Snowing in Scottsdale

Saturday, it snowed! "Big deal," you might say, but we live in Mesa, AZ. It snowed in many places in the Phoenix area this past weekend, most notably in North Scottsdale where they received up 4
of snow (my estimate)!

What a way to end a drought! It hasn't rained in a 143 days; I couldn't imagine a better way to end a drought than by having lots of rain, but better yet, SNOW on top of it!.

Last night when I heard it was snowing in North Scottsdale, I packed up (and bundled up) my 3 year old son, and we drove 41 miles to grandma's house to play in the snow. Much to our disappointment, it started raining again when we arrived, so we watched the Suns beat the T-Wolves, hoping that as the time passed, it would start snowing again. By this time it was about 9:30 PM, so I decided to head home, wishing I could show my son snow for the second time in his life. As I was making a left-hand turn at a stop sign, another car was coming to a halt when about a four inch sheet of snow slid off the hood of the car!

I decided I should head the direction that the car came from, and see if I could find snow. Low and behold, a half-mile up the road it started SNOWING!!! My son and I were ecstatic, so we called mommy to tell her that we finally found snow, and we'd be late.

So, here we were, about 10:00 PM, taking pictures, talking to strangers, and watching families and friends have snow-ball fights! What a hoot.

I thank God for 3/11/06. It was Papa's 70th today, and I can't help but think that the rain and snow, and all the fun that came from it was a gift for him. In reality, it was a gift for all of us in the Phoenix area. Thank you, Lord Jesus for ending the drought, and thank you most of all for the SNOW!!



The Phoenix Suns are probably the best over-achieving team in the league because they play high-octane team basketball. It really is beautiful to watch. They have a slogan, “Making basketball fun again.” Not only have they made basketball fun again, they are leading the NBA into it’s new glory days:

It’s the new NASH NBA, embodying superb physical conditioning, cerebral and unselfish basketball, run-and-gun, pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop basketball. The defense is focused on points per possession rather than points per game. More possessions = more fun to watch!

The popularity of the NBA really started emerging with Dr. J., then Bird and Magic, then Jordan. After the Pistons took the throne of the NBA in 89 and 90, the Bulls, or should I say, Jordan, took over.

While we all (and corporations that used players as marketing tools) enjoyed the super-human performances of Jordan, the greatest athlete in NBA history, the NBA The Bulls won the next 6 of 8 titles, and while Jordan took a break from the game, we were tortured with the Rockets/Knicks style of grinding half-court basketball, marking the low-point in recent NBA history. The half-court style propelled the much better Spurs and Lakers to the throne for the next 6 out of 7 years.

By the way, only six teams (Celtics, Lakers, Pistons, Bulls, Spurs, Rockets) have won the championship in 22 years! Add the Sonics, 76ers, Blazers, Bucks, Bullets, Warriors Knicks, and Hawks to that, and you have fourteen teams in 50 years. From 1967 to 1979, eight teams won.

Now that Jordan is gone, and the days of the NBA Center are disappearing, team-basketball is back, and guess what? It’s FUN TO WATCH. The Spurs and Pistons are the best teams in the NBA because their best players make others play better and play with an unselfish attitude. The players are “role-players” with their focus being on the team.

The Bird/Magic years have to be considered the glory days of the NBA, but Steve Nash and the Suns are making the NBA fun again. Players (like Chris Paul) are learning that “being like Steve” makes the game better than “being like Mike.” When I think of being “like Mike,” I think of these guys: Jason Richardson, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Barron Davis, Gilbert Arenas, and Kobe Bryant. All of them are “be like Mike Players.” By the way, players that want to “be like Mike” are probably more motivated by money and corporate endorsements than anything else.

Nash hasn’t “won it all” yet, but he will in the next two years. We have Magic, Bird, and Jordan to thank for making the NBA popular. The future of the NBA will be about players like Steve Nash, and names like Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Pete Maravich, Earl Monroe, Nate Archibald, and Jerry West (who didn’t have the audience that players do now) will be brought up when talking about Steve Nash, and new “glory days” will be here again!