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Robert Sarver reportedly even more ridiculous than previously thought

Oct 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

Suns Robert Sarver

Robert Sarver probably gets a bad wrap sometimes. I mean, yes, he does sell off draft picks like an EBay junkie and yeah, his organization has the turnover rate of your average fast food joint. But the Suns have consistently made the playoffs or been within reach for the past decade and he has made an honest effort to compete. So he probably doesn’t deserve the entirety of the grief he’s received. Still, the lockout has had some stories of him being ridiculous. Notably, he and Dan Gilbert reportedly submarined efforts towards a compromise a few weeks ago, a position that Dan Gilbert is said to be softening on. Sarver, though? Sarver’s holding that line. And for some very odd reasons, as reported by Yahoo! Sports:

Once again, Phoenix Suns owners Robert Sarver was the most vocal proponent of the owner’s case, and he befuddled players by insisting that his wife had asked him to bring back the middle level exception in a designer bag. He’s been a strong advocate for a hard salary cap, and a source said that Sarver told the players in the room that he hadn’t been able to get the return on buying the Suns that he had hoped.

via Wade, LeBron make stand in labor meeting – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

Your wife… wanted you to bring home the mid-level exception… in a designer bag.

I’ll take “woefully removed from the economic realities of America” for $600, Alex.

I get the talk that we can’t compare owners or players’ issues to your average Americans because they’re so different. I get the complexities of markets and sports economics. But as far as I know, a dollar has the same value to Robert Sarver as it does to any of you. And talking about your wife wanting the mid-level exception in a designer bag, and using that as a reason to slow progress towards a deal that would save thousands of jobs this year and boost the economies of 29 cities is beyond absurd.

And if anyone in that negotiating room is in need of a Michael-Jordan-esque “If you can’t afford to run your team, then sell it,” it’s Sarver. You haven’t seen the return on the Suns that you were hoping for? Maybe you should get out of the Suns business. Just an idea. I don’t know, maybe ask your wife.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    The Suns have made the playoffs in spite of Sarver. They could have had Rajon Rondo as the successor to Nash. Instead they got pocket change. They could have had Luol Deng, Nate Robinson. Pocket change. They let Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire go for nothing. This team could seriously be the most talented in the NBA if they didn’t let all their players go like they’re the Clippers or something.

    • statfan06 - Oct 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Everyone needs to get over the Rondo thing he wouldn’t have worked in the system the year he was drafted or for the next 3. He only looks good in boston because he is surrounded by hall of fame talent in a system that stresses defense and half court execution none of which the suns do or have ever done. Yeah we could have maybe picked someone else available or a euro and stashed him overseas for a while. Yeah telling Joe Johnson he wasn’t worth and 11 million dollar extension or trying to replace STAT with warrik turk and childress didnt work out at all. the only plus from letting amare go is that we got the polish hammer in the orlando trade. Ever since sarver has taken over the team the have been winning despite his efforts and free agents no longer view phoenix as a good destination unless you suck and are looking for an extra 5 mil a year that you will never earn,” Josh Childress” I’ve never seen a guy make so much money in other endeavors and investments and piss so much money away on useless pieces

  2. cup0pizza - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    He’s an idiot.

  3. david8726 - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    You’re too nice to him, Matt. I know if I were a suns fan, I’d tell you he doesn’t get nearly enough grief.

    Let’s be real here – If Sarver hadn’t sold off Joe Johnson and Rondo for peanuts, the Suns would have at least one NBA title by now, most likely in 2007 when they were an Amare Stoudemire suspension away from beating San Antonio.

    There is no way they don’t win if they had a quality back up for Nash and had that third all star (johnson) in the starting lineup.

    • david8726 - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Excuse me, fourth all star. I forgot about Marion for a sec.

  4. lunasceiling - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Bad “wrap?” What, was the tortilla stale or something?. =P

    In any case, yeah…Sarver is a tool. Is there really anyone who follows the NBA who isn’t aware of that?

    • jkluge65 - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:25 AM

      I beg to differ.tools are useful, Sarver is not

  5. Brian Keith - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    WORST owner in the NBA hands down!!! and this is coming from a lifelong fan, season ticket holder, and former Suns employee! “in spite” is the correct term. The Suns have managed to contend the last 7-8 years “in spite” of Robert Saver (no misprint) He is barely the majority owner and he has 15-20 other minority owners who stroked their own checks and laid their own cash in for his $401 million purchase from Jerry Colangelo in 2004. Believe me not a day goes by that Phoenix Suns fans here in the Valley don’t yearn for the days when The Godfather Colangelo ran this organization. Back then this place was a Top 5 free-agent destination.. Now……., you couldn’t pay players enough (Joe Johnson, Amar’e) to want to even consider staying her and playing for an owner like him!

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