Orlando Magic 98, Phoenix Suns 90 — Seven in a row

Posted by on December 10th, 12:32 am

PHOENIX — Well, at least they aren’t the Cardinals.

On a day the Valley’s football team suffered its worst defeat in franchise history (and that’s quite an ignominious history), the Suns weren’t that bad but it felt that way nonetheless after their seventh straight loss, 98-90 to the Magic.

The Suns played well in spurts but with Goran Dragic missing the game with the flu, they were inconsistent far too often to pull out a win against a mediocre Orlando squad winding down a long road trip.

Needless to say, head coach Alvin Gentry was infuriated by the result.

“It’s a real frustrating loss and a real disappointing loss,” he said. “You know, we are playing spot basketball. We play good for two minutes, then we’re bad for five, then we play good for seven and we’re bad for three, and you just can’t have any consistency and you just can’t win any basketball games in this league when you play that way.

“We are not doing a very good job of making basketball plays, cuts and shot selection and things like that, we’re just not playing very good. I know we shot 46 percent, which is not horrendous, but we’re just not making the plays we need to make to win basketball games, and we’ve got to get better at it.

“We’ve just got to do a much better job of playing better basketball. That’s it. It’s not anything complicated, we’ve just got to play better, we’ve got to be able to rebound the ball better, we’ve got to be able to make better basketball decisions, and we’ve got to stop turning the damn ball over.”

With Dragic and P.J. Tucker (knee) out, Gentry had to mix and match his rotation and the bench unit he tossed out there just didn’t work.  The Suns started the second quarter up three but trailed by five by the time most of the reserves had departed, an advantage the Magic took into halftime.

The starters proceeded to pummel Orlando with a 19-4 run early in the third quarter to take the lead back, yet the Suns trailed by five by the time they brought most of their starters back with 8:45 left in the contest.

Gentry vehemently refused to blame the loss on being shorthanded — noting that the Magic were missing players as well and the Suns just didn’t get the job done — but I will do it anyway.

Although Bassy gave the Suns all he had and did a nice job facilitating with eight assists, he made just 1-of-7 shots and hardly made the Magic respect him as a scoring threat. Combine that with the fact that Tucker has been such a vital cog in the Suns’ usually productive bench unit, and it’s not hard to come to that conclusion.

“He was sick, and other guys have to step up,” Jared Dudley said of Dragic. “We definitely missed him out there, but we still had a great opportunity to win this game, and that’s kind of been the theme, off and on through this losing streak.”

Of course, it would be a gross oversimplification to blame this all on missing players. The Suns were playing a talent-starved Magic squad that had won just three of 10 away from the Magic Kingdom and had just dropped a game to the anemic Sacramento Kings.

Yet the Magic pounded the Suns on the glass by a margin of 44-29. The Suns pulled in five offensive rebounds the entire game, and three different Magic players recorded more boards than the Suns’ high rebounder (Gortat with six).

J.J. Redick exploded for 17 of his 20 points in the first half, and he added nine assists to boot. He went on a personal 7-0 run with a trey and then a four-point play before later being fouled by Wes Johnson on a three again. Johnson did not return after playing just 4:10 once he fouled Redick on both those long balls.

Rookie Andrew Nicholson also chipped in with the game of his life with a career-high 19 points and nine boards on 9-for-11 shooting as Luis Scola had a tough time handling him.

The Suns got five players in double digits, led by Shannon Brown’s 17 on 16 shots, but it was not enough as too many lapses led to the Orlando victory.

“It looks like at times we’re moving in the right direction, and we do something like this and we go back to square one and then we start playing better and then something like this happens again,” Scola said. “It’s been like that the whole season, our record’s pretty, pretty bad. Teams are running away from us.

“We’re not even playing all the playoffs teams. We’re losing games to other teams with a losing record. This is just not working. We’ve got to find a way to change things around or it’s going to be a long year.”

Scola is absolutely right on that last count. It would be no surprise for the Suns to lose seven in a row to superior Western Conference teams, but they have now lost to the Pistons, Raptors, Mavericks without Dirk and Magic during this stretch, teams with a combined record of 25-54 (.317) when taking out their wins over Phoenix.

What is going to happen when the schedule stiffens and they play some of these Western Conference powers?

The Suns had not lost seven in a row since dropping eight straight from Feb. 4-22, 2004, in the last year before Nash. Only the Mavs and Spurs have avoided a seven-game losing streak during the eight seasons of the Nash era as well, and only those two teams plus the Nuggets and Rockets have avoided eight-gamers since 2004-05.

Gentry was beyond frustrated about this development, sounding like an angry parent with his voice raising in intensity when he said, “We’ve got to be able to step up our defense and be able to come up with stops, and not have guys just lay the ball in the basket in the lane when we’re trying to make a comeback time after time after time. It doesn’t work out.”

Gortat, for once, did not have much to say, adding that the Suns are “not playing tough enough” but not much else. You know things are bad when the Polish Journalist’s Best Friend has run out of things to say.

The Suns are now eight games below .500 a little more than a quarter of the way through the season. They have lost home games and road games to squads good and bad. They have altered their rotations and tried to move the ball better.

Gentry will have his work cut out for him figuring out what to do next, starting with Monday’s practice on a day that was originally scheduled for the team to be off, but at some point management must come to the realization that the Suns just do not possess enough talent to legitimately compete for a playoff spot.

“Every game we’re finding different ways to lose, and that just tells you we’re a young team,” Dudley said. “For us we’ve just got to find our identity, keep our substitution patterns and you’ve got to build on it. We’ve got to just be confident and play together.”

And 1

  • In answering a question about Bassy, Gentry said, “I know that he gives he everything that he can. We’ve got to have 12 guys that are doing that, not four or five.” Who do you think those four or five players are?
  • More Gentry: “We will force the ball to move from side to side. We’ve just got to do a better job. When we pass the ball more than three times, we’re a very good team. We shoot in the mid-50s. When we pass one or two times, we shoot 33 percent. We’re not an iso team, we’re not a hold it team, we’ve got to move the basketball. So we’ve got to get the ball moving.” I wonder how far off we are from the Suns instituting youth basketball-style rules whereby they need to make a certain number of passes before taking a shot. All joking aside, nice to see Gentry knows this is most certainly not an iso team.
  • Michael Beasley once again didn’t do much by scoring just three points in 15 minutes, during which time the Suns were outscored by 17. So much for the injection of talent from a former No. 2 and No. 4 pick in the draft.

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SHAZAM // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    the polish hermaphrodite sure played to impress his former team…girltot scored a big 12 points and hauled in a huge 6 boards…..in this years finals the suns will lose 4-2 to the incubator ward at st. joes hospital

  • 2 KDM // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:06 am

    @SHAZAM
    12 points on 6 of 8 shooting, 2 BS,2 AST, 1 TO 30min is solid.

  • 3 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Gotta be tough being Mr. ORNG

  • 4 m.i.milliman // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Beasley, Gortat, Dudley and Wes. These guys just totally disappear to often.

    The TWolves, Clippers, Worriers, Nets, etc. are all traditionally poorly run franchises. They are all killing it this year. None of them thought picking up Beasley and Wes was a good idea. Going after and taking flyers on players in the offseason just because they were high draft picks is such a lazy, bush league move. It’s called history people. Learn from it. It’s maddening to watch as these highly paid executives, off of our money no less, make some of the stupidest moves. And I have no understanding of how they approach a draft. None. I feel for Gentry. Look at what he’s been given. If these guys stay in the front office, the Suns are going to become one of those traditionally poorly run teams. Is already started.

  • 5 SHAZAM // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:53 am

    not as solid as his former self…the double double…he owes more than just “solid” against former team at home and the way he has been playing lately…the polish hermaphrodite must grow a pair and develop an adams apple quick or we wont be able to get anything for him when we trade his cry baby ass later this month

  • 6 TucsonSunsFan // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:58 am

    It is pretty sad when a guy who was the 2nd overall pick gets demoted to the bench and someone who was a 2nd round pick (Tucker) is more vital to the team and missed more than the 2nd overall pick would ever be. I’m glad the Suns got Beasley relatively cheap so I’m not throwing the towel in yet on him. However, if his production doesn’t increase by the end of the season I say trade him. I would love for everyone to be healthy and for Gentry to find the rotation that actually works. I hope Marshall is getting good minutes in the D-League and develops nicely so he can take over for Bassy by the end of the season.

  • 7 hawki // Dec 10, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Suns are now tied for 5th with Detroit in the Draft Lottery race.
    Only New Orleans (5-14) has a worse record in the West.
    Wizards have a headlock on the 1st pick with a 2-15 record & John Wall’s return is still up in the air.
    Cavs & Raptors are tied at 4-17 but have played 12 & 13 road games respectively & both (especially the Raptors) should improve.
    Suns have a legitimate shot at a top 3 pick this year.

  • 8 hawki // Dec 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Correction….Cavs & Raptors have played 13 & 14 road games respectively.

  • 9 Sillmarillion // Dec 10, 2012 at 2:47 am

    In the first quarter everything seemed fine; Gortat had 8 points, 3 boards, a block and an assist. Suns were winning.
    In the third quarter they didn’t design any plays for Gortat anymore. Let’s Telfair shoot instead. I mean, where is the logic in this shit? It is so obvious: once Gortat gets rolling the whole team benefits from it. Why does Gentry lead the team in this manner? I’m not surprised that Gortat lost his motivation. I would be the same in his situation. He was the best scorer last season and is getting ignored now.
    Another problem: we have no bench. Scola was the only good guy coming from the bench yesterday.

  • 10 bill.thomas // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I’m dumping all my UPS stock now. Not waiting till next June. Sure, tax rates and structure could be different then, but losses will be exponentially greater by then. SELL UPS !!

  • 11 melon man // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Gortat didnt get even one offensive board. While defensive boards are nice, getting them is what is supposed to happen. Saying he pulled down 6 boards is like saying I showed up to work on time; it’s what Im supposed to do and it’s expected. If Gortat doesnt want to play hard because our team sucks then fine but he’s setting himself up for a weak contract.

    I hope someone takes some of this dead weight off our hands and the FO better have a trade made on day 1. To think that we have an entire team of bench players is sad. Way to go Lance “2ppg” Blanks, you clearly have great basketball vision. Not.

  • 12 SHAZAM // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:27 am

    that was my point melon man 6 defensive boards big deal and for others to say they would feel like girltot on this team too….well i doubt it….6 million plus a year…boo hoo a hoo hoo hoo

  • 13 bill.thomas // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Why did Wes foul JJ shooting a 3??? I’m 30 years older than Wes but could close on JJ almost as fast and try to distract him without fouling him. HINT TO WES: Your playing for a contract !!

  • 14 Luka // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

    The Suns have quit on Gentry. All the line-up changes in the world won’t help. Gortat needs to be traded immediately. He’s done nothing but complained, and he’s incapable of leading by example. Beasley shouldn’t be playing at all in my opinion. The only time the Suns have looked halfway decent is when Tucker, and the bench unit with Dragic have played together.

    This roster is full of draft busts, and role players. Instead of paying the big bucks to get a star player, Sarver will settle on crap. Sarver is getting exactly what he paid for. Let’s see how Sarver responds when the losing streak hits 10, and attendance plummets to all time lows. Maybe he sells before he loses even more money.

  • 15 SHAZAM // Dec 10, 2012 at 4:05 am

    @ melon man thats my point 6 defensive boards big deal..marcin girltit is a cry baby…@sillmarillion you might get discouraged too..hell we all might but when paid over 6 million a year the polish hermaphrodite should STFU and play ball w/ effort

  • 16 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

    “I feel for Gentry. Look at what he’s been given.”

    Coaches have HEAVY input in player personnel decisions. Gentry wanted the guys he has been given. Don’t feel for a man who is just stepping in his own crap.

  • 17 suns for life // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    yeah I’m sure gentry wanted to get rid of amare nash marion barbosa joe johnson etc.

  • 18 Sillmarillion // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

    @ Shazam: If it would be like that the team with the most money would win. Usually, it’s not that simple. Players on the court don’t think about the dollars, but about winning and getting involved. Both doesn’t happen for Gortat with the Suns.

  • 19 Sillmarillion // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

    *If it was like that, sorry guys, I am not a native :/

  • 20 Luka // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    @John

    Hilarious comment… Gentry needs new shoes already.

  • 21 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

    @suns for life

    I know you’re trying to be funny, but what good would any of those players be doing the Suns right now?

    Nash – 50 minutes played
    Amar’e – 0 minutes played
    Marion – 14.6 PER, 0.088 WS48
    Johnson – 12.9 PER, 0.070 WS48
    Barbosa – 14.1 PER, 0.086 WS48

    Perhaps it wasn’t so crazy after all to get rid of those guys, especially considering the fact that those 5 players are making $58M this season.

    Five statistically-less-than-average players are making more than the Suns’ entire payroll. Yeah, are you sure you’d rather the Suns have those players than their current roster?

    And, even though you didn’t address the actual point, the head coach was involved in every meeting those players’ futures were discussed, I’m sure. So, I wouldn’t bet against Gentry/D’Antoni wanting those players gone (and good thing too. Imagine if the Suns were still paying those chumps).

  • 22 Scott // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I think the point John is trying to make is that the coach is normally consulted on new player acquisitions.

    That’s quite different from where players leave because of finances or breakdowns in contract negotiations.

  • 23 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Indeed, Scott is correct.

    I was talking about new players when I was referring to Gentry “stepping in his own crap.” This Suns roster is the way it is, in large part, because Gentry believed he could coach these players within his system. Now that we see that’s obviously not the case, I don’t feel bad for him.

  • 24 Tony // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

    @John,

    are you sure you’re not Steve in disguise? Your argument once again makes no sense. How you believe that Gentry is heavily involved in roster decisions goes beyond reason. For instance, you really believe that Gentry enjoys teaching his system over and over again each season, with so many new faces constantly rotating in and out? He hasn’t coached one Suns season where he didn’t have to re-teach the system to a majority of the players. The fact that he has to put forth effort in constantly doing that means it takes away valuable time he could be using to expand the team’s offensive and defensive sets.

    As far as calling those players “chumps,” you show yourself to be nothing but a troll and a clown. Those players did a tremendous amount for the Suns organization, and even at their ages, I bet they would have a better record than this Suns team. Moreover, you can’t infer that just because guys like Nash and Amare are/were injured elsewhere, that they would have suffered from the same injuries if they were still with the Suns. Playing for other teams versus playing for the Suns represent two totally different circumstances. You nor I nor anyone else for that matter, has any idea how those guys would have played if they were still with the Suns.

    I suppose in your fantasy world that Gentry demanded the front office get rid of Nash, Amare, and Hill, and replace them with Dtragic, Beasley, and Gortat. Just as I’m sure you also believe Gentry preferred trading Lopez for Wesley Johnson! So no, Gentry did not “step in his own crap.” To the contrary; Gentry was thrown into a pile of crap left by the Three Stooges.

    Go drink some more Sarver-koolaid, chump.

  • 25 T // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Beasley was brought here to play! When he gets decent minutes he does alright, just as he did against the Clippers. Tucker is out, so im smh @ three points in 15 minutes. Players given oppurtunity do not play 15 mins, especially coming off of a good game against a good team, with a not bad shooting percentage.
    If anyone watched this game or not even the game the highlights told me enough. JJ was running around overweight slow DUDly and roasting this guy. He doesnt drive to the basket, he cant play d, he can barely get down the court without looking gassed. We didnt sign MAYO because the suns promised him a starting spot……really! So, i dont believe this falls on any of the players, this falls on the coach. Flipping the players in and out of starting rolls, playing guys who are making JJ look like Kobe, sitting a guy who dropped 21 the night before, rarely running plays for Gortat who had a decent first half is completely on the coach. Oh and interesting note you cant replace an assist machine with a score first point guard and expect the same results. When Dragic plays he doesnt spread the ball well, nor does he look to get guys involved. He just plays which im not mad at, if he was the 2 guard. I found it interesting that one of the big things in reading about this game was that Bassy had 8 assists lol.

