By Jude LaCava, FOX 10 News - Bio
PHOENIX -- Hard to imagine, but true. Robert Sarver, you've presided over this team since 2004, you've allowed your front office to bypass Elston Turner, who should be an NBA head coach, you bypassed Dan Majerle, who will be an NBA head coach and you overlooked Cory Gaines who can flat-out coach and you hire a man who had an impressive playing career, but hasn't coached one NBA game -- not one NBA game.
This is just one in a long series of bad decisions.
You've allowed this team to fall on the edge of irrelevance without direction -- this happened on your watch. You've taken a Suns franchise in what was once a Suns town and you've devalued your own franchise. It will take years to fix.
When I get players Tweeting me to find out who the new coach is, that's a problem.
You're probably going to fire Lon Babby at the end of this season, which means we will have gone through three top executives in the last six years.
This is a lesson on mis-management. You have little assets to trade to upgrade your team. You're dealing with draft picks that offer no guarantee.
Your only hope for the true Suns fan is to look in the mirror and reflect deeply on selling your share of the team and handing this over to a managing partner that will hire a front office that has experience and wisdom in now handling a rudderless team.
The hard work of knowledgeable, credible, smart basketball people from John McCloud to the late Cotton Fitzsimmons, to Mike D'Antoni, to Rick Welts to Alvin Gentry to Jerry Colangelo -- has been tossed aside, based on this misdirected, misguided, unclear plan.
I don't know what it is.
Bryan Colangelo out the door. Steve Kerr..I think Lon Babby at the end of this season. Mike D'Antoni, Terry Porter, Alvin Gentry -- now Lindsey Hunter, who's never coached an NBA game.
I have too much respect for the Suns history to get into specifics on the unprofessionalism I've been able to pick up -- that I'm aware of. I won't do that to the Suns logo and the Suns tradition in this town.
It wasn't that long ago -- about a year a half when you, Robert Sarver, came into Alvin Gentry's office and you mimicked me, saying "Oh LaCava..big question, what's the plan, what's the plan?"
Well, I ask you tonight Robert Sarver, what is the plan? Sure as hell wished you had one.