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Suns owner Robert Sarver: “The blame is to be shared from the top down”


during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Christian Petersen

The Suns are spiraling. At 12-24, they’ve lost eight consecutive games, fired two of Jeff Hornacek’s lead assistants, had Markieff Morris get suspended for throwing a towel at Hornacek, and lost Eric Bledsoe for the season to knee surgery. Almost nothing is going right in Phoenix right now, and owner Robert Sarver is taking at least some of the responsibility for it.

Via the Arizona Republic‘s Dan Bickley:

“The reality is, there’s only a half dozen championship-caliber organizations in the NBA over the last 25 years,” Sarver said. “My job is to find the right people and the right culture to eventually be one of those organizations, and it starts with me. I’m not shirking responsibility.

“The blame is to be shared from the top down. Our leadership needs to communicate better. It needs to provide a better culture that provides for more accountability and more motivation. We have a lot of good, young players. They need to be playing hard, aggressively and on the same page whether we win or lose. That’s what I expect going forward.”

It’s hard to pin the Suns’ struggles on one person or one party. This was a team that was fully in tank mode going into the 2013-14 season, but then unexpectedly won 48 games and almost made the playoffs, then made some moves over the next two years (signing Isaiah Thomas in 2014 and Tyson Chandler this past summer) that would have suggested they were trying to keep contending, but they’ve all backfired. Now with Bledsoe out for the year and Morris still unhappy, it’s only a matter of time before this thing is blown up.