HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

December 15, 2012 Updates

In Phoenix, though my radar goes up when an owner gives his coach a vote of confidence, I seriously doubt Robert Sarver would pay two coaches when his team is drifting toward another lottery. I don't believe it's Alvin Gentry's fault, but I don't expect him to be back next season. I expect him to be on Mike D'Antoni's bench in LA. To me, it's only a question of how widespread the housecleaning will be. CBSSports.com

December 14, 2012 Updates

Owner Robert Sarver has stated that Alvin Gentry will finish the last season on his contract as coach, and you know this isn't the usual kiss-of-death-before-the-firing stuff because Sarver isn't going to pay two head coaches for another trip to the lottery. League sources continue to believe the Suns are headed for a major reset. It's only a matter of when and how widespread. CBSSports.com

Pressure's rising in Phoenix and Toronto. Who do you think winds up being the fall guy in those two situations gone bad? KB: As for Toronto, the clock is ticking on Bryan Colangelo. And now that Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon are both hurt, the Raptors can't hit the reset button with a trade. In Phoenix, though my radar goes up when an owner gives his coach a vote of confidence, I seriously doubt Robert Sarver would pay two coaches when his team is drifting toward another lottery. I don't believe it's Alvin Gentry's fault, but I don't expect him to be back next season. I expect him to be on Mike D'Antoni's bench in LA. To me, it's only a question of how widespread the housecleaning will be. CBSSports.com

December 11, 2012 Updates

Were Gentry in trouble, Suns player development coordinator and former NBA point guard Lindsey Hunter is seen by some as an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks in the vein of Orlando's first-year coach, Jacque Vaughn. But the Suns, as Sarver indicated, are focused elsewhere as they consider how to fix their team. USA Today

December 10, 2012 Updates

Things are going badly for the Phoenix Suns, but not badly enough for the team to consider making a coaching change. A day after the Suns lost their seventh straight game to fall to 7-15, team owner Robert Sarver told ESPN.com that head coach Alvin Gentry's job is safe. "We've got confidence in our coaching staff and we're not considering making changes," Sarver said in a telephone interview on Monday. ESPN.com

"It's still early in the season," he said. "We're playing worse than our talent, and a lot of that has to do with confidence. It's up to the coaches and players to start playing better and to get that swagger back and turn things around. Things can turn quickly in this league." ESPN.com

October 12, 2012 Updates

Suns president Lon Babby wasn't thrilled about trading Nash to the Lakers, calling it a "basketball decision" that was better than losing Nash for nothing. Phoenix will now have significant salary-cap space next summer, giving them the ability to sign one or two major free agents. "My first reaction was I can't do that," Babby said. "As time went on, [Suns owner] Robert Sarver was really good and said, 'We have to make a basketball decision that's best for our franchise.' " Yahoo! Sports

August 8, 2012 Updates

On how hard he had to push Suns’ owner Robert Sarver to get this to happen: Steve Nash: “I definitely pushed him, and it was a difficult thing for him to do, and I won’t forget the gesture. Going to L.A. was not an easy thing. I think I said a week before free agency it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey, and I meant that. We´ve gone through some playoff battles and they’re a rival and an enemy to some of the Suns fans, but at the end of the day the Suns were moving in a new direction and in some ways I felt like I couldn’t cut off my nose to spite my face. Chance to go to Los Angeles, be as close as possible to the kids, primarily. And then other than that, a chance to win, to live in a new place and all the things that come with that as well. I just felt like I’d given my good, hard shift for the Suns and I think Robert appreciated my eight years. And I definitely had to push because it was a hard thing for him to do, but I’ll always be very thankful that he was willing to make it happen.” Sports Radio Interviews

July 30, 2012 Updates
July 1, 2012 Updates

However, industry sources monitoring the free-agent market have identified Toronto as one of four teams that pose the greatest danger to the Suns in terms of signing Nash away, including the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. It has been widely anticipated that Phoenix would offer him a new two-year deal worth at least $20 million, but it remains to be seen how far Suns owner Robert Sarver will go when the bids start coming in. ESPN.com

June 10, 2012 Updates
March 20, 2012 Updates

A couple days after Phoenix acquired Shaquille O’Neal from Miami for Shawn Marion and Jason Richardson, Robert Sarver and I discussed the deal outside the Suns' locker room. "This wasn’t a 2-1 trade, it was 3-1," he informed me with a big smile. "How do you figure that?" I asked. "We not only moved Marion and Richardson, we got rid of their agent as well." New York Post

February 28, 2012 Updates

The Suns went into the break miserably, losing a chance at momentum with a home defeat to Golden State. Nash said the All-Star break was good timing to put the loss that enraged Coach Alvin Gentry behind them and regroup with two days of practice. “We’ve got to find a way to believe and fight for it and see what happens,” Nash said. “You never know if we got on a five-, six-, seven-, who knows, 10-game winning streak, what it does to your chances. I don’t know if we’re good enough to do that but we’re good enough to win some of these games we’ve lost. And if we do that, you never know when you’ll get a little break or a nice bounce and you put yourself in the playoffs.” Arizona Republic

Statistically, the Suns should be on the fringe of the race to be among eight playoff teams. Phoenix ranks eighth in the West in defensive field goal percentage and ninth in offensive field goal percentage. However, only Golden State rebounds worse in the West than Phoenix. “I’m disappointed,” Sarver said. “I think we haven’t performed up to the level of our potential. If we want to be a playoff team, we have to make up ground and definitely hold the fort better (at home). I think we can make up the ground but we’ve got to start winning more at home. “I think we’re potentially a playoff team but we’re going to have to show it.” Arizona Republic

December 7, 2011 Updates

Phoenix is the only team that will not have a home game this season against Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York or Orlando. "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." Arizona Republic

November 16, 2011 Updates

Miami's Mickey Arison and the Lakers Jerry Buss are pushing for a deal while Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and the Suns Robert Sarver's are among the hard line owners unhappy with the offer the players recently rejected. "Mickey has a higher guru in Pat Riley to handle the business," says Shaq, who retired in June. "He makes unorthodox moves but his moves pay off. Sarver…his moves don't pay off. "We need to create a system where the owners are protected from themselves. They're trying to blame us for bad management. Both sides bring up great issues but it will be a shame if we lose a season." New York Daily News

November 9, 2011 Updates

But fans aren’t the only ones upset with these owners. Players and agents are just as frustrated, and one agent tells HOOPSWORLD that they’ll remember their actions long after the lockout comes to an end. “I don’t want any of my clients playing for Michael Jordan, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, Dan Gilbert or Peter Holt,” said one agent. “We won’t sign with them, unless they’re willing to really overpay. That’s going to be the only way these hardline owners are going to land any free agents after the way they’ve handled these negotiations.” HoopsWorld

November 7, 2011 Updates

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