Robert Sarver Rumors

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Sarver, who purchased the Suns with partners nearly 12 years ago, said his ownership plans are for the long haul now “more so than ever.” “I think I’m getting better at it,” Sarver, 54, told azcentral sports from his 14th-floor downtown Phoenix bank headquarters overlooking Talking Stick Resort Arena. “I think I understand it better. I think I’ve got myself surrounded with some good people and we’ve got some great young players to really build our franchise with, which is what we’re going to have to do. If you look at a lot of the good teams right now, they went through three, four, five, six tough years to be able to get all those young players and have that consistency to compete at a high level for an extended period of time.
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Sarver, who purchased the Suns with partners nearly 12 years ago, said his ownership plans are for the long haul now “more so than ever.” “I think I’m getting better at it,” Sarver, 54, told azcentral sports from his 14th-floor downtown Phoenix bank headquarters overlooking Talking Stick Resort Arena. “I think I understand it better. I think I’ve got myself surrounded with some good people and we’ve got some great young players to really build our franchise with, which is what we’re going to have to do. If you look at a lot of the good teams right now, they went through three, four, five, six tough years to be able to get all those young players and have that consistency to compete at a high level for an extended period of time. I think we’re taking steps to do that but they’re painful. It’s hard. It’s hard for me, too. I go to bed sometimes after games and just can’t get to sleep. I’m as disappointed at times in myself than everybody else is, too. Maybe it’s hard to believe that but it’s true.”
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Sarver said McDonough “definitely” will remain GM of the team next season. In his third season as Suns GM, McDonough is running the basketball operations for the first time; Lon Babby moved from the role of president to part-time adviser last summer. Sarver has hailed McDonough’s talent evaluation and is excited about the future of his draft picks (Booker, Len, T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin) in what he believes are key areas to NBA success: drafting and developing.
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Robert Sarver: That said, we will likely miss the NBA Playoffs for a sixth straight season this April. Many of you are disappointed in that lack of success, and for good reason. I can assure you that no one is more disappointed than I am, nor does anyone accept more of the blame. It’s important you know that we will not rest until we are competing at the highest level once again. In fact, we have swung for the fences once in each of the last two free agency periods, with my full support. While we have come up short, we have not compromised our goal of building long-term success with our young talent. Often that process takes more time, yet the rewards are that much sweeter and more enduring.
Sarver: I have also learned that in order to achieve success, you must take risks along the way. In time, certain risks will ultimately look like mistakes. It didn’t take long into my tenure as an NBA owner to understand that basketball decisions are not easy to make. It is my responsibility to hire the right personnel to make those decisions, and also to provide the financial resources and supportive environment to facilitate the success of our team. Our basketball decisions rest with Ryan McDonough, who I have full confidence in. Not every decision will be the right one, but he will continue to build our team around the young, talented players acquired through the draft and opportunistically in free agency. The best team in the NBA right now is a perfect example of that model.