  • 26 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    @Tony – Even though I know it’s pointless, I’ll briefly, non-flamingly address your post, ignoring the fact that I wasn’t actually talking about Gentry’s influence on former players leaving, but rather Gentry’s influence on the current crop of players coming to town.

    Since Beasley seems to be the one getting all the blame, I’ll just point to a couple of references that point to Gentry as being instrumental in the acquisition of Michael Beasley:

    http://valleyofthesuns.com/2012/07/20/michael-beasley-and-the-phoenix-suns-accept-the-past/

    “A Phoenix committee, including Gentry, met with Beasley in Los Angeles to kick off the team’s free agent push. The $18 million, three-year contract offer came after the Suns became impressed with Beasley’s openness and self-awareness.

    ‘The thing that I admire most about him is he was so transparent in everything that he said,” Gentry added. ‘He wants to be a great basketball player, he wants to be a complete basketball player. As a coach, that gets you excited.’”

    Or how about this one to prove that Gentry thought Beasley could work in his system:

    “Michael can be a three or a four and — who knows — maybe even a two,” said head coach Alvin Gentry. “I just think that when you’ve got good players you can put them out on the floor and you can put them in a situation where they can be successful, so the versatility that Michael has is going to be great.”

    Read more: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2012/07/22/michael-beasley-better-as-player-new-era-position-less-basketball/#ixzz2Efm8xdKX

    If you don’t trust this site, the Phoenix Suns themselves (via twitter) confirmed Gentry’s attendance at the meeting with Beasley, as well as the Arizona Republic (http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PaulCoro/165584).

    I’m not going to resort to name-calling and drivel. If you want to discuss facts and prove that Gentry didn’t play a major role in the construction of the current Suns roster, I’d love to have that discussion in civility and good spirit.

  • 27 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I don’t think it’s clear what level of coaching input Suns coaches have had in personnel decisions during the Sarver era. If you’ve read the SSOL book for example, it isn’t clear whether or not D’Antoni was involved in the JJ discussions, but it is clear he and his staff had no clue who Diaw was. IIRC, they didn’t even know his proper name when the season started,let alone his best position or what he could do.

    D’Antoni also stated several times that he had wanted Hunter back, but didn’t get him. In fact he was still saying he wanted someone similar to Hunter when Kerr arrived. Kerr tried to get it done via either a KG trade or an expected top 4 pick that would likely have yielded Noah or Horford. When that didn’t happen, they instead traded KT, signed Marks, drafted Tucker and gave him DJ Strawberry for the big defensive pg he wanted. When directly asked by the media about how these trades fit what the coach wanted,Kerr joked D’Antoni wouldn’t play bigs anyway. It was a blame shifting cop out. They weren’t able to get KG or a top pick, fine. Those other moves were made for financial not coaching reasons and it showed in Marks’ pt and the need to bring in Skinner at the last minute.

    D’Antoni was out in Vegas coaching with Team USA during the infamous Kerr meeting with Marion and his agent that same summer. IMO that he wasn’t part of that meeting was the biggest reason D’Antoni was able to coach Marion to the lukewarm performance he has that year after his trade request.

    D’Antoni certainly was a part in the decision to trade him for Shaq though. Porter was clearly part of the decision to move Boris and Raja and LB would likely have been gone too if he didn’t miss so much time killing his value. By the time he was healthy, Gentry was in place.

    Alvin’s involvement with Amar’e was a mixed bag. He did state he wanted him back, but wasn’t involved in any of the talks until Kerr/Griffin resigned and Kerr publicly said that he would no longer involve himself in negotiations from there to his resignation date after the draft. Gentry was AWOL for a bit after this, but when he resurfaces he was tapped by Sarver to go out to LA for those final face to face meetings with Stat. After that it became odd though as neither Gentry nor the remaining personnel man, Todd Quinter, were the main contact for opposing gm’s. They left that to their CFO in a sign of things to come with Babby’s role. It’s not clear what role Gentry had during this time as he was quiet on some things, talkative on others. Quinter went on 12 news Sports Tonight and said that he wanted the GM job, but admitted that he wasn’t currently involved in decision making. Todd ultimately got the gas face.

