Winning NBA teams with young stars and respected basketball cultures aren’t always the best environments for newly-drafted players. Former 10th overall pick Jalen Smith has learned that the hard way with the Phoenix Suns, only set against the backdrop of a COVID-ravaged introduction to the pros. Not only did Stix get coronavirus in the first month as a rookie last…

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Gerald Bourguet serves as PHNX's reporter, writing savant and podcast co-host for all things Phoenix Suns. He's been a basketball fan since the day he could say "Michael Jordan," graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU in 2013 with a BA and MA in sports journalism and has been covering the NBA ever since. As a credentialed media member since 2015, Gerald dealt with his Suns-related depression through his writing...until the Bubble Suns changed everything. Now, the Artist Formerly Known as Zewio is just as excited to cover winning basketball as Suns fans are to enjoy watching it.

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