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Fans wonder what comes next for the Suns after Frank Vogel firing

May 9, 2024, 2:15 PM | Updated: 6:22 pm

The Phoenix Suns are back in the market for a head coach, announcing the dismissal of Frank Vogel on Thursday less than one full year after firing Monty Williams.

The Suns did not take the next step toward contention under Vogel’s watch, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Timberwolves after three straight seasons of at least winning one series.

Fan and media initial reactions varied from jubilation for a new voice to skepticism that this move was necessary given other issues with the team.

The Suns were sloppy with the ball, struggled mightily in the fourth quarter and never hit a period of extended dominance despite a roster with Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. At the same time, injuries played a role, especially with Beal, and Durant stressed continuity after the season — before trade rumors began to percolate.

With the adversity the team faced, there has been online pushback for the decision, especially considering owner Mat Ishbia has parted ways with two head coaches already.

 

This is the second time Vogel has been fired by a team that went all in with trades over the past half-decade. The Lakers fired Vogel — their championship-winning coach from the 2020 NBA bubble — after the 2021-22 season when their Russell Westbrook addition went haywire.

So, what comes next for Vogel and the Suns? There is some wishful thinking going around.

Booker, Durant and Beal have played under many head coaches over the years, and Durant specifically has seen three head coaches fired within the past three seasons.

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