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Robert Sarver, majority owner of the Suns, has made some less than stellar decisions in the past.
Unfortunately for Suns fans, there's no possible solution to solving the team's past troubles. Well, short of meeting Dr. Emmett Brown and having the Gorilla drive Robert Sarver up to 88 miles per hour.
It’s truly a shame that Suns fans can’t send Sarver, the Suns’ majority owner, back to the past in order to make better financial decisions regarding the roster.
It’s hard to believe that just two seasons ago the Phoenix Suns made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where they competed admirably with the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, but lost in six games.
Currently Phoenix is nothing but a shell of that highly successful team.
Of the 15 players that were on the roster during the 2009-10 season, only five players remain (four if you discount Grant Hill, who is currently a free agent): Steve Nash, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Robin Lopez and Hill.
After reaching the Western Conference Finals, the offseason brought hard times for Suns fans. Superstar power forward Amar’e Stoudemire was a free agent, and instead of shelling out $100 million and matching the Knicks offer of more guaranteed money, Sarver allowed Stoudemire to walk.
Instead, Suns management doled out over $80 million to acquire Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick, and Josh Childress in a confusing effort to replace Stoudemire.
To this day I can’t understand the logic behind this exchange.
Why didn’t Sarver simply spend $20 million extra on a proven superstar talent who, with the help of Steve Nash and a great supporting cast, brought the Suns within two games of competing for a championship trophy?
He obviously had to have known what he was getting with Stoudemire. Yes he’s had injury trouble, but he proved on two separate occasions that he has the ability to bounce back strongly from surgeries (in his case, of the knee and eye).
These moves remind me of what rarely works in baseball, which is a closer by committee. Meaning, instead of having one player in the closer’s role responsible for locking down close games, it becomes the responsibility of the entire bullpen to assume that one role.
The Suns attempted to replace their all-star power forward with Stoudemire-by-committee Warrick, Turkoglu, and Childress.
Obviously this turned out to be a disaster. The team couldn’t get into a consistent rhythm and had close to no chemistry. In addition, Childress rarely saw court time despite his big contract (five years, $33.5 million), and Turkoglu was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark after being unable to find a niche in the Suns’ system.
Although the Suns did play better after the trade, they still failed to make the postseason.