All Star weekend came and went and Amare Stoudemire was not traded, and it is looking less likely that he will be, which is the right decision at this point in time. Apparently no offers came in that were desirable enough for Steve Kerr to pull the trigger. The Suns wanted to make a move that would benefit them financially and also not set them back too far on the court.
Instead Terry Porter was fired after a half of a season to make an attempt to solve the Suns woes. Terry Porter was largely ineffective with this group of players. Steve Nash, Shaq, Grant Hill, and the rest of this veteran team were not responding to his style. These players are looking for a player friendly coach, one that will let them be them. So Alvin Gentry, a Mike D’Antoni guy, is now the interim coach, and the players can go back to doing whatever they want to do.
I wouldn’t say that the state of the team is necessarily Porter’s fault, but I wouldn’t say that it isn’t either. The players quit on him, but that was largely due to him trying to reset a team into something that it is not.
I am still in favor of trading Amare. He’s not the player that will lead this team to success, and he’s not willing to be a role player either. He refuses to play defense, he refuses to work to get rebounds, and he seems largely lackadaisical about it. Perhaps a better offer with come in the off season,
In addition to the discontent in the locker room, and the admission of failure with Terry Porter, the Suns now have Jason Richardson endangering his 3 year old son and everyone else on the road. He was arrested for driving 90 mph in a 35 with his son unrestrained in the backseat. This is the icing on the Suns dysfunctional cake. So the question is now, what else can go wrong?