Are the Suns burned out?

Updated: December 12, 2003, 7:53 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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    Tuesday morning in Miami, Suns president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was not in a good mood.

    "You caught me on a bad day," Colangelo said in a subdued voice. "A really bad day."

    Colangelo was on the road with his struggling team and was still recovering from the Suns' Monday night debacle in Orlando. Phoenix blew a 22-point first quarter lead and became the first team in 19 games to lose to the Magic.

    The loss would end up being a crushing blow to both Colangelo and head coach Frank Johnson. Twenty-four hours later, Johnson was unemployed, assistant Mike D'Antoni was the new head coach and a depressed Colangelo was sifting through the embers, trying to find the spark that made the Suns the most promising young team in the NBA last season.

    What happened to the Suns? What will it take to turn the team around? There are still more questions than answers right now.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer