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ArizonaSports.com's 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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ArizonaSports.com's 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.






What do the Phoenix Suns need to do to become true title contenders?

We go over what the Phoenix Suns need to do to get back into title contender status out of the NBA All-Star break, take questions about the roster and look at the daunting schedule.


Suns get a G League team, Royce O'Neale shines, Phoenix found an ID

Did the Phoenix Suns find an identity in a win against the Sacramento Kings? We also touch on the first looks at Royce O'Neale, the Thaddeus Young reported signing and a G League team coming to Phoenix.


Suns nab Royce O'Neale, David Roddy at the trade deadline - Feb. 8

The Suns traded four players and picks to add Royce O'Neale from the Brooklyn Nets and David Roddy from the Memphis Grizzlies. We react to that and give an NBA-wide peek of deadline day.


A road trip is over: Now, a Phoenix Suns trade deadline preview

Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkic had big games in the back half of a long road trip that ended on a positive note before the Phoenix Suns enter the week of the NBA trade deadline. What assets and needs do they have?


The Suns' fourth quarters make for a copy-paste podcast - Jan. 31

We discuss Dave King's lasting legacy, touch on Devin Booker's past struggles to make the NBA All-Star Game even as a reserve and dive into the perplexing fourth-quarter struggles.


Kevin Durant is going off as Suns begin 7-game road trip - Jan. 24

Kevin Durant put together a pair of 40-pieces as the Phoenix Suns enter a seven-game road trip on a six-game winning streak.


What to take from the Suns' historic comeback against the Kings

The Suns burned through a 22-point deficit in eight minutes to beat the Kings thanks to a small-ball lineup. What are we taking from that run and what are we taking from the poor three-plus quarters before it?


If it walks like an average basketball team and quacks like an average basketball team ... - Jan. 10

The Phoenix Suns have been perfectly average. Their roster has mostly underperformed on an individual level. Two losses to the Clippers over their last four games reflected how far they have to go.


Suns hit a hard stretch after the Big 3 gets run - Jan. 3

Kevin Durant is out against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he gave the Phoenix Suns a two-game stretch alongside Devin Booker and Bradley Beal to give fans a peek at the offensive boost when the Big 3 is healthy.


Did the Suns' win against the Rockets settle things down?

The Suns ugly loss to the Mavericks on Christmas Night came along with a vague report from Woj about Kevin Durant's frustrations. A win against the Rockets settled the noise, but did it mean much?


The Suns probably need to be in urgent mode

The Phoenix Suns' loss to the Blazers and a near-loss to the Wizards lead to concern. Can they fix things? Sure. But the team hasn't made progress and is now forced with playing catchup, so long as it can plug the many holes shown over the last week-plus.


The nuance of why the Phoenix Suns aren't in urgent mode yet - Dec. 15

The Phoenix Suns' Big Three debuted, but let's not let that loss to Mikal Bridges and the Nets send anyone into panic mode.


Devin Booker's value and an NBA In-Season Tournament preview

The Phoenix Suns with Devin Booker at poin guard are 9-2 this year as they prepare to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA In-Season Tournament.


Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul return to face the Phoenix Suns - Nov. 22

The Phoenix Suns hosted Deandre Ayton and are prepared to host Chris Paul. We break down the roster and those guys' starts for the Blazers and Warriors, respectively, before Kellan goes on a rant about the NBA In-Season Tournament.


Bradley Beal is out 3 weeks, Devin Booker is back

Bradley Beal's back has set him aside for at least three weeks, just as Devin Booker returned from his own injury issues. How much are we panicking over the Suns' 5-6 start?


Kevin Durant rides solo, Suns meet Wemby - Nov. 1

Devin Booker and Bradley Beal remain injured, and the Phoenix Suns found a high offensive gear before blowing a lead against Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs.


Suns split first two games with Devin Booker and Bradley Beal banged up - Oct. 27

How much can we take away from the Phoenix Suns' split against the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors with Devin Booker and Bradley Beal now injured?


Warriors-Suns and the start of a new era - Oct. 23

What are we looking most forward to watching as the Phoenix Suns begin their season against the Golden State Warriors and beyond? A look at the first set of games and what we're curious about.


Empire of the Suns' 2023-24 NBA preview: Title picks, MVP predictions and more

We run down the major NBA awards to make predictions for MVP, most improved, sixth man, rookie and Finals teams for the 2023-24 season.


Halfway through the Phoenix Suns' preseason - Oct. 13

What are our takeaways from the role players after three Phoenix Suns preseason games? We touch on everyone from Jusuf Nurkic to Nassir Little to Bol Bol.