The Phoenix Suns can’t get much worse. They’re 14-28 through 42 games and looking worse than ever heading into the NBA All-Star break. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 and and Suns fans shouldn’t expect things to get any better under new head coach Lindsey Hunter. There’s really only one option left for Phoenix–trade Jermaine O’Neal–and the longer the Suns wait to do that, the longer they’ll be the laughing stock of the league.
Why in the world the Suns hired a former average player with no coaching experience to replace Alvin Gentry is baffling, especially when their other options included Elston Turner and Dan Majerle. However, the deed is done and Phoenix has to live with it.
Matters were made worse when O’Neal and Suns general manager Lance Blanks got into a “loud, expletive-laced confrontation,” which resulted in O’Neal’s absence from the Suns’ trip to Sacramento on Wednesday. Not only is O’Neal the sorriest excuse for the best player on an NBA team, but now he’s screaming at his boss, who has to be pulling his hair out right now.
The Suns need to find any team that will take O’Neal and compile as many draft picks and/or D-League players as possible. It’s too late to salvage what they have already, which literally died with the departure of Steve Nash. Sorry, Suns fans, but it’s time to start rebuilding and the longer this team waits to start that process, the worse things will get.