Came up a little short.
We’ll get there together.
Time to get back to work.
That’s the gist of Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver’s thank you letter to fans after they lost the 2021 NBA Finals to the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks after dropping Game 6 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Suns officials confirmed there won’t a parade to celebrate reaching the finals for the first time since 1993 when a sea of people congratulated Charles Barkley and the Suns for a record-setting season that ended in losing to Michael Jordan and the three-peat Chicago Bulls in the finals.
Here’s the entire Sarver letter as the second-seeded Suns returned to the playoffs after last making it in 2010:
Dear Phoenix Suns Fans,
Thank you for your unrelenting support this season. You gave us a home court advantage all year long. You showed up loud and proud and represented your team with respect.
We set out to bring an NBA Championship home to the Valley, a goal you should expect every season. We came up a little short this year, but we know there’s more work to be done.
Echoing the sentiment of Monty Williams, everything we want is on the other side of hard. What’s on the other side is incredibly rewarding, and we’ll get there together.
Now it’s time to get back to work. This is what a championship culture looks like. I can’t wait for us all to share in the feeling of what a championship season feels like.
See you soon,
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