Suns Messy Right on Cue

A week before the NBA season is set to begin, the Phoenix Suns fired their General Manager Ryan McDonough. He was fired by owner Robert Sarver over the telephone. The scouting department and much of the front office were dismissed as well. There were  a lot of Donald Trump-esque You’re Fired phone calls. On Indigenous People’s…

Because It’s the Suns, Does Ayton Even Matter?

Suns New Faces: DeAndre Ayton (R), Trevor Ariza, Mikal Bridges (R),  Richaun Holmes, Suns 2017-18 Regular Season Record: 21-61 Suns 2017-18 Weaknesses: 30th: 3-Point Percentage, Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating, Opponents Points. 29th: Assists. 28th: Field Goal Percentage.  27th: Steals. 26th: 3-Point Percentage Defense, Field Goal Percentage Defense Suns 2017-18 Strengths: 3rd: Pace. 6th: Free Throw Attempts. 8th: Offensive Rebounding. Leading Scorer: Devin Booker, 24.9  Best Defensive Rating:…

Eric Bledsoe’s Disappearing Act

Three years ago, Eric Bledsoe held the Phoenix Suns hostage until they paid him a max deal. It was a familiar negotiation. You know me so what are you going to pay me? Maybe the Suns hesitated for so long because they had a clue that in 2018 in the playoffs Bledsoe’s PER would be…

The Phoenix Plan C Is Fantasyland

The Phoenix Suns had a workable plan to usher the organization past the Steve Nash Years: go small, be explosive and fast. Stay entertaining. They hired tough minded former NBA guard Jeff Hornacek. They maxed out Eric Bledsoe and were willing to do the same with Goran Dragic. They snatched Isaiah Thomas off the restricted…

The Basketball Gods Rescue Bledsoe

After botching their summer flip of Eric Bledsoe, and then botching it again by not playing Eric Bledsoe in November so his value was diminished, the Phoenix Suns have finally exiled Eric Bledsoe. The disgruntled guard has been traded to the other conference. The Suns won’t have to deal with him. In return, they received…

Earl Watson Out, Eric Bledsoe Is Next

In the spring of 2016, it was good to be an unemployed NBA coach. Tom Thibodeau was the glamour free agent that everyone was gravitating towards and talking about. Next on the list was Jeff Van Gundy. Scott Brooks was on the short list because Brooks, many thought, had the inside track to Kevin Durant. But…

Who Is Alan Williams And Why Is He The Key To Suns Success?

These days, it’s easy to cast aside team culture as cliché. For all its popularity in sports vernacular it remains an abstract concept. Unquantifiable. Hard to capture. Even harder to sustain. Its obviousness among truly great teams is irrefutable, yet an agreed upon definition remains unattainable. So, the question remains, how does a struggling NBA…

Feasting on the Tanking Vibe In the Pacific

Three teams in the Pacific Division, the Kings, Lakers and Suns, have shed off their pretender status or the illusion of trying to win games and all three have embraced losing for winning. They have either traded gifted players (Kings), sat down veterans (Lakers), or embraced a 70 point performance in a losing effort, happily…