Don't Trade Amare, Fire Steve Kerr

Ceena ModarresContributor IJune 30, 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)

Before Steve Kerr was hired as General Manager in the Spring of 2007, The Phoenix Suns had just won 61 games and The Pacific Division. 

The team was at the level of an NBA champion.  In fact, it could be argued that the Suns would have won it all if it wasn't for a controversial suspension to all-star Amare Stoudemire.

Since then, the Suns have completely fallen apart.  The franchise couldn't even make the playoffs this last season.

Slowly, but surely, the team has disintegrated. 

What happened? Steve Kerr damaged and destroyed a team by trading for Shaquille O'Neal in the middle of the 07'-08' season.  The fit didn't make any sense, no one could understand why a team that loved to push the ball up-court and have very quick possessions would add a center who would force the team to slow down the pace tremendously.

The team could not adapt to Shaq and ended up losing to the Spurs in the first round of the 2008 NBA playoffs.  All of a sudden, the Suns had fallen way behind.  The Hornets, Lakers, Spurs, Rockets, and Jazz were evidently better teams.  

So, after Steve Kerr realized he had made a mess of a very good team, he decided to try to clean it.  However, all he did was make a bigger mess.

He fired the best offensive coach in the NBA, Mike D'Antoni and hired Terry Porter.  Porter preferred to keep a slower pace for his teams.  It was a move to accommodate the addition of Shaq but Porter's playing style did not take advantage of offensive weapons like Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, and Leandro Barbosa.

After the team got off to a slow start and needed a shake-up so they dealt for Jason Richardson yet the struggles continued so Kerr made another move.  He fired Porter.

This most recent move did not mean the playoffs, it meant a lottery appearance.

Steve Kerr made moves just to make moves.  His move happy ways make me wonder if he actually had a plan or thought that if he tried enough crazy experiments one would work.

At least he finally realized it was time to rebuild but now he's about to ruin that as well.  Sending Shaq away for expiring contracts was smart,one of the few smart moves we have seen from him.

But now he wants to trade Amare Stoudemire.  Amare is the most offensively gifted big man in the NBA.

At the age of 26, Amare still has years of great production in front of him.  His best days are still ahead of him and he could easily be built around.

Why not build around him?  Why send him away for a bunch of guys that can never be compared to Amare? Why build around a 35 year old point guard who's best days are behind him?

Steve Kerr ruined the Phoenix Suns and, rather than fixing their predicament, he's making it worse.  Kerr belongs on TNT not in a front office.