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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 4:00 pm  |  37 responses

Steve Kerr Steps Down as Suns GM

Following a highly successful (and somewhat, unexpected) Playoff run, Kerr is shockingly stepping down as team GM. According to the Arizona Republic, Steve will return to TV work: “Steve Kerr will not return as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Kerr’s contract expires June 30 but he had been expecting and hoping to return until negotiations for his contract and an opportunity to return to television as a NBA commentator prompted him to leave the organization after three years as its GM. Kerr could not be reached for comment. Kerr previously worked as a game analyst for TNT, who just lost lead commentator Doug Collins when he become head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Kerr, 44, became part of the Suns’ leadership in 2004 when Sarver was looking to buy a franchise. University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson introduced them and Kerr facilitated a meeting with NBA Commissioner David Stern that led to Sarver’s ownership group buying the Suns. Kerr became a minority owner and trusted advisor for Sarver, who eventually turned to him to become GM after Bryan Colangelo and coach Mike D’Antoni first held the job under Sarver.”

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  • Dirtybird

    There you go, Chuck.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Good decision for Kerr and the Suns.

  • T-Money

    Stepped down or kicked out?

  • http://dspremiere.blogspot.com cramzy

    CHUCK FOR GM 2010!

  • namik

    Best to go out on a hight note. If Amare leaves, I don’t see a repeat trip to the WCF happening.

  • Nigel

    What the hell? He was just starting to get it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    well, that’s abrupt.

  • Panza

    Bill Simmons for GM!

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    He doesnt want to be responsible for amare leaving. Nash is dangerously close to the edge. What is the suns future?

  • MikeC.

    I didn’t expect to read much about the Suns this summer outside of Stoudemire’s contract extension or sign and trade. Either TV work pays really really well, or there’s something going on on Planet Orange that Kerr wanted no part of.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Forget TV. Steve should join the CIA and avenge his father’s death!…..Sorry, overworked and underpaid Enigmatic = stupid-comment writing Enigmatic. I’m sure Steve just prefers the less stressful position as tv color commentor.

  • http://sdjkflfl.com Jukai

    Steve Nash forced him out. This man is a destroyer of franchises!!!

  • Joey E.

    He’s still a bad GM. good move by Phoenix. boy did he get LUCKY this year. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY. still cant believe they made it within 2 games of the Finals

  • LB

    Knowing Robert Sarver’s history, Sarver probably wouldn’t have forked over the cash to re-sign Amare, and Kerr probably didn’t want to get blamed for his owner’s cheapskate tendencies. It’s a shame too, because Kerr did a really good job, considering the constraints of his situation. He drafted well, even though the Suns never sucked enough to get lottery picks (drafting Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic), making shrewd trades (acquiring Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and Channing Frye) and signing under the radar free agents like Grant Hill. Kerr really ran his team like a well run small market team, with shrewd under-the-radar moves that fit well with ihs superstars and turned his team into contenders.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^^Interesting.^^^

  • JohnnyCumL8lee

    “shrewd under the radar moves”?? How about all the previous years in PHX. Shaq? D’Antoni? Porter? He presided over the Suns dismantling over the last few years. They lost their identity as a team and GOT LUCKY with an abnormally productive and old (37 yr old?) Grant Hill starting for them at SF. But serious, how much further can you go (in the future) with Nash and Grant Hill as your main guys assuming Amare splits? Good job by Gentry, Nash, Amare and Hill. Post-Kerr Suns will be fine.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Count me in as a member of the “not shocked” camp.

  • MikeC.

    @Tzvi – I don’t follow the Suns very closely. Has this been brewing for awhile?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    He’s leaving at the right time. They made it further this year than people expected and with Amare potentially on his way out and an aged Hill it will be interesting to see how fast they replace him and with whom. This may be the break that Chuck has been hoping for.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I don’t see Barkley being a good GM. Sorry, I just don’t see it. For one, I think he’s a “turrible” evaluator of talent. I could be wrong though.

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    We need Chuck to stay on TNT. Kerr is smart to not even fight this. Who else is ready for the Lopez/Dragic/Amundson era…

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    Nash will be player GM.

  • don

    i like the idea of nash as player-GM.

    no chuck. please.

    barkley hates the suns. i think.

  • albie1kenobi

    Loved him as a commentator, excited to have him back. Can TNT force areggie out now?

  • rashado

    i’d say he did a pretty good job. two major mistakes:
    1) shaq
    2) terry porter as coach replacement of d’antoni

    but he also made some good moves, which IMO redeemed him

    jason richardson, jared dudley, robin lopez, amundson, dragic, frye, keep stoudemire. i’d say he comes out slightly ahead by getting a group of young talent together with a nice blend of veterans to keep them stabilized. sure nash is getting old and amare may split but kerr can’t be blamed for things out of his control.

  • shone jones

    Robert Sarver is stingy, Not shocked at all.

    Dude just doesn’t like winning.

  • JohnnyCumL8lee

    Kerr got rid of Marion when the Suns were HOTTT. EPIC FAIL

  • http://www.lakers.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Repeat of WCf??? thats just funny. that’s a repeat?? HA!

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    We are all ready mr.barkley here is your opprtunity.

  • The Philosopher

    They will put Vandeweghe in there before Barkley, in my opinion.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I really dont know how to take this just ye. I’ll let you know when I see who’s the Sun starting PF.

  • LD

    Please be Mark Jackson’s replacement on ABC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Please be Stan Van Gundy’s replacement on ABC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Opps, I mean Jeff Van Gundy

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    TNT guys, TNT. Not ABC, TNT. I love Kerr as an announcer, so he and Marv behind the mic is something I can get excited for. He seemed to be heading in the right direction with the Suns though, so him leaving surprised me. Especially since he stated that he wanted to stay a couple of weeks ago. Then again, I’ve been following the L long enough to know that what people say one day, can be totally different what they say the next day.

  • http://www.donsforum.com Donaldo

    And good riddance to Kerr, political hack, PC nobody… News flash Kerr: the Arizona law isn’t racist; it is supported by Hispanic Americans, and I’m one of them! 92% of America does not want us going any further towards the 3rd world you dumb dumb. That means tight border security and enforcing immigration laws – even if the feds won’t do it. Now go! Goodbye!! Get Lost!!!

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