Matt Ishpia visits Phoenix, and makes a strong first impression on the Suns

Ash Wainwright hopes Matt Ichpeia enjoyed the Suns game on Thursday and didn’t need medical attention afterwards.

“I hope he didn’t have a heart attack or anything like that,” the Suns’ two-way quarterback joked after Friday’s practice. “It was great to have him there.”

Sitting on court, Ichpea watched the Sun take a 24-point lead against Brooklyn and fight a furious comeback to win 117-112 Thursday at the Footprint Center.

“I think it’s great for the team, the organization and the community to have someone like Matt,” said Suns coach Monty Williams. “Having him in the stadiums maybe allows everyone to finally put face to everything that’s been talked about and hasn’t officially happened, but it kind of lets everyone know that this is our guy.”

A billionaire mortgage lender is waiting for NBA approval to officially become the team’s new owner.

Matt Eshpia, incoming Phoenix Suns owner, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

“He’s young,” Wainwright said when asked about his first impression of Ishpea, who turned 43 on Jan. 6. “We haven’t really had a chance to speak to him that way, but he’s young. He looks like my age.”

Wainwright is 28 years old.

“He’s an amazing guy,” Wainwright added. “I look forward to meeting him, and picking his brains not just about basketball, but about business. I want to get to know him.”

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