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Gibberman: What were they thinking? – 7/12

A NBA Edition of What Were They Thinking

What Were They Thinking…
I’m starting to get the feeling that Steve Kerr doesn’t have a long term plan for building the Phoenix Suns. Re-signing Grant Hill and working on an extension with Steve Nash keeps the Suns at the same level, Channing Frye is mediocre at best. Once the Warriors trade fell through, the offseason moves have been made to ensure that Suns fans won’t have to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder get a lottery pick in a highly regarded draft. There is nothing worse in the NBA then being stagnant – the second management realizes they can no longer compete for an NBA championship it is time to rebuild. Suns fans have seen their team accomplish everything besides winning a title. It is time for Steve Kerr to start working towards that goal, not sneaking into the playoffs and losing in the first round.

What Were They Thinking…
The NBA has done a terrible job with the coverage of their Summer League Games. In the past all of the games have been shown on NBA TV and this year they are not. The channel is there for the hardcore NBA fans, these games should be televised. I don’t need to see reruns of old All Star games and Slam Dunk Contests. If you do want to watch the Summer League games you can go to NBA.com and pay $15. Give me a break, I already dish out almost $200 for the NBA League Pass, I shouldn’t have to pay money to watch games that are comparable to pick up games with a scoreboard and a clock.

What Were They Thinking…
When meeting with the media last week Amare Stoudemire declared himself a top 10 player in the league. It’s good to have confidence in yourself, but this claim is ridiculous. Top 10 players in the league play both sides of the floor and are the team’s go to guy at the end of games. The Suns would rather have the ball in Steve Nash’s hands. STAT has the talent to become a top five player in the game, but right now he is not even close.

What Were They Thinking…
Andrea Bargnani, the former first overall pick of the Toronto Raptors, has developed into a nice NBA player. He got rewarded with a 5 year $50 million contract extension from the Raptors. Can someone please explain to me how Bargnani received more money than Rasheed Wallace and Ron Artest? With the salary cap at $57 million, Bargani is taking up just under 10% of the Raptors’ cap space. Andrea is not worth that much.