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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  22 responses

Suns Meeting a Lot, Solving Little

The Suns’ workplace is a lot like yours. Meeting, after meeting, after meeting: “Steve Nash and Grant Hill left US Airways Center at 11:10 p.m. Saturday night, sitting in on 45 minutes of a one-hour, closed-door meeting with Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, General Manager Steve Kerr and coaches. Eleven hours later, they were in another meeting Sunday, when Porter said players and coaches ‘aired out differences’ and watched game film.”

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  • Ken

    The loss to the Bulls definitely is a red flag. At least Shaq seems to be playing well.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    On monday, the Kerr, Nash, Porter, and Hill would announce the Suns’ economic stimulus package and lose to the Kings, all within 11 hours.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    Bosh wants out of Toronto, Amare wants to get the hell away from Porter. Bosh for Amare, with whatever throw-ins you need to make it work financially.

  • riggs

    haha @ doc funk

  • http://djfklf.com Jukai

    No, I’m not going to pull a TADOne. We can pull the plug on the Suns now.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    I really don’t want to, though.

  • Mendel

    The meeting probably went along the lines of Nash asking the owners to consider changing the light bulbs in the arena and practice facility to energy saving light bulbs recycling bins instead of trashg cans and recyled paper plates/napkins at the consession stand. Grant Hill on the other hand letting them know that him and Shaq have enough scratch to buy the whole franchise and to consider selling to them so they won’t have to worry any more.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I feel bad for them. Even though I was ?issed at the way Shaq left Miami, he has been playing really well and there’s no reason this team should be losing like this. Something is definitely wrong, but I don’t think trading STAT is gonna solve it.

  • http://fjdslkf.com Jukai

    Cheryl, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who the odd man out is. Shaq’s playin’ playoff caliber right now, and for 90% of the league, he’d be a great piece. As of now though, he slows the Suns down, clogs up the lane for Amare, denies Nash entry under the basket (his typical space to make a lot of moves. Nash has found a way to get the assists around it, but the turnovers prove that he hasn’t exactly got it down pack), and he can’t ANCHOR the defense like a player like Marcus Camby can. Shaq is great one-on-one defensively. Shaq isn’t mobile enough to stop the Parkers and Kobes and McGrady’s who blow past him. That’s what the Suns really needed.
    In any other day and age, trading Shaq MIGHT be viable, playing the way he is now… yet with everyone trading for cap room like it was oxygen and the last forest jut burnt down… he’s there on the Suns to stay.
    The Jason Richardson idea was neat, but it hasn’t really changed anything.

  • http://fjdslkf.com Jukai

    Someone said the loss to the Bulls was a red flag. I respectfully disagree; the red flag was visible a LONG time ago. This was the white flag.

  • http://fjdslkf.com Jukai

    Also, the team is playin’ Dee Brown. Sh*t’s bad in Phoenix right now.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ Jukai: Shaq’s faster than McGrady. In fact, I recall a play when Tracy drove to the hoop while Shaq left the stadium, got a hot dog, returned and blocked him in mid air.

  • http://fdsklf.com Jukai

    Honestly, I don’t even know how McGrady got there, Anton. I feel like someone must have hacked my computer, or took over my brain or something. Since McGrady can’t actually walk, he is not faster than Shaq. My bad.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Kerr has been a disaster. He has destroyed the franchise.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    I always hate to admit when people I liked as players do horrid things as GMs, but danmed if Kerr didn’t ruin something beautiful.

  • Todd Spehr

    Suns just can’t get a stop when it matters

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Jukai: You spoke too soon. This past weekend has me ready to pull the plug on the Pistons as well. Sigh.

  • thesubwayconnection

    Agreed on Steve Kerr. I think he came in looking to make a big move that would be “signature” or “leave a mark.” It did. A big, ugly one. Phoenix needs to start rebuilding mode. And not around Shaq or Nash.

  • http://dfjlf.com Jukai

    Sorry to hear that TAD. We should be getting drunk in a dim lit bar talking about the old days.

  • Young Chris MP3

    Shaq for Marion again. Miami will once again contend.

  • http://www.hbo.com/thewire/ jsmoove

    yeah, kerr really messed them up. i remember looking at d’antoni’s face during the press conference when the suns obtained shaq. you could tell he was distraught, and sorta pissed. kerr, what a dumb move to bring in a wrong piece, and then to drive out the foundation of what has been driving phoenix for years…

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Man, I just wished that Kerr kept D’Antoni as a coach and both Thomas’s (Kurt and Tim).
    With Kurt on the C position, Amare could do his damage ‘cuz Kurt can shoot midrange

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