It’s hard to find a bit of negative reaction to the Phoenix Suns’ decision to hire 33-year-old Ryan McDonough as the team’s general manager. After all, it’s easy to drink the Kool-Aid that any front office move would have cooked up following the Suns’ worst year since their inaugural season. But like it is when NBA teams draft players, the word potential brings hope that a youthful selection would develop into a star.
With McDonough, it’s just about talent evaluation. And that should be fine with Phoenix if he fits in with president of basketball ops Lon Babby.
“By tapping McDonough, I think (the Suns) found a guy who has a real talent in this area,” said ESPN’s Chad Ford. “I don’t think he’s going to be your traditional GM. You think of McDonough of a head scout whose title is GM. His job is to get the players on the team and to identify those guys.
“I think they made a good choice.”
Whereas Jeff Weltman would probably bring a shrug and satisfaction from Suns fans and Scott Layden would at least put the team in competent hands, the McDonough hire is about being progressive, ahead of the curve. That said, it’ll be a matter of building a strong working relationship with Babby while completely rebuilding the current roster. It’s hard to see how the latter will be done all that easily and all that quickly, but we knew that already.
McDonough will be formally introduced as the team’s GM Thursday. In the interim, it was interesting to dig for reactions — there were many good things being said about the Suns’ new GM. And by the way, Ryan isn’t the only McDonough reportedly heading to Phoenix. There is the belief that brother Terry, who was fired from the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be joining the Arizona Cardinals.
Look for Terry McDonough, fired by @jaguars on Monday, to join @azcardinals scouting staff.