Porter to be fired?


Has Porter coached his last Suns game?

Has Porter coached his last Suns game?

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.

  • Kenny

    The way I see it… wait I don’t see it. I have no idea what this team needs to do in order to get back on track. All I know is that I hope whatever happens, works. My only fear is that whatever happens sends us into a tailspin face first into the ground.

  • Kenny

    All of this had me reminiscing about the ‘old’ days. Then I read this excerpt from David Thorpe posted on Truehoop.

    “We used to talk about Shawn Marion, in his Phoenix days, as an MVP candidate.
    History, I think, is starting to write the story of how special that Phoenix franchise was. That was something so amazing.

    Besides winning, the first agenda of any coach is creating systems to help players reach their potential.

    And in what I do, every player tells me they are motivated not by money, but by the urge to be as good as they can possibly be.

    But it’s not up to me, or some assistant, to get the most out of a player. It’s really largely a factor of the head coach, and the system they choose to execute. And it’s beginning to be clear that the job Mike D’Antoni did in Phoenix was at a Hall-of-Fame level. Steve Nash was an MVP. Amare Stoudemire one of the best big men in the league. Shawn Marion having amazing years.

    That guy created something pretty special, and that’s gone now. Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion … I don’t think anyone of them is going to see that level of basketball again, unless they luck into another similar situation somehow.

    It’s a little bit of a tragedy, like from Broadway: The Sinking Suns. It’s really sad.

    I know they’re trying to rebuild that in New York. And maybe it will be better. But it won’t be the same.

    I remember one night when I was brand new at ESPN, and I was trying to watch as many games as possible. I was watching Phoenix vs. whoever. There was no one on either team that I knew, and I had no real reason to be invested in that game. But I just had to admit that it was the most fun I had had watching basketball in a long, long time.

    They were just so selfless with the ball. The only person who would probe with the dribble was Nash, and he’d only do it to find better angles for his teammates. And they cared about each other on defense, while still managing not to foul, which is what Mike wanted. Keep the game moving!”

  • http://morgamic.com/ Mike

    Could have just linked the article, dude.

  • Kenny

    Apparently the suns are calling up Sims again. I wish I could see a little bit of him in a game or two. That would be nice to see what all the hubub is about bub.