    My gut tells me Alvin wasn’t heavily involved in last summer’s moves, but that is definitely unclear as this front office is far more secretive on everything compared to previous ones. Alvin very easily could have been involved, but at the same time I look at the constant barrage of articles on AZC alluding to an agenda disconnect between Alvin and Blanks/Babby and I’m skeptical. Especially since those accusations started before this mess of a season got rolling.

    I don’t know what it proves if Gentry did or didn’t have input, but it is often debated. It doesn’t make me feel bad for Gentry one way or another,just like Shaq didn’t make me feel bad for D’Antoni or Kerr. Phil Jackson lost very big personnel decisions in both CHI and LAL so I don’t think it’s out of the question that Alvin doesn’t have a ton of input here. Coaches aren’t the gm’s in most cases, and that tends to be a great thing. No matter what the level of input, the Suns presently have a dysfunctional front office and on-court product.

  • 28 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    While my comment containing a couple of links highlighting Gentry’s involvement in Beasley’s recruitment is being reviewed, I’d like to add that I’m not trying to say the coach is the be-all and end-all in player acquisitions, but rather that the coach’s input is indeed valued. I don’t think that contention can even be argued.

    To what extent a coach’s input is valued could be up for debate, but I think it was very clear that Gentry was extremely high on at least a couple of FA signings before they ever put on a PHX uniform: Beasley and Bassy. I can’t speculate about the other FA signings or trade acquisitions, but Gentry most definitely wanted those two and got them. Look how that’s turned out for him.

  • 29 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    We are lottery bound, we are the Suns
    Losing streak up to 7, this shit’s not fun
    There’s a chance we’re tanking,
    We’re saving our own lives
    Maybe we’ll be employed at the end of the day
    Just Lance and Lon

    We can’t go on, pretending day by day
    That someone, somehow will soon make a change…….

  • 30 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Is it poetry hour?

  • 31 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    @John,

    Well they did say they provide more entertainment value than just basketball. However that was just a silly play off the song We are the World, a feel good product in another era. Seemed fitting.

  • 32 john // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Aaaahhhhh, I see it now. Haha. Imagining Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and all the others singing it right now.

    Maybe if we could get USA for Africa to re-form as USA for the Suns, free agents would actually be interested in coming to the Valley. :)

  • 33 bk // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Are the Suns recalling Kendrall Marshall back from D-league when Dragic is out now?

  • 34 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I think there are rules for how long and how many times a player can be sent to the D league in a season but I’m not sure. I believe OKC just recalled Lamb, PJ3 and one other guy recently. So it could mean something that Kendall is still down there, could mean nothing. Diante’s getting a shot and certainly isn’t embarrassing himself all things considered.

    There are some articles with game links over on Bright Side about Kendall down in the D league if you’re interested. I’m certainly not in his head, but I wonder if he takes things serious enough at this point. Earlier this season, Bickely wrote in an article that Marshall wasn’t one of the guys who come in early or stay late to work on his game with the player development guys. One of the reports from the D league games basically said that he gave off the impression that he felt he didnt belong there for anything other than conditioning and seemed to be going through the motions-his numbers certainly aren’t exciting. Then I see things like some of tweets on this site joking around and I wonder if he gets it. He’s basically the 4th string pg in his rookie season beyond only borderline all-star caliber player. The front office who drafted him could be gone by the summer putting him in a precarious spot if he doesn’t improve this season or in next years summer league.

  • 35 DBreezy // Dec 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Well at least the Suns are interesting for a lottery team. Ceballos taking shots at Blanks, Sarver giving a public vote of confidence in Gentry to Chris Broussard, and a random reporter saying that a Suns source said Beasley is toxic, the team is in turmoil and major changes are coming. As the orange orb turns….

  • 36 anonymous // Dec 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Send beasley to the d league. Id eaaaaasily take mike redd over this chump. Even the white mamba!

