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Sun Wants Productive Players: Co-interim GM

It’s never sure whether it’s sports efforts or inconsistency, but whatever the reasons, Phoenix sun hasn’t been getting the right results.

Not with Devin Booker, the 22-year-old putting up All-star caliber numbers or even with Deandre Alton, the number 1 overall rookie pick who’s basically still mapping his own natural potential.

During Doug & Wolf’s Newsmakers Week on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, James Jones, CO -the interim manager said that they are ways away, and consistency always seems to be the problem. He also added that when they play hard, they give it all in and they are pretty good and disruptive. But when they slow the game down, they struggle mightily.

In a nutshell, over the last two games, the sun saw the good and the bad at the same time!

After losing by 10 points on Friday, they hung with the uber-talented Warriors for an entire game. According to Jones, he said, the biggest problem is the age and experience and this offseason, the team will take a targeted approach in its roaster. Since the trade deadline: Burns & Gambo and a press conference he’s spoken twice at length about the team’s approach. There are no specifications yet on how Phoenix will change the narrative where he said that he could not give in any definite timeline, and their focus is on going forward with free agency and to add in more player and not to rely on the production of young players. They need to add players that can play and win the games for them. He also added that after being mired in a 14 losing game skid, he and coach Kokoskov are taking steps and talking about pressing the right buttons.

The Suns basically want to challenge young players and not make their youth a term of excuse. But truth be told, the team must assemble around good players who aren’t just projects. He said it’s never worked in the past and he doubts it will work in the future.


One individual’s volatility has a great impact on the team. Jones said that they have to be consistent all the time, and it’s not easy when one is volatile. When people watch them play, and have great runs, that’s the team working as a collective soul, all locked in. But everything goes off the rails once the team gets volatile. If one guy lost into his performance or loses his touch, he states getting selfish. And, this way the whole team starts to get selfish and becomes volatile.

The question is on Kokoskov’s job to coach, and yes it is! One can’t really say whether or not they do it all the time, but they talked about it consistently.

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