The One Trick Pony ………….. They Will Never Contend For An NBA Title …………Phoenix Suns Come On Down Your Time Is Up ……….
Isn’t it strange you support a team and they’re expected to contend. Year in year out during the regular season, the Phoenix Suns play at a heightened level but in the end they just continue to disappoint. And it certainly hasn’t helped that Suns’ GM, Steve Kerr continues to concoct a team along the lines of a mad scientist. I look at him and then I see the Gene Wilder character ‘Dr Victor Frankenstein’ from the Mel Brooks’ comedy classic ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974).
The situation now surrounding the Suns hasn’t been helped by the cluelessness shown by the team’s owner, Robert Sarver. He’s been pretty much asleep at the wheel, as the team has failed to fulfill their promise . From the ‘failed Shaquille O’Neal experiment’ to the very fact that the players on the team simply don’t believe that there’s a need to play defense. There’s no denying that on the offensive side of the ball they’re amongst the highest scoring teams in the NBA, statistically. But when it comes to defense then this team takes something of a front seat when it comes to this sole statistic. Now with the team coach, Alvin Gentry, you have someone who is very good when it comes to the X’s and O’s but as ‘a motivator’ and ‘a coach’ who’s able to get things done. He’s not the right candidate to meet the demands of the task needed to put this team over the top ! .
Courtesy of and Yahoo Sports
By Adrian Wojnarowski , Yahoo Sports
After recent discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent that didn’t appear to destine a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have increased their efforts to trade the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.
League executives say the Suns have become more active initiating talks over the past few days, and believe the franchise will take the best offer for Stoudemire before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons are among multiple teams that have a strong interest in Stoudemire, sources say. The Arizona Republic reported Sunday night that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have also inquired about Stoudemire.
Suns general manager Steve Kerr met with Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday, and league sources say there was little sense an agreement could be reached before the trade deadline. With Stoudemire able to opt out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract, the Suns don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency this summer.
As they did when shopping Stoudemire last season, the Suns want a combination of young talent, salary-cap relief and draft picks for him. Some teams are hesitant to trade for Stoudemire for fear he won’t want to re-sign with them this summer. The Minnesota Timberwolves lead that group of teams, sources say. The Wolves are mostly eyeing small forwards, including the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay, the Bulls’ Luol Deng and the Washington Wizards’ Caron Butler . No one is untouchable on the Wolves roster, sources say.
With Stoudemire having undergone knee and eye surgeries in recent years, there are differing perspectives on his market value. Nevertheless, Stoudemire has made a strong comeback from eye surgery this season – averaging 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds – and impressed rival executives and scouts. Stoudemire has been inclined to use Pau Gasol’s(notes) three-year, $57 million contract extension as a parameter for negotiations, and more than one league executive believes that circumstances will result in Stoudemire getting richly rewarded this summer.
If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade don’t leave Cleveland and Miami this summer, teams like Chicago, New York and New Jersey may be apt to turn to Stoudemire as an alternative. After James and Wade, Stoudemire is part of a second tier of free-agent stars with Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson.
“Someone will pay him the max – or very close,” one Western Conference executive predicted.
As it stands now, it appears unlikely that will be the Phoenix Suns.
In the Western Conference the team has to contend with ‘the very best’ of ‘the best’, in terms of ‘the cream’ of the NBA rosters. And then within their own division of the Pacific Division , they have to contend with the reigning NBA champions in the Los Angeles Lakers , as well as a somewhat resurgent Los Angeles Clippers . And clearly if the Suns are to contend within the conference and their division they’re going to have a play a form of basketball that will be demanding and at a consistently high level. Anything short of that and the team and organization will have failed to live up to their perceived expectations for the season. Granted , on the roster they have a perennial All Star and future ‘Hall of Famer’ in Steve Nash. And with Grant Hill now playing solidly and very much in the mold that we once expected of him, from his early years with the Detroit Pistons. One could surmise that the Suns would be a formidable challenge for any team in the NBA. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their 26-19 mark within the conference at present, would only garner them the seventh seed within the Western Conference. Closely followed behind the Suns are the Houston Rockets with a 24-19 record. And it clearly has to be of great concern for Alvin Gentry and his team. Any further slippage in the standings and we could just see the Suns missing the playoffs altogether. But would also be predicated on the form of the teams just below them as well as those above them in the standings.
