Paul? Monty Williams? Who among the Phoenix Suns have decent shots at making All-NBA teams or winning the coach or executive of the year honors? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns fight through a daunting road trip - April 27

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 34:35


    The Phoenix Suns went 3-2 on a difficult East Coast road swing that included wins over the 76ers, Bucks and Knicks with losses to the Nets and Celtics. What did we take away from it all? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Who might give the Suns playoff fits? - April 14

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 51:53

    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman break down the last three wins for the Phoenix Suns before creating tiers of which opponents the Suns want -- and don't want -- to play in the postseason. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phoenix Suns split a Jazz-Clippers back-to-back test - April 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 34:20


    The Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz and then fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in what felt like a preview of playoff basketball. What were Kellan Olson's and Kevin Zimmerman's takeaways? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Suns keeping winning through crunch-time struggles; Torrey Craig fits in - April 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 39:37

    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman wonder how concerning it should be that the Phoenix Suns continue to have crunch-time struggles as they continue to pile up wins. Plus, Torrey Craig has been throw into the fire with ease. How is that impacting Cam Johnson? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Resetting expectations as Suns stand pat at the NBA trade deadline - March 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 44:03


    The Phoenix Suns didn't follow the Torrey Craig trade with anything just before the NBA trade deadline. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman use that framework to begin talking expectations for this year's team. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Torrey Craig traded to the Suns - March 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 20:57

    The Phoenix Suns traded cash to the Milwaukee Bucks for forward Torrey Craig, giving them defensive insurance at wing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Suns, Dario Saric lineup continue rollin' out of the break - March 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 32:33

    Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman look ahead to the second half of the year, and the Phoenix Suns gets out of the NBA All-Star break with a win over the Trail Blazers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Suns push up NBA standings at the All-Star break - March 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 40:45


    We discuss Devin Booker's February Player of the Month run and Dario Saric's strong play to help the Phoenix Suns ahead of the NBA All-Star Game. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Devin Booker's NBA All-Star snub and the streaking Suns - Feb. 23

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 33:02


    Chris Paul is in. Devin Booker is not -- so far -- an NBA All-Star reserve. We discuss where this ranks among snubs and touch on the Phoenix Suns' domination over the past few weeks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    The Suns' historic loss to the Nets was also fascinating - Feb. 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 41:13


    Monty Williams let the Phoenix Suns ride things out as their 20-plus-point lead slipped away in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Kellan and Kevin talk Deandre Ayton's role in that and the big-picture outlook from the single game. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Devin Booker dominates Cavs amid Suns' hot streak - Feb. 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 36:41


    Devin Booker scored 36 points in the absence of Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns role players all pick up slack to push their team to six wins in seven games. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Devin Booker drops the Mavs, but Suns still finding themselves - Feb. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 47:54


    The Phoenix Suns are on a three-game winning streak after Devin Booker's game-winner, and the bench is thriving. But the team is still searching for a few things to make a leap. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Cold Suns fighting depth, clutch chemistry issues - Jan. 26

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 43:05


    Deandre Ayton continues to shine, but the Phoenix Suns have struggled to close games lately. Is it offense? Defense? They're related, and only time can solve the issues. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


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