Shannon Brown: ‘It’s Very Frustrating Sitting on the Bench’

by February 14, 2012
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Shannon Brown isn’t enjoying his time in Phoenix these days, as he has fallem out of Suns head coach Alvin Gentry’s rotation. Brown expressed his frustration to the AZ Republic: “Brown signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the thought that the opportunity to play would increase his value. Instead, Brown fell out of the rotation to make room for Michael Redd just as the Suns began playing better. ‘It’s very frustrating sitting on the bench,’ Brown said. ‘I’ve put my time in. I’ve earned my stripes. I’ve been through the fire. I know I can play this game. That’s the only thing keeping me positive. It’s not like I can’t do something. I can knock down big shots. I’ve done that. I won’t hate on nobody. I want to see the team successful. It’s just tough for me to sit on the bench, day in and day out, knowing I can help the team.’ Brown averaged a career-high 9.0 points per game in 22 games entering Monday night but was shooting 39 percent, his worst shooting since he played 21 games for two teams in 2007-08. Brown has not been out of the rotation like this since December 2008, when he did not play in nine consecutive games for Charlotte. Brown said coach Alvin Gentry has asked him to stay ready.”