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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 16, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 6:11 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

I hadn't given alot of thought to the Sarver infuence....Kerr would have enough brain power to know that 51 days isn't enough time to transform the worst defensive team in the NBA into a true challenger. Gentry will bring back the Run and Gun because you don't have to be a coach to run that style of program, stand back and hope for the best.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 6:01 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Steve Kerr is the next Matt Millen

Does anybody else notice the similarities?

Role players on championship teams

Bettter broadcasters who parlayed their success to GM positions

Slowly turning once proud franchises into laughing stocks of their perspective leagues

Sorry Sun fans, ask Lion fans how this all turned out


Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 5:51 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

Steve Kerr is the NBA's Matt Millen and he wont be done until he has fully ruined this franchise (which is about 2 trades away). Then when the word rebuilding around Shaq and Nash comes out you know it is over. They both have about 2-3 years left on a good team not on a team built around them, the Suns have lost there youthful talent and once Amare is gone the transformation will be complete. Besides Amare is not dumb he sees this franchise going down and with all the trade talks going on it is his ride out without ruining his name by demanding a trade.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 5:34 pm

When does the buck stop with Steve Kerr?

I am tired of everyone blaming Kerr. The problem with the Suns is SARVER! He is trying to be owner AND general  manager. He was the one who made the trade for Shaq over dinner with the Heat's owner. Kerr's hands are tied and he cannot do what he needs to do to win. He understands that you need defense to win championships. The Shaq trade severly hurt their salary cap room, so now they have to trade Amari. Kerr should leave, but on his own term. No one will win as long as Sarver is the owner. They can keep the fun and gun, but it's all flash and no substance...

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