Mat Ishbia visits Phoenix, makes strong first impression with Suns

Ish Wainright hoped Mat Ishbia would enjoy Thursday’s Suns game and not need medical attention afterwards.

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

Sitting courtside, Ishbia watched the Suns build a 24-point lead against Brooklyn and battle 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 Mat,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Having him on the court probably allows everyone to finally put a face to everything that’s been talked about and hasn’t officially happened, but it lets everyone know that this is our guy.”

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

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

“She’s young,” Wainright said when asked about her first initial impression of Ishbia, who turned 43 on January 6. “We didn’t really get a chance to talk to him like that, but he’s young. He looks like he is my age.

Wainright is 28 years old.

“He’s a great guy,” Wainright added. “I look forward to meeting him, meeting his brain not only about basketball, but also about business. I want to get to know him.

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