1. What needs/can be done to start controlling the Suns technical foul problem?
Gerald Bourguet: This team needs a little veteran leadership. When your locker room leader (P.J. Tucker) is one of the guys constantly getting T’d up, something needs to change. I’m looking for Jeff Hornacek to step up and set the tone. The Morris twins have built a bad reputation and the Suns spend far too much time arguing missed calls. When technicals start losing you games, it’s time for someone to take charge and start holding people accountable. As the head coach of such a young team, that person needs to be Hornacek.
Scott Chasen: It’s a simple fix, but players need to hold each other accountable. Someone needs to step up and take on the Channing Frye-veteran role, making sure everyone knows that it’s completely unacceptable to do the type of things that some of the players have… especially in close games in the fourth quarter. If the problem keeps going after that, Hornacek just has to start benching players for an entire game because of it, which is something that the team can’t really afford right now.
Spencer Hann: A change that likely won’t occur immediately. The players need time to mature and grow as composed NBA players. That will come with the more games the Suns play. It also doesn’t help that Phoenix is leading the league in technical fouls, giving them a reputation with the refs that likely is too late to repair this season.
Gavin Schall:: Jeff Hornacek can ask nicely that everyone just be cool? I don’t know, does anyone else think it’s kind of ridiculous that this is even an issue? Phoenix has enough problems winning close games without giving away free points. That being said, I’m not sure if anything can be done, at some point they’ll lose a game directly because of a technical and hopefully that’ll force them to grow up.
Mark Harris: If the problem becomes any worse, then Hornacek should just bench the main offender. This is becoming a dangerous trend for a young team that is still learning how to win consistently, and having free points given up could easily cost the Suns a few games. Usually benching a player sends a message to them and they learn how to behave.
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