Looking back on Lance Blanks and his role as general manager of the Phoenix Suns, let the record show that there’s no reason to think that all of the below quotes are all that ridiculous. Some are simply coming from a guy with a high-pressure job who wants to win. With help from Michael Schwartz’s fine record-keeping, I’ve compiled a short-list of all the best quotes throughout Lance Blanks’ time as the Phoenix Suns’ general manager and attempted to rank them.
No. 7: Before this season
“Anytime that I’m involved with an organization as intimately as I am with this one, if we’re not playing in the spring, deep into the spring, it’s utter depression for me. I think we have enough talent for it, but I also think it’s going to need to come together. The guys are going to need to learn to trust each other. … We’ll have to do it fairly quickly in order to be successful. I think when you look at rosters and support in organizations, we should more than be in that conversation late in the season.
“Absolutely. That’s absolutely a realistic goal.”
No. 6: During the summer of 2012, before the draft
“The commitment is to every single day take this thing to a level where very few teams go, and that’s to ultimately raise a banner and have you guys scrutinizing us even more.”
No. 5: To open’s introductory press conference
“I’m as excited as I’ve ever been in my whole career to welcome this young man into our organization. This is just extremely exciting for me as I know it is many others in the organization. I honestly feel this way, he is a wonderful, wonderful young man. I feel fortunate to be sitting next to him.”
No. 4: After acquiringfor
“There aren’t many players you can get like this in any situation.
“We have improved our chances in the short term and possibly maybe even the long term.”
No. 3: After the 2010 offseason acquisitions of, , and and the re-signing of (none of which Blanks was responsible for)
“A lot of the heavy lifting has been done. They look like solid moves to me.”
No. 2: Upon being introduced as the team’s GM
“With that introduction, I don’t know how it could go anymore positive, so it’s probably downhill from here.”
Editor’s Note: This came after PBO Lon Babby said, “We wanted what I describe as a basketball genius, and if any of you have ever wondered what a basketball genius looks like, here he is.”
No. 1: On’s ability as a shooter
“I think if you take out games — don’t laugh — he’s one of the best shooters in the world.”