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Suns coach Gentry gets vote of confidence; report has Beasley as issue

Dec 11, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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When the Phoenix Suns traded Steve Nash, let Grant Hill go and brought in Michael Beasley to be the designated scorer, you knew things were not going to go all that well in the Valley of the Sun this year.

But Suns fans weren’t ready for a 7-15 record with seven straight losses, and everyone is starting to point fingers.

Two things leaked out of Phoenix. One was owner Robert Sarver backing his coach, via Chris Broussard of ESPN.

The other is this tweet from the well respected Shaun Powell (who has written for, ESPN and others).


Is any of this really a surprise?

We can have a discussion of if Gentry was the right guy for this job all along, but Gentry didn’t forget how to coach in past year. He took the Suns to 54 wins his first year, but as the roster aged and was depleted they became a .500 team the past couple seasons. Then they took a lot more talent away and they struggled this year. That’s not all the coach. You can bring back John Wooden and he couldn’t coach this Suns roster to the playoffs.

And you added Beasley as a go-to guy — for three years at $18 million — and you’re stunned he’s not an efficient scorer and can divide a locker room? Beasley is giving the Suns 11.4 points a game but at 38.3 percent shooting and 30.5 percent from three. He’s a gunner, it’s what he is. Sam Amick had more details at USA Today.

The nature of Beasley’s role is at the root of the problem. Despite the fact that he was added to take a leading-scorer role, there is a sentiment from some on the team that the Suns are more effective when his role is limited. Apparently coach Alvin Gentry is among those who have that opinion, as he played Beasley just 15 minutes in Sunday’s loss to Orlando that was the Suns’ eighth straight defeat.

The truly problematic part, according to a person close to the situation who spoke with USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, is that Beasley is hardly hiding his frustrations with the fact that his role isn’t what he thought it would be.

The Suns may want to trade Beasley, but the market for him is going to be rock bottom. They are going to have take back a contract or player they don’t want if they can even find someone who wants to take Beasley on.

Sorry Suns fans, but this is what rebuilding feels like. Especially when you use someone like Beasley as a patch to make it less painful, because there is no way to make it hurt less. I’m sorry Kendall Marshall is struggling (even in the D-League) and that it’s going to take time. That is the nature of it. Rebuilding is a hit and miss process, it’s not all Oklahoma City.

But you can’t throw this all at Gentry’s feet. Especially not Beasley.

  1. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Those struggle braids are affecting the blood flow in Beasley’s brain and hindering his decision making. Bring the dreads back or get it cut altogether!

  2. Brandon - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Beasley was toxic in Minnesota too, was so happy to see him go.

    Good luck PHX, good luck

    • captainwisdom8888 - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Yea he clearly is terrible in the locker room. It’s a shame how when some ppl are naturally so talented, it’s all they know, and it goes straight to their head. As they say, some people “just don’t get it”

  3. pacific123ocean - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I don’t think anybody should be surprised about this…Beasley has shown who is in Miami and Minnesota…and nothing has changed in Phoenix.

    No way a 4th team will take a chance on him…so, I just hope he likes playing in China with Marbury.

  4. sunsation3413 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Just blow the team up and really start over. To think you can win with a team full of bench players and other teams rejects is absurd. This franchise has been steadily declining since Robert Sarver purchased it. The front office has no clue what they are doing, there is no real plan, and they seem to only care about revenue. You would think that they would get the concept that winning means money but you have to spend some to get some back. It appears he has over taken Donald Sterling as the worst owner in the NBA.

    • scooper15928 - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      The front office isn’t the smartest, but they clearly do have a plan. The Suns have three first round picks in the upcoming draft and already have $8 million in cap space with a full roster. How is that not a plan for the future?. This team has the potential to be pretty good after a couple more years of rebuilding. Dragic has been good, Morris has potential, and guys like Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley, Jermaine O’Neal and P.J Tucker have all been decent too. They should put Beasley and Gortat on the trade block, but other than that, they should stay the course. Rebuilding doesn’t happen in one year.

  5. themagicfanguy - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    You take Turkoglu and Al Harrington, give us Beasley and maybe Marshall lol.

    • raidmagic - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      **UGH** No Way!!!!! I’d rather stick it out with Turk and Harrington. Both are more valuable as trade chips and better players.

  6. dko83 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Michael Beasley is toxic? Who knew..

  7. phx1311 - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I love my suns no matter what so……Go Suns(sad face)

  8. miamatt - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    You know it’s bad when Beasley’s stint in Miami starts to look like “the good old days”….

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