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Updated Apr 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Suns' Babby on offseason: 'We need to move quickly'

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin battles Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley (3) for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

If you look hard enough, you can find some positives from the Phoenix Suns' 2012-13 season.

At least, that's what president of basketball operations Lon Babby told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Wednesday.

Pointing to the play of Goran Dragic (one of four players to average better than 14 points, 7 assists and 1.5 steals per game) as well as individual performances from players like Markieff Morris (20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 6 blocks vs. Houston), he was really just trying to put some perspective on what has been a bad season.

And, Babby admits and understands, there have not been enough positives to make this anything close to a successful season.

"Obviously the negatives outweigh the positives, and we've got to rectify that," he said.

Babby said he is "resolute" in being analytical and critical of everything he must in order to ensure the franchise improves.

That means making a decision on general manager Lance Blanks as well as interim head coach Lindsey Hunter, the latter of which he said is too important to wait on.

"Now that the season's about to end we'll conduct our year-end analysis and evaluation of every phase of the organization, and there may be changes in some areas," Babby said. "I suspect there will be an emphasis placed on stability and continuity in other areas.

"I don't want to put a deadline on decisions, but I think we need to move quickly and that's what I've said all along. I don't feel like we have a deadline, as I say, but we've got to get the coaching situation resolved as soon as possible, consistent with making sure we've covered all our bases."

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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