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.
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman touch on the Suns' strong stretch led by Devin Booker -- a potential MVP candidate -- and Deandre Ayton, among others.
As Twitter goes on the fritz, Jae Crowder maybe could be traded soon, while Duane Washington Jr. steps into the spotlight with Chris Paul injured.
With Chris Paul aging and Cam Johnson injured, there's more pressure on Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges to take on a larger offensive load.
The Suns' starting lineup is off to a hot start, but it's the bench that has been surprisingly strong through six games.
Chris Paul is easing into things, while Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have carried the load. Meanwhile, Jock Landale and Damion Lee stand out off the bench.
Cam Johnson did not get his extension from the Phoenix Suns for a few reasons. That, a look ahead to the opener against the Dallas Mavericks and more.
The preseason's over. Kellan and Kevin talk Cam Johnson's potential extension, the state of the roster and preseason takeaways.
A loss to the Adelaide 36ers and a win over the Lakers to begin the preseason shed some light on what the Phoenix Suns reserve contributions could look like for 2022-23.
Deandre Ayton and Monty Williams have a problem between them, Cam Johnson will start and the Suns hope to make more tweaks because of their continuity.
Phoenix Suns leaders and players at media day talked about the Robert Sarver investigation, and Deandre Ayton did not help anyone move on from an offseason spent wondering if he would be elsewhere.
Robert Sarver announced he will sell the Phoenix Suns eight days after learning of his suspension. Plus, basketball is around the corner.
The NBA suspended Suns owner Robert Sarver and fined him after an investigation into workplace misconduct. We dive into the details and look ahead to what might be next.
While the Phoenix Suns should win plenty of games, they've to this point failed at making the upgrades to fix the issues that ended their past two offseasons. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss that and then dive into where the Suns sit in a deep Western Conference.
The NBA released its 2022-23 schedule, and the Phoenix Suns will play some games. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman take a peek at the nuances of it and also catch up on the team's two-way contract signings, Ish Wainright and Duane Washington Jr.
The Phoenix Suns' roster does not seem settled, even if Kevin Durant is stuck in Brooklyn. So how do the Suns operate around that?
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman discuss the rapid developments that ended with Deandre Ayton remaining a member of the Phoenix Suns. Now what? Kevin Durant?
Kevin Durant is still with the Brooklyn Nets, but the Phoenix Suns had an active weekend signing free agents who could be on the back end of the rotation.
Hours before free agency opened, Kevin Durant said "no" to the Nets and "yes" to the possibility of joining the Phoenix Suns. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman react.
Kevin Durant appears to be staying put, the market for Deandre Ayton could be thinning and the rest of the free-agency class is a shrug.
The Phoenix Suns didn't trade into the 2022 NBA Draft, which is fine. An odd ESPN story about their draft strategy was less fine.
It's our NBA Draft preview, where we started by discussing rumors of a top-10 trade-in and another report about interest in Rockets guard Eric Gordon.
The noise says Deandre Ayton won't be back with the Phoenix Suns. We reflect on why that is, how we got here and what the Suns could potentially aim for in sign-and-trade opportunities.
We turn our attention to Deandre Ayton's restricted free agency and how the Phoenix Suns react to falling short of their 2022-23 goals.
The Phoenix Suns' season ended with a blowout home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman try to make sense of the team falling well short of expectations.
Kellan Olson is joined by 98.7 FM's Dave Burns to discuss the Suns' befuddling Game 6 loss to the Mavericks. What went wrong? Can we explain it? Who needs to step up for Game 7?
Kellan Olson is joined by 98.7 FM's Vince Marotta. They discuss a blowout Game 5 win for the Suns, what changed compared to the two games in Dallas and expectations for Game 6.
Kellan Olson is joined by Suns broadcaster Jon Bloom to discuss Monty Williams winning Coach of the Year before diving into the Suns' loss in Game 4 against the Mavericks and how they see the rest of the series playing out.
Kellan Olson is joined by The Four Point Play Newsletter's David and Max to discuss what went wrong for the Suns in their Game 3 loss to the Mavericks and what needs to change for Game 4.
Kellan Olson is joined by Locked on Suns' Brendon Kleen to discuss how much they read into two strong Phoenix performances that indicate this series against Dallas could be a big mismatch.
Kellan Olson is joined by The Timeline Podcast's Mike Vigil and Sam Cooper to discuss how the Suns played in a Game 1 win against the Mavericks, how optimistic they are for Phoenix in the rest of the series and what tweaks could come in Game 2.
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman preview the Phoenix Suns' second-round series against the Mavericks. Do the Mavs have enough punch beyond Luka Doncic? And how much will Deandre Ayton be a problem for Dallas?
Chris Paul made all 14 of his buckets and Devin Booker did enough as the Suns got through their first-round series against the Pelicans.
Mikal Bridges scored 31 and played lockdown defense as the Suns put the Pelicans on elimination notice with a Game 5 victory.
The New Orleans Pelicans tied up their series with the Phoenix Suns via a Game 4 win, and we continue wondering why the No. 1 seed doesn't look like itself.
Deandre Ayton hit a playoff career-high, Chris Paul again hit 19 points in the fourth, and the Suns pulled ahead of the Pelicans in the series with a Game 3 win.
Devin Booker injured his hamstring, but other issues cropped up for the Phoenix Suns in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Chris Paul went off, Jonas Valanciunas got a lot of rebounds and the Phoenix Suns pulled out a Game 1 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans to open their playoffs.
The Pelicans dropped the Clippers to earn a first-round appearance against the Phoenix Suns. There are storylines and matchups to parse through.
The Suns closed the regular season with 64 wins. We talk about the decision to cut Frank Kaminsky for Ish Wainright, the play-in matchup possibilities and more.
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman take questions from listeners as the Suns look to end a two-game skid by ending the Lakers' play-in hopes, including a peek at which teams they should want to avoid in the playoffs.
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman make their cases for postseason NBA awards that are within reach of individual Phoenix Suns after the team clinched the No. 1 seed throughout the playoffs.
Chris Paul is back at practice. How should the Phoenix Suns utilize their key players after locking up the top seed? And should Mikal Bridges get more NBA Defensive Player of the Year juice?
Plus more Cats Talk.
The Phoenix Suns have been without Chris Paul and Cam Johnson for their latest stretch, but it could be argued they're playing at their best. Plus, our thoughts on the Lakers and Anthony Davis' comment about losing to the Suns last year.
Without Devin Booker or Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns leaned more on Cam Payne, Cam Johnson and other role players to go 3-1. What did we learn about the four-game stretch?
The Phoenix Suns have lost two games in a row. What has Chris Paul's absence meant, and what real things can we take away from it? Plus, an Arizona Wildcats segment at the end for ourselves.
Chris Paul's thumb injury leaves a lot of questions: Can the Phoenix Suns stay atop the Western Conference? And how will the team adjust without him?
Aaron Holiday has looked good to start his Suns career, and which player is the Suns' real MVP: Devin Booker or Chris Paul?
The Suns ran through a string of elite Eastern Conference teams capped by an NBA Finals rematch win against the Bucks. Plus a quick followup on the trade deadline and the Aaron Holiday deal.
Kellan Olson and Kevin Zimmerman react to the Phoenix Suns' trade deadline deals for Torrey Craig (again) and Aaron Holiday before a busy night that includes Bucks-Suns.
Kevin returns from paternity leave and is filled in by Kellan about what's up with the Phoenix Suns as the trade deadline nears.