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The Other Side: Phoenix Suns


Thanks, fellas. An old man like me doesn't get around like I used to. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin/NBAE via Getty Images)


Remember when Fun 'N Gun got buried? Terry Porter came in this season, eliminated Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds Or Less" offense and brought a more predictable offense that took the joy out of the Suns players, fans and media members who loved covering them. Then, the Suns made one of the more bumbled firings at the all-star break and replaced Porter with D'Antoni disciple Alvin Gentry, who immediately brought back the high-octane offense with a catch: No more seven seconds or less, it's "Seven Seconds Or Shaq."

The Suns scored 140 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game under Gentry, then 142 again against the Clippers, then 140 against Oklahoma City - the day after realizing that Amare Stoudemire was going to miss the rest of the season with an eye injury. In the 17 games since Gentry replaced Porter, the Suns are averaging 120.6 points and could possibly be the most efficient offense ever. On Sunday, the Suns blazed through Golden State for 154 points, the highest point total in a regulation road game since Houston scored 156 in 1991. Gentry already has a really big supporter in O'Neal.

So, the fun is back, right? Sort of. The points haven't equated to more wins, necessarily. A six-game losing streak earlier this month essentially stuck a fork in them this season. Even after winning their past three games, the Suns appear lottery bound without Stoudemire and now Leandro Barbosa, who suffered a bone bruise in his left game during the Suns' 126-116 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. Barbosa is expected to miss one to three weeks, which severely damages an already flimsy roster that trails Dallas by 3 ½ games for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Suns (37-31) are 7-0 against below .500 teams under Gentry, who is only 9-8 since taking over. They defeated the Wizards. Wizards on Jan. 26, with Shaquille O'Neal going for 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one smooch on Caron Butler's temple. Here's what else you should know about the Suns as they prepare to host the Wizards tonight at US Airways Center:

1. Shaq Ain't Done Yet
The coaching change and the loss of Amare Stoudemire has contributed to a much better Shaq. In his past 17 games, O'Neal is averaging 20.5 points, up from his his average of 17.3 points before sharing the all-star game MVP with Kobe Bryant. His 61.4 field goal percentage is a career high and his 61.7 free throw percentage is close to a career-high. The Big Shaqtus is playing so well that the 37-year-old said recently that he will continue to put up big numbers until he's 40; which is pretty interesting since his current contract expires at the end of next season.

Tonight will likely be a historic evening for O'Neal. He needs just 12 points to pass Moses Malone for fifth on the NBA's all-time scoring list (No need to worry about fourth. Shaq needs more than 4,000 to catch Wilt Chamberlain). O'Neal has been a bit grumpy of late, as he recently blasted Chris Bosh and Stan Van Gundy. But his comments have only made him more relevant as he moves closer to a rocking chair. His quick wit and ability to fill a notebook has also sparked a new nickname: Shaqspeare. O'Neal will likley miss the playoffs for the first time since his rookie season. But whenever Shaq leaves, he surely will be missed, so we should cherish moments like this:


2. Grant Hill Is Gunning For 82
Hill was held scoreless on March 6 against Houston, but since then, he has averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his past six games. At age 36, Hill has played all 68 games this season, which is the longest streak of his career. His previous best was 50 in 1999, but Hill hopes to play all 82 games for the first time in his career. His durability this season has led Gentry's daughter, Alexis, to call him "Benjamin Button," because the Virginia native appears to be getting younger. Hill had a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick, in which he said, among other things, that Christian Laettner is "a jerk" and that O'Neal is the "50 Cent of the NBA" because "if you say something bad him, he will have a mix-tape response the next day."

3. Steve Nash Is An MLS Owner
Steve Nash's passion for soccer is well-documented. He likely would've played the sport professionally if not for basketball. But now Nash gets to live out his passion as part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, a Major League Soccer expansion team that will begin play in 2011 in Nash's home province. Nash once explored ownership of his favorite English Premier League club, Tottenham. As for his day job, Nash has also excelled under Gentry. He is averaging 20.2 points on 55.3 percent shooting (114 of 206), 47.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 9.6 assists.

By Michael Lee  |  March 21, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
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The Suns in the lottery? Now that's just scary. Think Jordan Hill behind Amare Stoudemire. Or James Harden at shooting guard. Or worse yet, Ricky Rubio learning from Steve Nash...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 21, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Suns in a must win game. Play loose and have fun Wiz... looking to see Pech go for 20 points tonite :-)

Posted by: khrabb | March 21, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Start Pech!

Posted by: VBFan | March 21, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It won't be pretty tonight.

