It's not hard to find Steve Nash or Grant Hill fanatics among the Suns fan community. And, for good reason. Those guys are international superstars, have had phenomenal careers and are all-around admirable men. But this post isn't about the Steve Nashes and Grant Hills of the world. It's about the bit players who fans swoon over in silly or unreasonable ways. It's about the fans who chanted "Louuuuuuuuuuuu" when the ponytailed one played in Phoenix. Or the assortment of Garret Siler and Zabian Dowdell fans we have here. Or fans who wore dorky glasses to games when Kurt Rambis played for the Suns. Silly? Unreasonable? Isn't that what being a fan is about?
What current or former Suns player do you love a little more than is reasonable, even though he is/was merely a role player, or even less than a role player? For me, that player is.......
Elliot "Socks" Perry
If Perry was before your time, here's what you need to know: he was the picture of an underdog. Originally drafted by the Clippers and then plucked from the CBA by the Suns in the 93-94 season to be Kevin Johnson's backup, Perry's best season was 94-95 when he averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 assists in 24 minutes per game. He started 51 games that year, as injuries plagued KJ. Perry certainly had a lot of help, as that Suns team was stacked with talent, but he steered the ship for large chunks of a 59-win season.
Perry was small and scrawny, listed at 6'0, 150 lbs, and he had many notable nerd qualities: his name, the high socks on his skinny legs, and he sometimes wore goggles.
With the goggles, he looked more like he should be on the set of an ABC sitcom than on an NBA court. Yes, it was like having Urkel play PG for us. And how awesome is that? It was quite awesome, and it broke my heart when the Suns let Perry go following the 95-96 season, trading him to Milwaukee. He came back to the Suns in the 2000-2001 season, but he didn't do much for us, averaging a meager 3.2 points and 1.7 assists per game. Elliot Perry was nothing more than a decent backup PG at the peak of his career, but I had a blast cheering for the guy. He was a scrappy, hardworking player, and had a nice shooting stroke.
OK, your turn now. Can be current or former player. Originality is appreciated but not required. Include pictures! We all know lockout news sucks, so let's have some fun remembering the good stuff about being fans.
Update: Just found this sweet video.