Phoenix Suns Rumors
Phoenix Suns interim coach Jay Triano is hoping to help Tyler Ulis and Mike James make their shots, and one plan has both of them playing off the ball, which means Devin Booker will initiate the offense at times during a game. “We’re looking at some sets where they can be off the ball sometimes,” Triano told AZcentral.com. “I think what teams are doing now is they’re hugging everybody else and making them have to make plays. It’s my responsibility to put them in situations where they’re off the ball and we have different ball handlers and they have to be ready to shoot it when they get it.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Devin Booker went over to the Lakers bench and had words with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope before Julius Randle came over as well. The Lakers bench made sure nothing happened as they snapped a three-game losing streak and finish the road trip with a win in Phoenix.
You just became the fourth-fastest player to 3,000 career points. Are you surprised at how fast all the points have come? Booker: I am, but at the same time I’m to a point where I’m never satisfied. I always find something I have work on [for] my game, something else that I have to do to get better. So for me those are great accomplishments, obviously with great company — legends of the game, future Hall of Famers — it shows I’m on the right path. But I still have a long way to go for what I want to become.
What’s it like being the face of the team? Booker: It comes with a lot of responsibility. But I’m in a great situation where I get to be a role model in this community. Growing up, I used to idolize those players, the faces of the franchise, the Kobe Bryants. For me, I grew up watching really good Detroit Pistons teams. There really was no face to that team, it was Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, all those guys were really good, but I know [being the face] comes with a lot of responsibility on and off the court that I felt I’ve been preparing for.