Posted by: closg | March 21, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This whole season hasn't been pretty. Can't wait for the season to end.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 21, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

My Wizard Comrades. If you been watching them Tarheels and Ty Lawson from ClintonMD, now you see what I mean by shake and bake, run and gun, lets go back, and stop me if you can.

I'm taking it straight to the hoop and you better stop me, cause if you don't you just got scored on.

They trash talkin wit they swagger and wit their words.

Hansbrough says block my shot ten times but the times you miss I'm still gonna score, cause I ain't gonna never quit.

You see, its a winning attitude and tradition, and they learn there lessons well.

Haywood never looked real good, but he always knew how to Ball' and he was taught how to win at Carolina Blue Heaven.

Tyler Hansbrough don't look as good as Blake Griffin, but when it comes to winning and being schooled in a supreme program, nothing beats that.

I'm talking about players that know how to win and the University of North Carolina Tarheels have a long long list of NBA pros that almost no other program can shake a stick at, except for 'what you see when the fog lifts in LA.'

You see Organization, and Coaching, means a hellavalot', then you plug the players in. And you take those players and you teach them how to be the best they can be and to win.

The Wizards do not realize yet that the Organization and Coaching must be TOP NOTCH. The days when a group of players fall into your lap and you win a championship are long long long gone. The good Org's win wit' what they got.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 21, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

With Tankscott coaching, it's like another ping pong ball each night.

Make sure to play Jamison 48 minutes tonight (and put Mike James in at crunch time), Tapp. You're doing a heck of a job.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | March 21, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Mike James will 40 min and throw up 15+ bricks, Tap is obviously rewarding him for his veteran presence and solid play compared to Pech who plays and actually can put up decent numbers

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | March 21, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

LOL...do you guys realize that the roster is so depleted that it's nearly impossible not to play AJ 40 mins. That is unless you like 30/40 point blowouts. A lot of good that will do for the franchises psyche.

"You see Organization, and Coaching, means a hellavalot', then you plug the players in. And you take those players and you teach them how to be the best they can be and to win." - Larry

Umm...there is some truth to your theme, but I think in the case of North Carolina your ignoring the fact that they get the best recruits in the country on a yearly basis. That certainly helps develop the "winning culture" you speak of bc you need players too! In the case of the Wiz, their best players are all hurt, which may ironically lead to us getting a top notch player in the draft.

The GM is already top notch. The best the team has had since I've been following them. As for coaching, well, Tap is an INTERIM guy who took on a thankless job. I believe EG will do a good job with his first real coaching pick with the team. EJ was already in place when he was hired and I don't consider EJ top notch either. Never did. Maybe 2nd tier at best!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 21, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Rphilli721,

Agreed.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"The GM is already top notch. The best the team has had since I've been following them. As for coaching, well, Tap is an INTERIM guy who took on a thankless job. I believe EG will do a good job with his first real coaching pick with the team. EJ was already in place when he was hired and I don't consider EJ top notch either. Never did. Maybe 2nd tier at best!

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 21, 2009 9:48 PM "

What has EG done for Les BouleS that has convinced you that he's top notch?

Was it the Peter John Ramos draft pick? Maybe it was the OPech pick up. Or, was it the Dee Brown signing? How about the Etan Thomas resigning debacle? No, must be the Larry Hughes resign attempt goof up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 22, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Getting the best in his draft class yet to be determined in my book, Javale McGee.

Trading for a real point guard that can run the point and not walk it.

Directing Eddie Jordan to visit Haywood at his home in the offseason and ensure him that he would be treated fairly. 'Cause 7-Foot NBA centers that can play the game are scarce in the NBA and dumd Eddie was set to run him off the Team for Etan.

Peter John Ramos might not have been any good, but I think he was better than Georghie Mureason, but at least Mureason got substantial playing time and Peter did not.

The same can be said for Oleksiy Pecherov, who gets no PT, but clearly deserves to.

You cannot judge Ernie on those two when the coach to is two dumb to figure out to play and develop players.

Assembling a current Team that even with one credible addition this draft season and everybody back will be among the top four Teams in the East next year. Bank On It!!!

The firing of Eddie and the delayed hiring of a competent coach may turn out to be genious with the selection to be determined.

This Team still has a nucleus that handled correctly can and will be tough to beat.

Topnotch might be a little glossy now, but the proof in the pudding is soon to be determined.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Haven't posted in a while, so what has Ernie done for the Wiz,
Signing Arenas

Laettner, Stackhouse & the #5 pick in the Draft for Jamison

Kwame Brown & LeRon Profit for Caron Butler

Drafting McGee

Drafting McGuire

Trading Daniels and a draft pick that was going to get converted to cash or a 2nd rd pick to get James and Crittenton.

