Jay Triano Rumors

Second-year forward Dragan Bender is shooting 48 percent from 3-point range over the past eight games, but Triano said he’s not inclined to move Bender into the starting lineup in an effort to get more spacing into the offense. Booker is the only Suns starter shooting better than 35 percent from 3-point range. Tyler Ulis is shooting 20 percent, T.J. Warren 11.1 percent and Marquese Chriss is 2 for 7 in the past four games. “I can’t say I haven’t thought about it,” Triano said. “But I think he’s been thriving in his role right now. I think our bench players kind of know each other and play together well. I think as a team evolves over the years a lot of that has to do with how familiar guys are with one another. Where he wants the ball, when he’s going to cut, when he’s not going to cut. We’re pretty (good) with that with our second unit. So I like the way they play together.”
Under Triano, the Suns have improved on defense. They are surprisingly competitive. Their assist totals are surging, reflecting a team that is sharing the basketball with renewed belief. They once passed and watched. Now they pass and move. And it’s always the little stuff that matters. “I don’t have an answer (to the overall improvement),” Triano said. “Our goal was to have these guys compete at a high level and hold guys accountable. The other night, as bad as it was with 29 turnovers, I’m OK with it as long as they’re effort turnovers. If they’re lazy turnovers, then I have an issue.”
But the overarching responsibilities of serving media and sponsor demands run counter to his passion, which is watching film and developing players. “I’ve given up sleep,” he said. “I don’t sleep anymore. Days are busy. It’s crazy. I say that jokingly, but it’s been fun. “It’s completely different when you’re in charge of not only the players, but in charge of your staff. You have other responsibilities outside the game of basketball. But at the same time, it’s been fun because guys have been so willing to learn and adapt the philosophies we’ve tried to put in.”