  • 37 Scott // Dec 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    @DBreezy -

    I’m concerned about Marshall’s development as well. It doesn’t sound like he’s trying to make sure he can stay in the league. He sounds a bit too disconnected.

  • 38 Luka // Dec 11, 2012 at 3:05 am

    This front office is clueless. Babby is just a PR spinmaster for Sarver who speaks in long-winded platitudes.

    Blanks is equally inept. He claims he wanted to get the Suns better defensively, and championed bringing Beasley?

    Then there’s the so-called “draft expert” John Treloar who’s already dropped the ball twice. Is anyone here really pissed that they didn’t select Faried? Everytime I see Morris jacking up threes I cringe. I remember hearing all this nonsense about how “we couldn’t have done a better job” mumbo jumbo from Babby, and I totally knew he was selling snake oil then. This front office keeps drafting for need, and not based on sheer talent, and they keep getting burned.

    The only answer is to jettison Gortat, and Beasley in a package. Throw in Wes Johnson’s expiring contract, and a few draft picks, and the Suns could net some young talent. I still like the idea of getting Vucevic, and Afflalo in a trade. Then after tanking, the Suns could be lucky enough to land a decent PF or SF in the draft.

  • 39 john // Dec 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

    “Sarver who speaks in long-winded platitudes.”

    Fission mailed. Smh.

  • 40 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

    @Luka: I bet the Lakers would take Beasley, Brown and a little offsetting cash for Meeks, Ebanks and Clark. If there’s any hesitation, have the Lakers throw in a DUI attorney with Ebanks and we’ll thrown in a medical weed attorney with Beasley. Sound good ?

  • 41 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

    @Scot: The longer Marshall stays down there, the more focused he’ll become. There are only about 3 decent restaurants (non-chain) in Bako.

    Oh BTW it is easy to get pot there so Beasley would be cool with going there.

  • 42 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

    @John: I thought it was Babby that spoke in long-winded platitudes.

  • 43 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:32 am

    @Luka: As a matter of fact, Beasley would be much more comfortable in Bako than in PHX. People there would not take a second look at him, even in a tank-top.

    And no one there can shoot a basketball either.

  • 44 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:41 am

    @Luka: As a matter of fact, Beasley could run for political office in Bako and he would be taken as a serious candidate.

  • 45 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Did you all notice that NO changed its nickname to the “Pelicans”.

    I like the idea of changing our name to the “Phoenix Bad News Bears”.

  • 46 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

    @Marshall: Speaking of his time in Tinseltown, I can see why Management sent him down there. Anyone who is taking his own game as unseriously as he is needs to have the snot beaten out of him.

  • 47 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:31 am

    JJ Redick is an AMAZING child of GOD. He looks like BLUE SMOKE when you’ve been smoking dope until 2 hours before the film session.

  • 48 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Man I would love to be a dope supplier to our whole team. Volume business !!!!!

  • 49 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Did I say Reddick looks like Blue Smoke? Nope, I was wrong, when you smoke enough weed he looks amazingly like Michael Jordan.

  • 50 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

    In his Blackface, of course.

  • 51 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:44 am

    We turn ordinary or above-average players into Michael Jordan every day. This is NBA Alchemy!!!

    Examples: Greivez Vasquez, Amir Johnson, Jrue Holiday, Vucevic, Brandon Knight, DeRozan, Big Baby, Reddick, Andrew Nicholson, Gustavo Whatever His Name Is in Orlando, Brendan Wright, Elton Brand, Matt Barnes, and so on. No one on our team needs to have passed their High-School chemistry class. This is true ALCHEMY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 52 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I got a nice mix for Mike. We’ll meet in a parking lot.

  • 53 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:54 am

    EXCUSE ME !!

    I meant High School Equivalency (GED).

  • 54 bill.thomas // Dec 12, 2012 at 3:02 am

    BTW, they encourage urban farming in Bako (its kinda near LA, LOL).

    Mike would really find himself at home there.

    Lamar can even come to visit, LOL. I’m sure Mike will make product samples available to him. After all, he’s a Kardashian in law, ain’t he.

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