Crittenton will be a keeper and will make a solid rotation guard. Ernie manuvered and didn't over commit cap money to an over rated undersized Spanish guard and got a young point guard with talent in exchange.

James & Thomas's contracts give Ernie two big bargaining Chips this summer to use in a deal with a team, or teams, looking to dump a veteran contract. Rip Hamilton & Micheal Redd would be the two most likely targets in my book.

Blatche was a steal in the second round. At 22 he's still got potential and room to grow as a player. He needs a top notch coach to handle him. Eddie Jordan had no patience to develop players. Tapscott is clueless, Blatche needs to play for a solid NBA coach that can develop talent. He hasn't had that yet.

Books still out on Pecherov, with a little playing time he's proven that he's not the complete bust that some on this site peg him as. He may never be a starter, but he could become a solid rotation guy.

Young is the guy with the most talent and the most questionable basketball IQ. If Detroit would bite on a package of featuring Young and James for Rip Hamilton I'd say bite on it. From what I'm reading Detroit would like to ship out the remaining years on Rip's deal and create cap space for 2010.

Young could go onto big things in this league. But my take is that he needs to be in a different enviroment. A new coach could bring it here, but Young maybe the ring leader of some of the simple mindedness and need a new address.

Been spending a lot of time watching college conference Tourneys and now the NCAA's. The Wiz will get a very good player with their pick, and it doesn't have to be Blake Griffin. He's still #1 in my mind, but there's some other guys out there that are going to be very good pros.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | March 22, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Whoa. Pech is finally getting a little love here.
He is not a bust. He just has a busted coach.

Free Pech!

Posted by: original_mark | March 22, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

... He's not the second coming, either. But he's certainly not a guy that should be nailed to the bench when our top 3 centers have gone down this year.

On another note, I'm an ardent JM supporter.

BUT...He's not stopping anybody from coming down the middle and dunking. The last 2 games have been dunkfests and no one steps up. Just about every Wizard could be on a Fathead poster getting dunked on just from the last 2 games.

We have no interior defense and it's not on our roster. I'd rather have Blake Griffin but if Thabeet falls to us, we need to take him. If we do, AB needs to play PF only and Song can go. Griffin is still IMO clearly the better player. I'm hoping BTH can step up and be that inside guy and I think he can with a good defensive strategy but just in case.....

Posted by: original_mark | March 22, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Original_Mark I hear you about the defense, but defense is overated. Don't get me wrong though 'cause good defense is imperative for any champion Team.

I say it is overated 'cause so many do not have a clue what it is. As evidenced by our specialist Ayers whom was supposed to make us a better defensive Team.

Even Eddie did not have a clue what defense was. He thought Etan Thomas was what good defense was.

Commentators as of this March Madness tournament still proclaim that the Carolina Tarheels don't play defense. I beg to differ. You don't be as good as they are for so long without knowing what good defense is.

The Tarheels play year after year some of the best defense in the country. Why, because it is a Team defensive strategy they implore.

You see the mistake that coaches and people make is they keep looking for exceptional individual defense. Exceptional individual defense is a gift. You either have it or you don't.

In the absence of the exceptionals, you have to develop an basic unflawed Team strategy and your players must play it hard.

Randy Ayers does not have a clue what that is. His scheme is flawed.

One simple reason why McGee is always out of position is positioning and instruction. Haywood learned that in college. Nobody is teaching that on the Wizards.

DSon knows what good basic defense is, but unfortunately he does not have the talent to play good interior defense. That being the case he should never start games or be on the floor in game stopping situations.

One final point, thats not going to make much sense, but there is wisdom behind these words.

Once you figure out how to consistently outscore your opponent, you might also discover the key to good defense.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"One simple reason why McGee is always out of position is positioning and instruction. Haywood learned that in college. Nobody is teaching that on the Wizards."

I like Haywood as a player, but he's only played well for two extended stretches: first as a rookie, and then in Jordan's last season.

Other than that he's been something of a mystery guy. Sometimes on, sometimes miles off.

Maybe we've forgotten his maddening inconsistency during his long absence. Wiz fans' hearts do see to grow fonder during a player's absence. Except for Arenas, that is.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 22, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"DSon knows what good basic defense is, but unfortunately he does not have the talent to play good interior defense. That being the case he should never start games or be on the floor in game stopping situations."

But he does play good interior defense. That's why he's on the court (along with the passing.)