With the NBA trade deadline looming large, a number of teams around the league are either positioning themselves to make a big splash or the customary salary dump , in order to prepare for next year. And if the rumors are to be believed then the Phoenix Suns are prepared to listen trade offers for their power forward and center , Amar’e Stoudemire. As to the reasons why the team now envisage it a need to trade away the player is open to a great deal of conjecture and speculation at this juncture. Obviously if Stoudemire were to come to the market then there would be a number of teams around the league eager to pursue a deal for the player. Especially those with the ambition of making a run at a playoff berth and who are within shouting distance of such a spot. Amongst the teams said to be interested in the player are the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls. The player is due to earn $17.9 million for the 2009-10 season and he will be able to opt out of the last year of his contract. It may well be that the Suns’ hierarchy now sees that is in their best interests to see what they can get for the player via trade, rather than seeing him go elsewhere having no wish to remain with the team or sign a long term contract with them.
A loss of this magnitude could very well set the organization back a number of years. But it may well be that Kerr and Robert Sarver view it that another change in course is needed and that they ought to be building for the future. They have an aging veteran in Steve Nash, who’s about to complete his ‘fourteenth year’ in the NBA. Never mind the fact that Grant Hill can’t continue to just show the fans rare glimpses of brilliance. That in ofitself won’t be enough to ward off any hatred that the fans may well now see as a betrayal if Amar’e Stoudemire r were to be traded away at this juncture. It creates the perception to the fans that Gentry , Kerr and Sarver are essentially giving up on being competitive for the remainder of the season. Granted, if they can get obtain the right mix of lottery picks and young talent from a trade of Stoudemire. Then this may well go some way dispelling those unfounded fears. But Steve Kerr’s track record in recent years, I for one feel that he’s now facing an uphill battle in dispelling those perceived fears of the fans ! It’s not as if he’d been completely upfront as to the reasons why the O’Neal experiment failed. What with that and the firing of Gentry’s predecessor , Mike D’Antoni , it has essentially given the perception that the organization has no idea as to where it it is going and nor have they a formula as to how to get to where they want to be.
Now all that remains to be seen is whether or not the Phoenix Suns pursue the trade of their All Star as they look to compensated equitably. Or will they look to see if they can persuade Stoudemire to remain with the team and make one last onslaught at winning an NBA championship ? From where I stand, that horse bolted from the stable a long time ago. Neither Steve Kerr or Robert Sarver for that matter, bothered to look and see that this particular ‘one trick pony’ as in the Phoenix Suns had in essence become an old nag on its very last legs. This team has absolutely no chance of winning an NBA championship ! At best, all they’ll be able to do is to put up a commendable effort in the postseason before the inevitable seems to happen. And that’s for them for them to get blown out of the building much like when a sandstorm hits a barren desert landscape and just raises everything in its path. That is in essence is what the Phoenix Suns has now become !
Billionaire mogul and business entrepreneur , Robert Sarver seen here at a business symposium
NBA Western Conference Standings Click the link provided to see the standing in its entirety.
1 Los Angeles Lakers (33-11)
2 Denver Nuggets (29-14)
3 Dallas Mavericks (29-15)
4 Portland Trailblazers (27-18)
5 San Antonio Spurs (25-17)
6 Utah Jazz (25-18)
7 Phoenix Suns (26-19)
8 Houston Rockets (24-19)
Click here to view the Phoenix Suns’ roster.
Can we say that Victor Frankenstein and Steve Kerr do indeed have something in common ? Allegedly brilliant minds both but they either tend to surround themselves with incompetency or they just tend to have a knack for performing incompetently themselves ?