I recently came across a website called firestevekerr.com, a website dedicated to the idea of firing the general manager of the Suns, Steve Kerr.
The charges against Steve Kerr as mentioned on the website are as follows:
Count 1: Reckless abandonment and Destruction of a Competitive and Exciting Franchise
Count 2: Engaging in Bad Trade Practices (Shaq for Marion)
Count 3: Draft Day Massacres
Count 4: Fan Indifference
Count 5: Release and Mistreatment of Franchise Head coach (Firing Mike D’Antoni)
Count 6: Signing of Less Than Adequate Replacement Head Coach (Hiring Terry Porter)
I find myself agreeing with this website more and more. It is understandable for managers to make one or two mistakes, but I don’t believe Kerr has done anything which improved on the Suns once proud winning record since he has been appointed the general manager.
The trade for Shaq from Miami started the downfall and hopefully the trade, sending Shaq to Cleveland will put an end to the past. The Big Diesel did win All-Star MVP honors during his stay with Phoenix but the team missed the playoffs for the first time since the arrival of Steve Nash.
The indication of the Suns management wishing to trade away the franchise player in Amare Stoudemire is also puzzling. It is understood he may leave in 2010 but isn’t it the general manager’s job to keep the franchise player happy so that he will remain at the club for years to come?
Stoudamire is a four time All-Star averaging 26 points per game and eight rebounds. Steve Kerr was planning to replace this phenomenal player with Andris Bierdrin and other similar role players in the proposed trade with Golden State as reported by other news reports.
Supposedly, Golden State did not go through with the trade since the Suns would want Stephen Curry, the Davidson Wildcats scoring machine to be included but the Warriors are unwilling to part with the rookie.
It seems that Golden State did not think they could get Curry with the number seventh pick and may have agreed with the Suns for the Stoudemire trade.
Now that Golden State drafted Curry, they would be looking to hold on to him, which is good management on the part of the Warriors.
With the way things are going in Phoenix, I would not be surprised if Kerr went ahead with the Amare for Biedrin trade even without Golden State including Stephen Curry, who is the most valuable piece that the Suns would get back in return.
I would not go as far as to say Steve Kerr should be fired on the spot as suggested by firestevekerr.com, but if I were his boss, I would definitely put him on probation at the very least.
My suggestion would be to put Mr. Kerr on as the Suns Head Coach next season and see if he can win with the roster he is putting together. If Kerr does well with next season's team, maybe he does deserve a second chance with the disgruntled fans.
If he still manages to struggle at that, then maybe it’s a sign Kerr should never have been appointed the General Manager in the first place.