Robert Sarver Rumors
It wouldn’t be long until one ownership voice spoke out, Phoenix’s Robert Sarver, insisting NBA teams would never work so cooperatively in today’s cutthroat competitive environment. Witnesses say Sarver insisted that sitting multiple starters for games or All-Stars in national television matchups had to be met with real league office rules and real punishment — or nothing would change. Sarver gathered enough ownership support to prod Silver into sending the issue to the league’s competition committee to make a formal recommendation to the board of governors. Essentially, that cast aside the possibility of self-policing and pushed a reluctant commissioner to potentially use his office’s power to administer fines and punishments on several new fronts this season.
Exactly what was discussed that day is not known, but it came down to this: McDonough and team owner Robert Sarver asked Chandler his preference: go to a postseason contender or stay with the rebuilding Suns in a limited on-court role. In his 16th season, Chandler chose to stay. “That’s true,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “I feel like it’s a journey I started that I want to see through. If things change, I don’t know, but as long as I’m here, I’m going to try and do what’s right by these young fellas. I didn’t want to go nowhere. I wanted to be with these dudes and finish it out.”
Suns president Jason Rowley said at a news conference that the Suns “want to be the NBA team for Mexico.” Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton thanked Suns owner Robert Sarver and the team for a franchise “that is building bridges to Mexico and not walls.”
McDonough and the Suns owner, Robert Sarver, both made the trip to Carmel, Ind., to meet with Stevens and his wife Tracy. “So yeah, we were at his kitchen table,” McDonough explained on the podcast. “We were meeting with him about potentially coaching the Suns. Ultimately he decided at that time to stay at Butler, and then a month or two later he chose to go to the Celtics. But as far as how close it was or what his decision-making process was, you’d have to ask him about that. But we were sitting around his kitchen table discussing him potentially coaching the Suns in May of 2013.”