WHat he doesn't do is jump up and block shots. Which we seem to mistake for good interior defense.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 22, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

From Flohrtv:
Haven't posted in a while, so what has Ernie done for the Wiz,
Signing Arenas

Laettner, Stackhouse & the #5 pick in the Draft for Jamison

Kwame Brown & LeRon Profit for Caron Butler

Drafting McGee

Drafting McGuire...
by: flohrtv | March 22, 2009 9:43 AM
=======================================
Very well said...and although they would never win a Championship, It would be fun to watch Don Nelson coach a team with AB, JM, Gil, CB, NY, DM and AJ as the sixth man. Talk about run and gun!
I agree that Blake Griffin is the cream of the crop should he decide to come out this year.
I'm not a fan of Thabeet,and I'm now not sure if the Wizards need another front court player if BTH comes back in last years from and if OPEC's talent has just been held hostage.
The Zards will need to replace the gem they let get away in Roger Mason,Jr.
I don't think they need another "scorer" off the bench, they need a three point shooter off the bench.

Also very good interview with Abe Pollin on Fox Sports.com via The Washington Times
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9359958/Pollin-ready-to-pay-penalty-to-win

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 22, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I see LaBRON is up to his usual crap-dribble uh, sorry, crab-dribble crap against the HAWKS. The preferential treatment he gets from officiating is just pure bs. Two players were T'd up and the coach dismissed with a double following the sorry play calling last night. STERN has his meal-ticket for the playoffs primed and ready.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

bozomoeman:

Well this POLLIN's last shot at an NBA title. Let it all hang out. I personally don't think this will ever happen. You can't win without scoring consistantly, AND stopping the other team's offense. And next year should prove my take.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

However, I was rough on DSon. He should not be a starter, but with his basic defensive knowledge, this bunch keeps going to him because he looks like a better option in there flawed scheme.

I should not blame him, because competent coaching would better utilize his assets and not have him trying to do those things he is not clearly suited for.

I had a conversation about three years ago and this fellow who was saying that the Wizards should get rid of Haywood and get somebody who was tougher, shot blocked more and pulled down more rebounds.

I remarked, first of all that nobody is going to giving up a center with those qualities that is better than Haywood. And secondly, if they did get rid of Haywood, you would see what they would be missing.

You see while Haywood is not going to jump out at you as a top NBA center, he is a true NBA center that knows how to play the game.

Too often people look at the individual, even coaches, instead of looking at the value the individual adds to the Team as a whole. THAT IS THE KEY!!!

Look at Wake Forest, great individual talented players, but weak Team Defense. You think Duke and Carolina, are still playing because of Offense? No, they have a clue what Team defense is.

Team Defense is what Boston is TEACHING to its players every step of the way.

San Antonio, the Lakers, New Orleans, and others teach team strategy rather than individual focus and jerking players back and forth for perceived inadequacies.

And listen, I keep bringing up Mark Jackson, because every time I listen to his commentary, I am thoroughly convinced he knows what good Team Defense is.

A lot like Avery, but I think he has an Eddie Jordon trait that I donot want to see again. That is forsaking good Offense for the sake of Defense. That is not a winning formula and is what doomed him in Dallas.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Bozomoeman,

Good info indeed. Digging deep in the pockets is the part I like. Also, about winning next year means he does not intend on wasting time with any of the current coaches. Ya' feeling me?

BulletsFan78, Mr. Pollin appears to be stepping up to the Plate.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

DCMann,

What has EG done for the team?

-Signing Arenas
-Laettner, Stackhouse & the #5 pick in the draft for Jamison
-Kwame Brown & LaRon Profit for Caron Butler. One of the all-time lopsided trades!
-Drafting McGee 17th pick with big potential
-Drafting McGuire 2nd round
-Drafting Blatche 2nd round
-Drafting NY late first round pick with big potential although I don't know if he will mature as such.

-Resigned BH to a very cap friendly deal
-Signed Songalia as a solid rotation guy
-Traded for MJ and Crittenton (badly needed legit backup PG) for over the hill Daniels

-Did not resign Jeffries to a ridiculous contract
-Balked at signing Hughes to a huge contract although he got a little lucky in the final outcome.

So, yeah, he has made a few mistakes, but NO GM in the league is flawless. But, the last time I checked this team has 3 all-stars on the roster, a solid NBA center, and a few youngsters with very good potential as solid bench players or possible future starters. The cupboard is not bare on this team whatsoever.

This season was just completely derailed by injuries or we would be looking at 5 straight seasons of making the playoffs. When is the last time the Wiz/Bullets managed even 4 straight seasons? Injuries are not EG's fault.

