They say passion is the number one motivation right? Needless to say there isn’t a single general manager candidate out there right now who’s as passionate about the Suns as Sir Charles Barkley.
Charles Barkley as a player played four years for the Suns from 1992-1996 and was responsible for leading the Suns to the NBA finals in 1993 where Barkley and company fell short against Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
Upon the firing of Lance Blanks, Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby came out and made a statement making a statement that pretty much meant that Charles Barkley may not want to take on such heavy responsibilities. Here’s what Sir Charles had to say in response to Babby’s comments:
Trust me, the people who have been rowing the boat, they’ve been rowing the Titanic, just for the record. The Suns are the Titanic. So the notion that I can’t do better than them is ridiculous. The Suns stink. So whoever has been rowing the boat has just done a horrific job so let’s just get that straight and out of the way. I made it perfectly clear that I’m going to be a GM. The Suns know my number. They know that I want to be a GM. I’ve had a couple opportunities that wasn’t very good. I mean I’m not going to give up a great job unless I get what I want. I’m in the driver’s seat. I don’t need their job. I want to be a GM. But the notion that I can’t do better than what they’re doing is ridiculous.
Here’s why Barkley is the man for the job, first off he loves the Suns. Barkley claims he watches Suns games “Religiously”. Second reason would be that Barkley has a strong voice, he will say what’s on his mind and if there is something going on that’s displeasing to him, he’ll let EVERYBODY know. Call me old fashion but that’s the type of guy I’d want running my team.
“I’ve talked openly the last couple years about wanting to be a GM. I didn’t even know the suns job was going to be open so it has nothing to do with that. Listen, I know my basketball. I know my players. That’s what the job is about. The Suns have not made good draft picks. Whoever you want to blame, you could just blame all of the above because they have not made good draft picks. The two best players on the roster are Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat. I like both of those players. I like both of those players a lot. But to say the rest, the jury is still out, would be an understatement. They need somebody in there who knows what they’re doing. I’m not going to beg them for a job. I’m not going to worry about it if I don’t get the job. Listen, the people who have been running that ship, crashed and burned it. They need somebody else who actually knows what they’re doing.”
Barkley is right, literally no one could do a more pathetic job running an organization as the Suns management have done for the past few years. Will Charles Barkley be the next R.C Buford? Most likely not, but he will do a better job than what’s been done thus far.
Maybe people forget what type of player Barkley was. He was a 6’5 power forward who has a career rebounding average of 11.7. Barkley’s style of play as a player was always about desire and hard work and he will look for just that when he’s out there talent scouting. The man never gave a rats behind about the X’s and O’s nor the A’s and B’s but instead he lived by the motto “Just go get the damn ball!”
The media and many individuals are saying “Yeah, but the Suns can’t afford Barkley.” While it is true that there’s no way the Suns can match the paychecks Sir Charles gets from TNT but at this stage in his career he doesn’t care much about money. Chuck made a lot of money as a player, as an analyst, and not to mention his commercial deals.
If Lon Babby and company give Barkley the keys to the ship, here’s what he’d bring to the table:
- Unmatched desire to make the Suns a winning team again.
Of course, there is a long list of candidates for the Suns GM position but I personally believe that Charles Barkley is the man for the job. Sir Charles did wonders for the franchise when he nearly single handily put the Phoenix Suns on the map, so perhaps he can do it again. But you know what they say, I may be wrong but I doubt it…