2008-09 Is over For the Phoenix Suns, Where Did They Go Wrong?

Avi ScherContributor IIApril 9, 2009

CLEVELAND - JUNE 02:  TNT NBA analyst and newly named General manager of the Phoenix Suns Steve Kerr calls the game for TNT between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2007 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When Steve Kerr came to Phoenix in 2008, he talked about how the team has to play better defense if they want to take a championship, and that they need to be more like the Spurs to do so.


Kerr’s first move for “improving” the defense was to trade the Suns' best defender, a guy that could guard any player from PG to C, for a 14-year veteran that, in all his years, was not known for his defense. I am, of course, talking about the Shawn Marion-Shaquille O’Neal trade.


The second move Kerr made was hiring Terry Porter as the Suns head coach, a man who had only coached two years as a head coach, and was fired after his second season.


What I have been asking myself is; why would you bring a coach like Porter to coach a team that has a two-time MVP (Nash), a four-time champion (Shaq), a veteran All-Star (Hill), and another All-Star player (Stoudemire).


Why wouldn’t you bring a coach with experience? A coach that can handle a roster like the Suns had this year.


The only answer I came up with was the Spurs link. Kerr and Porter both played for the Spurs and admire Coach Gregg Popovich, so with Kerr wanting the Suns to look more like the Spurs, Porter was his man.


If you have followed the Suns players throughout their careers, you will know that there is no chance they can play that style, so why would you even try?


In one game this season, when the Spurs visited Phoenix, Porter had Nash hack Bowen. Phoenix hacking San Antonio. The Phoenix that has been complaining about the hacking, suddenly became the hackers.


I remember feeling bad the next day as a Phoenix Suns fan.


The third move Kerr made was again a “defensive” move, trading the Suns second and third best defenders (Bell & Diew) after Marion, for another offensive player (Richardson).


Now you know the defense was not improving and the offense had got worse, you know that you had to get some D, so why did you trade Bell and Diew?

As we all know and can see, Steve Kerr has not been doing a good job for the Suns and we have no idea what is planned for this summer.


There is no doubt that a lot needs to be done because the Suns are at a crossroads; they can ether get back on track and be a playoff team or keep falling and be a draft pick team…wait, we don’t have any draft picks. Hmm, what should we do?


Of course, Robert Sarver is not clean from all of this. Yes we all know that Kerr and Sarver are friends, but in this case business is business. If you want the fans to keep paying to watch the games and you want to make some extra money from the playoffs, you need a team that can make them.


I just want to say again, I don’t see the problem with running and gunning and playing defense.


Now that you have bench players that are playing tough and giving good minutes (Dudley, Amundson, Lopez), start thinking about the starting five and how to add some D to the run and gun.