PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - In a sea of noise Saturday night, one Suns fan stands out. She's the loudest and proudest in downtown Phoenix for NBA Finals Game 5 between the Suns and Bucks. "Go Suns!" shouts Jenna Warren, a 21-year-old superfan with Down syndrome.
Warren and her parents were Suns season ticket holders from 2010-2020. "We're just so happy that they're in the Finals," says Jenna's mom, Gracie Colvin. "Like we just can't even believe it. It's kind of surreal. We've been fans for so long."
The family would come to games hours before tip-off to watch warmups courtside. That's where Warren formed a special bond with Devin Booker.
"Sweet, nice and cute," says Warren, when asked to describe why she likes the Suns' superstar guard.
"She's had friendships with other players, and they've always been really sweet to her," says Colvin. "But when Devin came, she was really drawn to him. You could tell something was different. And she just had that connection."
For five years, before every home game, Warren would take a picture with Booker, and ask him a question. What's his favorite song? Who does he want to win the Super Bowl? What did he do during the team's recent road trip to New York? "It was just so natural," says Colvin. "Like a brother and sister."
Those genuine conversations were paused by the pandemic and Warren's family moving to New York. But all season long, she would still watch every second of the Suns on TV. "One thing she's always saying while she's watching the game," says Colvin, "is, 'He is so good. Devin's so good.'"
Warren's also been sending Booker good luck messages on Instagram during this playoff run. "She told him to have a good game, and he was like, 'Thank you, miss you,'" says Colvin. "It's a cute little friendship they have."
Booker recently said, "I miss those interactions. We have our exchange through DM very often [though]. I see her still supporting. That's a bond that's here forever."
Then, before Game 5 in Phoenix, Booker saw Warren in person for the first time in well over a year. You needed only look at his face to understand how much that meant, to be reunited, if only for a moment, with his loudest and proudest fan.
Ahead of Game 6 in Milwaukee, Warren has some final words of encouragement. "You got this, Devin!" she said.