Tag:Robert Sarver
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:50 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Posted by Royce Young

Robert Sarver, also known as the Phoenix Suns' owners, also known as one of the league's hardline owners that helped push the lockout deep into November, isn't happy about the new schedule. Oh, the irony.

Via the Arizona Republic:
“I was disappointed for our fans,” Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. “When the preliminary schedule came out, I asked the league to reconsider and they didn’t. You’ve got to factor in all the arenas and timelines, and they weren’t able to move dates around.”


"For the most part, the schedule is computer-generated by a consulting firm that does schedules for the NHL and NBA," Sarver said. "Unfortunately for us, given the short schedule, we're not going to see some of the elite teams in the East."
You hear that? Disappointed for the fans. What a guy. Forget that the reason we're having this ridiculous shortened season was largely in part of guys like Sarver that tried to use competitive balance as a red herring to make a cash grab, but whatever. Sarver and other small market owners like him helped stall negotiations and drag this whole thing out. As PBT put it, he made his bed and now he has to sleep in it.

Sarver dos have a point though. The Suns miss out on hosting the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, Magic and Knicks, which as you know, are five of the biggest draws in the league with their stars and market size. But because the season was chopped to 66 games, not every team was able to visist every city.

Which means instead of having a guaranteed sellout with the Heat coming to town, Sarver and the Suns will get the Bucks and Bobcats instead. So when he says he's "disappointed for our fans," what he really means is, "Crap, there goes five sellouts."

It also means that his Suns have to play all those beasts on the road. Which isn't fair at all and to a small market owner that was one pushing for competitive balance, he has to be a bit miffed at that pretend idea.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:01 pm

Sounds like Stoudemire's blaming Robert Sarver

Posted by Royce Young

Everyone is frustrated with the lockout. And therefore, everyone's looking for somewhere to point their finger.

Amar'e Stoudemire spoke with Newsday and naturally, the lockout. He was asked about his former boss in Phoenix, Robert Sarver, who is famously tight with his money, or at least in terms of NBA spending. And Stoudemire, who saw some $61 million go in his pocket from Sarver, didn't hold back on his old chief.

As to who the hardline owners are, Stoudemire said, "Sarver, for sure" and added that the Suns' owner "probably the main guy who is pushing for this lockout."

That right there, is fightin' words.

For good measure, Stoudemire added: "It wouldn't have been a big deal if he had just re-signed some kid named Stoudemire. Then he'd be in good shape."

Obviously his meaning is that the Suns wouldn't be struggling to make profits, I suppose. Amar'e thinks so much of himself that he'd take the Suns out of the red and into the black. Not just in the win-loss column either.

But this is the way with lockouts. The longer it goes, the nastier it gets. And there's probably a good amount of truth to what Stoudemire is saying. Reportedly, Sarver and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert have to of the loudest voices pushing for a hard salary cap. It's natural that some owners are going to express their point of view louder than others. Like I don't think Clay Bennett has necessarily been involved a ton in the discussions. But you can bet Sarver, who's very conscious of his money and business, is going to get every last word in.

Which means I'm sure he'll have a response for Stoudemire.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:15 pm

David Stern calls Gilbert/Sarver report 'fiction'

Posted by Royce Young

We shouldn't have expected anything less, but David Stern chimed in on the Dan Gilbert/Robert Sarver report that the two slowed down progress on a new labor deal Wednesday while Jerry Buss and James Dolan sat perturbed.

Stern, to NBA.com: "It is so wrong and incorrect and fictional" he said, "that I think I can understand why they would only attribute it to sources and that nobody would be willing to stand behind it."

Not that anyone should be surprised, but Stern really tried to hammer it home. He said, "wrong," "incorrect" and "fictional" to get that across.

Dan Gilbert of course had his own response via Twitter yesterday, calling the report "sad and pathetic."

As for a divide among owners, NBA.com says the players shouldn't put that into the strategy.
One person who was inside the Board of Governors meeting told NBA.com that, if the players are banking on a splintering of the owners as their best path to a favorable deal, "they would be making a mistake."
Right now reports have the owners split on the value of a hard cap system, or at least to a degree. By most accounts, the two sides are closing the gap in terms of revenue splits (which is big), but systematic issues are holding up progress. Smaller market people like Gilbert and Sarver are said to be at that forefront.

Did they hold up labor progress Wednesday? I guess that just depends on who you want to believe.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:32 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 10:34 pm

Dan Gilbert responds to negotiation report

Posted by Royce Young

There was a report earlier Thursday that Dan Gilbert, along with Suns owner Robert Sarver, kind of sort of derailed some growing momentum in the NBA's labor strife. Well, Gilbert responded to that via Twitter. Shocking, I know.

Boy, his rants are a lot more fun when they're in a funny font.

But I have no idea what a "bloggissist" is, but it seems to me like it's a cutdown of some sort. Here's the thing with this whole labor mess: There's a lot of chatter, a lot of spin and a lot of rhetoric coming from about 25 different angles. It's hard to know what's real, what's stretching the truth and what's straight up propoganda.

Writers and "bloggissists" kind of trust readers to be able to sort through the crap and decipher what's legit and what's not. A solid report from a solid reporter like the one from ESPN LA claiming Gilbert and Sarver led the way in shooting down some momentum is believable. Was it likely sourced from a certain side of the aisle? Yeah, most likely. But I doubt it's complete fiction.

Besides, here's what's sad and pathetic: That the NBA is actually in jeopardy of missing games. Try as you might Dan, but you can't dupe NBA fans into believing that whatever battle you're fighting is worth losing games.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:10 pm

Report: Sarver, Gilbert killed potential deal

Posted by Royce Young

There was a reason for all the budding optimism surrounding Wednesday's labor meeting. There was a little momentum and by a lot of indications, the players and owners were closing the gap to a degree.

But after a five-plus hour meeting in New York, a lot of that optimism was squashed. The reason? Two owners didn't like the way things were heading, according to ESPN LA.

Owners and players initially found reason for optimism during Tuesday's meetings. Commissioner David Stern and Peter Holt, the head of the owners' executive committee, felt that the players' proposal to take 52 or 53 percent of basketball-related income, compared to 57 under the previous agreement, was basically fair, sources said.

Owners were seriously considering coming off of their demand for a salary freeze and would allow players' future earnings to be tied into the league's revenue growth, a critical point for players. The owners also were willing to allow the players to maintain their current salaries, without rollbacks, sources said.

But when the owners left the players to meet among themselves for around three hours, Cleveland's Dan Gilbert and Phoenix's Robert Sarver expressed their dissatisfaction with many of the points, sources said. The sources said that the Knicks' James Dolan and the Lakers' Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hardline demands of Gilbert and Sarver.

That, is kind of hard to swallow. Especially knowing that Gilbert was a soft cap lover as long as he had LeBron. And knowing that Sarver is one owner that doesn't have much of a reputation for caring about his team, instead only about profits.

Now, it might be a bit strong to suggest the two owners "killed" a potential deal because there is still some separation, but they certainly caused a major bump. Still, this is kind of good news. The players and owners are getting close on money, which is a major hurdle. If they can just get lined up on systematic details, we'll get a deal. And that could happen in any meeting.

Maybe next time Sarver and Gilbert don't get their way. Maybe next time, the other heavy hitters come together. Billy Hunter spoke of a divide between owners and while David Stern tried to brush it off, he acknowledged it. The owners are looking at losing a substantial amount of money in a lockout and playing the hardline, stubborn card might not be wise right now. For owners like Buss and Dolan who are making money, I'm sure it would be easy to grow annoyed with that kind of edged approach.

But keep hope. Like I said, while it's bad news, it's also kind of good news. There's movement towards... something. Eventually someone will get overruled and a deal will be struck. It's just a matter of how long all this hardline posturing is allowed to go on.
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:17 pm
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Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 6:22 pm

Suns extend Gentry

Who's got two thumbs and an extension through 2012-2013? Suns extend head coach after return to playoffs despite roster turnover.
Posted by Matt Moore

The fast break will continue in Phoenix. The Suns today announced an extension for head coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns under Gentry improved considerably, returning to their running and gunning ways on the path to the Western Conference Finals. Despite the departure of Amar'e Stoudemire in free agency and the looming issue of Steve Nash's age, the Suns felt that Gentry's the guy, and extended him through 2012-2013.

The Suns are 72-41 under Gentry, which ain't too bad at all, especially given the dismal performance they suffered under head coach Terry Porter in their attempt to become more traditional in their approach. With the economy still sluggishly working its way out of the doldrums, extending Gentry is a wise move from owner Robert Sarver. Committing to Gentry may mean more money on salary, but it also means stability and a tried and true formula that may suffer from problems (eventually) in the playoffs, but does win lots and lots of games. Gentry also managed to make the most convincing case for a running team to be able to buckle down and play hard-nosed defense.

The deal may have been done sooner had the replacement GM and President of Basketball Ops jobs not taken so long to fill, before eventually Lon Babby and Lance Blanks were brought on board.

Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:12 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 10:31 am

Shootaround 7.21.10

Posted by Matt Moore
  • Andrew Bynum's knee surgery has been sheduled for July 28th , after being postponed from July 18th. The surgery is to repair a small tear in the meniscus he played through in the playoffs. Complications are unlikely, but Bynum does have a significant injury of not snapping back from surgery.
  • SB Nation Arizona's Seth Pollack lays out the Suns' plan for the future . The hiring of Lon Babby and all of their short-term, mid-size contracts they've added are all part of a strategy to set themselves up for "the big trade" whenever that may be and whoever that may be for. It's a smart play if you have the money and patience for it. Owner Robert Sarver does not have the patience for the draft-heavy Blazers/Thunder approach and doesn't like rebuilding. It does fall in line with a thought process I tend to agree with, which is that there are always good players available if you're aggressive enough to get them. We've seen Al Jefferson moved in the last month. You just have to seize the opportunity. But with Steve Nash continuing into his mid-30s, time may be short for the window of opportunity before a true rebuilding era is needed.
  • It would not surprise me at all to see Alonzo Gee as the Spurs' starting small forward in a few years. Gee has an NBA frame, explosion, touch, range, and athleticism. The gaps in his game are hard to identify, even if he's incapable of taking over a game.
  • Ben Gordon was in Vegas scouting as parting of the Players Association's leadership and development program, preparing himself or a career in basketball when his playing time is done. No word on if he put negative comments around every player that did not shoot 20 times a game regardless of the offense's context.
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