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When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Posted on: February 16, 2009 4:04 pm

PHOENIX – The worst-kept secret in the NBA became official Monday afternoon when Suns president Steve Kerr announced he was replacing fired coach Terry Porter with assistant Alvin Gentry.

“I’ve signed a multi-week contract,” Gentry joked, referring to the interim tag his appointment carries with it.

How many more weeks are left on Kerr’s contract, by the way?

With that statement, Gentry unwittingly touched on the state of flux that continues to engulf the organization. Kerr said the coaching change does not preclude any changes to the roster before Thursday’s trade deadline. He’s still taking and placing calls, with the crux of the matter being whether Phoenix finishes the season with the roster intact, tries to make a trade that will improve it in the short term, or buckle to financial pressures and dump salary in a move toward the future.

“I know you all are waiting for me to say we’re not going to trade anybody,” Kerr said. “But this is the NBA. This is business as usual.”

Business as usual for the Suns, anyway.

While Kerr said his intention is to “keep what we have and go forward and see what we can do with it,” he left out the part about whether everyone in the organization wants to do that. There have been strong indications in recent weeks that managing partner Robert Sarver is pushing for financially motivated trades that would dump salary and clear cap space for the future. I can’t imagine Sarver is eager to keep the roster intact after eating about $4 million of Porter’s contract only 51 games into it.

So the dysfunction continues, and Kerr is next with the bull’s eye on his chest. Asked how he likes his job, he smiled and said, “Just peachy.”

Just another day in paradise.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:43 am

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

The Donald Trump analogy is irrelevant.  Off topic, but, he organizes each business as a separate entity and leverages each entity up (other peoples money) to put in the least possible money of his own.  When one entity goes bankrupt because it cant make debt payments, it doesn't affect any of this hundred other companies.  In the case of Trump Entertainment, he resigned from the Board rather than have to deal with messy downer of debt restructuring and bankruptcy details.  By disassociating himself from something that has zero upside for him, he can retain the title of worlds greatest business person and deal maker and can go on to new promotable opportunities.

As far as Mr. Sarver is concerned, he ranks very high on the Steinbrenner Scale.  Just look back at newspaper articles pertaining to important decisions regarding the Suns -- they will always mention Mr. Sarver along with the then-current mullet (GM).  The bad decisions didn't start with Kerr -- Bryan Colangelo gave away Johnson as GM; D'Antoni sold high draft choices as GM, just as a couple of examples.  See a pattern here?  How many GMs making ill advised deals is that in the short history of Sarver's ownership?


Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:00 am

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

There is a truism about management, whether it be in sports or any other business.  That is: You can start out tough and then loosen up if need be, but you can't start out loose and then try to toughen up because your staff will think you're trying to screw them.  D'Antoni ran a loose operation, letting the players run and gun with little thought about defense.  Then Porter comes in and tries to run a disciplined system with an emphasis on defense.  The players never got on board because they were accustomed to the opposite.  Gentry can go back to running but they will never make it very far in the playoffs because they can't, or won't play D.  The Suns need to hire a strong coach who can, by the force of his will, make the players get in line.  They need a clone of Greg Popovich.  Good luck Suns.  You'll need it!

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 11:09 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Haha you  never know Zodiac Donald Trumpo just fired himself.I think alot of people just think a former star player with half a brain is just gonna be able to step in and lead the team to mutiple championships often i think teams hire gms for their star power instead of their buisseness attributes and its failed miserably so  many times i wish more former great players would do what the rest of the do play golf  and fish and leave running pro teams to the suits and brain trust who ran them in their playing days and many days before.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 11:04 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Kerr = Sarver...just like Selig = MLB Owners

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 10:55 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Porter, Gentry, Kerr...they were/are all pawns of Robert Sarver, a very hands on owner.  Kerr just tries to keep him happy.  If Sarver dismisses Kerr, it's because Sarver can't fire himself.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 10:14 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Surprised some would defend Kerr in these threads. Whether the buck stops at Kerr or goes up into ownership- moot point- these guys ruined a great franchise and continue to dig the hole deeper as they discuss moving Amare.

As a Raptor fan I look forward to the arrival of another Sun cast off- Shawn Marion. A guy with lots of game left. Thanks for B Colangelo. Hopefully the last piece we Canadians will pick from the scraps of a once mighty franchise will be Steve Nash. Big home coming party in 2010- likely a year the Suns will not make the playoffs.

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 8:09 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?


Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 8:08 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?


Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:13 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Yeah, Kerr should have a look at all those championship trophys when he walks into his office.  Remind him of what he broke.  They give out trophys for being pretty good in the regular season right?

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 6:39 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

LOL comparing Steve Kerr to Matt Millen as a GM is great, but there is one difference.

The Suns aren't going to go 0-82.

That really is the only difference though.

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