And we all thought this weekend would just be about good old-fashioned basketball and fun?
Nope, Peter Vecsey of the New York Post stoked the Suns are going to fire Porter rumors by, well, writing in Friday’s column that the Suns will fire Porter, who would be replaced by general manager Steve Kerr.
In a text message to KTAR, Kerr wrote that rumor is “totally false.”
It’s hard to know what to believe, but if I learned anything covering UA basketball for two years, it’s that where there’s smoke there’s often fire. (And hey, at least the title of Vecsey’s column acknowledges this is the Valley of the Suns.)
From what I’ve heard, nothing would happen until Monday, but Monday could be a very, very interesting day for head coaching moves and trades involving 26-year-old franchise players in Phoenix.
Or it could be just a regular Monday.
The Kerr taking over rumor is intriguing because he was long thought to be a top candidate to take over as Lute Olson’s successor at Arizona back in the days before Kerr became the Suns’ GM and Olson’s retirement became a reality.
His NBA experience, basketball IQ, love and knowledge of the program and ability to get along with pretty much everyone (except Suns fans of late) for recruiting purposes made him a logical choice.
During the summer of 2006 I covered Kerr for the Tucson Citizen as he played in a charity All-Star Game in the Tucson Summer Pro League. At the time he was a TNT broadcaster, Suns consultant and Yahoo! Sports columnist, but he said he did not want to take on a bigger role.
“Being a college coach and an NBA coach, it really consumes you and takes you away from your life and becomes your life,” Kerr said 2.5 years ago. “I don’t want that yet. I think I might … one day, but not as long as I can be at home raising my kids.”
Apparently that “one day” was only one year later when he took over as Suns GM.
We see how Minnesota has responded favorable to Kevin McHale, so if this does happen I wouldn’t be surprised if Kerr finds similar success.
If he opens things up and gains the respect of the locker room, I think he’d actually do quite well here as coach.
But for now nothing is official. Stay tuned.