Welcome to 110 Percent, a new, recurring feature that brings together two of my greatest joys: music and sports. The goal is pretty simple (if not a little broad): I plan to talk to musicians about sports, be it their favorite team, the news of the day or anything in between. Everything is, ahem, fair game.
First up is Scott Hessel, drummer of Phoenix band Source Victoria, who will unleash a new album, Slow Luck, with a release party on Nov. 25 at Crescent Ballroom.
I chatted with Scott last week about his life as a Suns fun and the NBA lockout, a few days before the players union rejected the latest proposal from the owners on Monday, thus jeopardizing the 2011-12 season. We had already launched into conversation before I could get a question out, so I’ll let Scott get the proverbial ball rolling here …
Let me put it this way, the first time they did this lockout nonsense â€“ what was it â€™99? â€“ I sort of re-embraced the NBA pretty quickly just because the Suns were still very much a team that wasnâ€™t gonna win a championship, but we still were pretty good. This year, OK, well, they get a season going, and what do we have? We have the same questions about the Suns that we had before the season even ended. I hate to say this, but Iâ€™m like, “Blow it up.” What could it possibly hurt?
The guy I feel worst for is my basketball hero, Steve Nash. I still feel like that dude is playing at a very high level above the expectations of what even a guy his age is ever supposed to play. So the notion of him losing a year off his career would make me sad. But everybody else just strikes me as being just completely unsympathetic. I never particularly liked (NBA commissioner) David Stern. I donâ€™t like the position a lot of the players are taking publicly … you donâ€™t really have much sympathy for these dudes.
Especially considering the economy. I know they’re also negotiating for future players, but thereâ€™s already a huge disconnect between Average Joe and the rich athlete.
I understand the principle, but it could not happen at a worse time for the Average Joe to have much sympathy. I would have considered myself a die-hard basketball fan â€“ that any given night I-donâ€™t-really-care-what-game-Iâ€™m-watching fan. But this year, no. Iâ€™m completely sitting here going, “Why are we even caring?” I donâ€™t care. Itâ€™s just not a good time to be having this sort of thing.
Give me some background. Were you born and raised and raised in Phoenix?
I was born in Florida and moved here in â€™74. I was 7.
So the Suns were the only game in town, right?
When I first became a Suns fan they were offering 2-for-1s. The 2-for-1s were like $5, $7, something like that. I remember the New Orleans Jazz came to town. [Starts singing]: “The Suns are playing in town tonight / the Suns are playing in town tonight / Pete Maravich, you know what that means/ from way down â€˜yonder in New Orleans.” That stuck with me all these years. Thatâ€™s when I became a Suns fan.
Was that a commercial?
That was a commercial. It was so hokey. The Suns were on Channel 12, I think, at the time. Iâ€™ve been with â€˜em all the way. The very first memory I have of the Suns was watching the Suns-Celtics on black-and-white TV, triple OT (Game 5 of the ’76 Finals). That was my first memory, which couldnâ€™t be a better memory.
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