Plus, name a Wiz/Bullets GM that was better than EG? I can't name one and if you do it has got to be over 30 years ago.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 22, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's add this:

He brought in Thibedeau to be the defensive guy, but knucklehead EJ ran him out of town immediately. Yeah, TT has more to work with in Boston in Pierce, Garnett, etc... but, his schemes and ability to teach defense are head and shoulders above Randy Ayers, whom we wound up with as a consolation prize.

The defensive scheme has got to change from switching and sagging (3 pt defense debacle as a result) to a much higher emphasis to stopping dribble penetration. Nobody stops dribble penetration in the NBA completely, but the Wiz are just constant swiss cheese and get blown buy virtually at will. Unacceptable!

One could easily make the argument that Songalia is the 2nd best defender on the team behind McGuire. He shows better and stronger than anyone on the pick and roll. He holds his position on the post against much bigger opponents and he consistently boxes his man out. The sad thing is he is nowhere near as athletic as McGee, Blatche, NY, Crittenton, etc..he just knows how to play and hustles. Kudos to Song and shame on the others in their lack of effort. AJ too!

The new coach has got to change this scenario if this team is ever going to reach it's full potential, which could be the conference finals in a couple of seasons if healthy.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Well said Rphilli721.

You know I responded to one of your blogs a good while back and we back and forth about something. Neither of us gave in as I recall.

But ya know RP, you are allright.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 22, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you RP, athleticism and defense first, offense second, not the other way ,round.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 22, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"DCMann,

What has EG done for the team?

-Signing Arenas"

Oh, you mean paying more for Gilby than any other franchise could to a guy who's not max money franchise, and hasn't played for 2 seasons?

"-Laettner, Stackhouse & the #5 pick in the draft for Jamison"

Oh, and what kind of franchise glory did that bring?


"-Kwame Brown & LaRon Profit for Caron Butler. One of the all-time lopsided trades!"

Again, what kind of franchise glory did that bring?

I'd rather take Pao Gasol than Caron Butler.

"-Drafting McGee 17th pick with big potential"

Since when did potential win you or any franchise anything? McGee wasn't even first on EG's draft board.


"-Drafting McGuire 2nd round"

And?

"-Drafting Blatche 2nd round"

And?

"-Drafting NY late first round pick with big potential although I don't know if he will mature as such."

And?

"-Resigned BH to a very cap friendly deal"

How well did BTH play this season?

"-Signed Songalia as a solid rotation guy"

And?


"-Traded for MJ and Crittenton (badly needed legit backup PG) for over the hill Daniels"

I thought Dee Brown was going to be the backcourt help. How did that work out? EG didn't even make an offer to Roger.

"-Did not resign Jeffries to a ridiculous contract"

JJ left, after Les BouleS drafted him, and got no compensation. Winning franchises do not make draft picks and then let them walk.

"-Balked at signing Hughes to a huge contract although he got a little lucky in the final outcome."

Sorry, EG made an offer to Larry, but Larry already signed with the Cavs, and EG tried to come with a johnny come lately matching offer, but too late. Les BouleS haven't been to 2nd round since LH left.

"So, yeah, he has made a few mistakes, but NO GM in the league is flawless. But, the last time I checked this team has 3 all-stars on the roster, a solid NBA center, and a few youngsters with very good potential as solid bench players or possible future starters. The cupboard is not bare on this team whatsoever.

This season was just completely derailed by injuries or we would be looking at 5 straight seasons of making the playoffs. When is the last time the Wiz/Bullets managed even 4 straight seasons? Injuries are not EG's fault.

Plus, name a Wiz/Bullets GM that was better than EG? I can't name one and if you do it has got to be over 30 years ago.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 22, 2009 2:21 PM ""

So all this makes him "top notch" in your delusional mind? Since when did the GM of the worst franchise in the league qualify for him being top notch?

Must be the wonderful 3 consecutive playoff one and dones that convinced you. Or maybe it's the "worst team in the league" moniker for this season for Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 22, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"He brought in Thibedeau to be the defensive guy, but knucklehead EJ ran him out of town immediately. "

Sorry, but that's some revisionist history, right there. Jordan didn't "run Thibedeau out of town." Thibedeau left of his own volition after showing up and realizing that Grunfeld was basically using him as a pawn in his ongoing power play with Jordan. Grunfeld brought Thibedeau in, basically, to prop him up as Jordan's successor for whenever Grunfeld got the stones to fire Jordan. Thibedeau saw what was going on and decided (smartly) that he didn't want to be in the middle of that little soap opera.

If Grunfeld wanted Thibedeau to be the coach of the Wiz he should have just fired Jordan and given him the job. By handling it the way he did, he just created more tension and drama that the team/organization didn't need.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 22, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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