Robert Sarver continues to take heat, Amare Stoudemire's rant

Suns managing partner Robert Sarver has taken relentless heat from the Phoenix fan base since buying the team from Jerry Colangelo in the spring of 2004.

He’s been criticized for making cost-cutting personnel moves that have played a big part in the Suns’ decline from a Western Conference powerhouse to a fringe playoff team. As the NBA lockout drags on, Sarver’s reputation is worsening by the day, this time on a league-wide level.

Over the last few months multiple reports, including this story from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, have pointed to Sarver as one of the most frugal members of the owners contingent. But none of that criticism was nearly as bad as what Yahoo! Sports NBA writer and lockout specialist Adrian Wojnarowski had to say about Sarver on Chuck and Vince Live on Wednesday morning:

“I think Sarver’s been the most difficult. He has been really the last couple years in this. I quoted an owner, an ownership source, the other day in a story that he talks so much and says so many outlandish things in these meetings, people tune him out. You know him in Phoenix. He can erode his credibility by just opening his mouth very often. While he is the hardest line of the hard-liners, he is not going to dictate where this goes. He led the charge on wanting the hard cap, on wanting to get rid of the mid-level exception, but at the end of the day, he is not a powerful voice in that room. He’s one of the last owners in. He’s probably one of the least wealthy owners. And he’s probably one of the owners who really have to honest look at whether he should really own an NBA team. Does he have the wealth to really do it and do it right . . . I do think guys like Sarver are willing to lose the whole season.”

Amare Stoudemire’s rant

The Basketball Jones shared a short video clip of former Phoenix Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire ranting and raving at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. In this seemingly intoxicated rant (see the eyes), STAT touches on everything from his hometown of Polk County to Jay Z and Kayne West’s new album Watch the Throne. This is a must watch:

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  • Suns Critic

    Not surprised Sarver has taken that stance, he’s no dummy.. its been stated on here numerous times as well… it would be a good thing for the Suns if there isnt a season. Everything Sarver is battling for will benefit the Suns in the long run.

  • Dre

    Trading Marion in 08 for Shaq was a terrible move that deserves ridicule and ire from any Suns fans for the rest of time. It would be like if the 08 Celtics had decided to trade Paul Pierce for Robert Horry because he had more playoff experience.

  • Steve

    I would have rather had Shaq than Marion, to be honest. I’m a firm believer that the Suns were never going to win it all with the SSOL offense. Shaq represented a major change in the organization’s focus and direction. It didn’t work out, but at least it pointed to something I think is very important; the Suns want to win it all, and they will do what they think is necessary to make that happen.

    Now, it probably wasn’t the best move in many regards, but let’s not forget that Shaq was an All-Star and probably the second or third best center in the league when he was here, and even after getting rid of Marion, we were back in the WCF within two years.

    The Shaq move didn’t accomplish its ultimate goal, but I am actually glad we did it. We took on the most expensive player in the league (which should have bucked the idea that Sarver is cheap), and we changed our strategy when we realized it was fatally flawed (which is better than keeping the fatal flaw, in my opinion).

  • Mel.

    Let’s not fool ourselves into blaming Sarver for the Shaqsperiment; the only way to do that is to believe that Robbo’s a woefully out-of-touch penny-pincher who somehow (and contradictorily) manages to overspend on bad ideas, motivated a need to try and shake the club into a new mold in the post-SSOL era.

    It’s one or the other; and in this case, it’s Steve Kerr. The rallying cry in the Valley was that the Suns would never win without learning to play D or anchoring the line with a marquee 5: the Shaq move was intended to solve both problems, but was executed in such half-a$$ed fashion that it face-planted two steps out of the gate. Hiring Porter was a tragic error in judgment, but suggesting that Sarver was behind it is giving him WAY too much credit, as an involved owner.

    By his own admission, he needs guys like Gentry and Babby to run the store; I don’t buy that this was EVER different, and certainly not during the Shaquisition.