These Suns give life to desert basketball fans. Suns Legacy Partners owns and operates the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team, which plays host at US Airways Center. The National Basketball Association franchise was awarded to businessman Richard Bloch in 1968 and fronted by investors such as Tony Curtis and Henry Mancini. Phoenix has reached the NBA Finals twice (the last time in 1993) but has yet to win a championship title. An investment group led by real estate executive Robert Sarver owns the team; former owner Jerry Colangelo remains as the team's chairman.
Phoenix is hoping for a resurgence on the court under the leadership of head coach Alvin Gentry. An NBA journeyman, Gentry previously coached the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons starting in 2000. He stepped into the void left when Mike D'Antoni left Phoenix in 2008 to join the New York Knicks.
Sarver, chairman of Western Alliance Bancorporation, ponied up a record $400 million for the team in 2004. Colangelo had owned the Suns since 1987; he also lost control of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team in 2004. Rick Weltz was later promoted to president and CEO in 2009.