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Steve Kerr says he might let Warriors players run huddles again

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Steve Kerr allowing Warriors players to run huddles during a win over the Suns was more nontroversy than controversy.

Was anyone actually upset with Kerr besides Phoenix guard Troy Daniels, who clearly directed his dismay at Kerr (and seems to look for chips to stack on his shoulder)? Even Suns forward Jared Dudley, who called the tactic disrespectful, acknowledged the problem was Phoenix might not deserve respect.

It seems people just assumed other people somewhere would be bothered by Kerr’s plan. That alone was enough to make it a heavily discussed storyline.

Some coaches would just want to stay clear of the noise. Not Kerr, though.

Kerr on 95.7 The Game:

I’ve been quickly reminded today of what an insane world we live in and how everything now is just a story and constantly judged and picked apart. And this really isn’t that big of a deal. It’s a basketball game. We have a veteran team. You turn over the timeout huddle to the players so that they can discuss strategy on their own.

I don’t think it’s like earth-shattering news. I really don’t. And I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I just think it’s a good coaching tactic to try to change things up but it’s the world we live in. So, everyone’s going to debate it. Whether it’s a controversy or not, it has to become one, I guess.

I don’t think it’s something we would do often, but I think it’s a good exercise. I think there’s a lot of things that coaches can do that are sort of outside the box that can be very positive, and I think it’s good to experiment with them.

This is every single day for seven, eight, nine months depending on how your team does. And so everything gets pretty monotonous. I think you’ve got to do your best in the NBA to try to keep things light and loose and occasionally throw the team a curveball. So I can see doing it again one time, a couple times. We’ll see.

Kerr did this to motivate his players. The Warriors are too good, and they’ve gotten bored by winning. They probably correctly believe they can just turn it on when it counts. But Kerr wants to safeguard against bad habits creeping in, so he found a way to engage his players.

And it seemed to work. Why would Kerr shelve a successful strategy? Protecting opponents’ feelings – if any of them were actually besides Daniels’ – isn’t a good enough reason.

Suns tie single-season record for losses by more than 40

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As Jared Dudley pointed out, the Suns are getting disrespected, because they’re playing like a team that doesn’t deserve respect.

Phoenix lost games by 48 and 42 points in the first four days of its season. But the Suns fired Earl Watson, promoted Jay Triano and traded Eric Bledsoe. Phoenix got more competitive and appeared to leave its biggest troubles behind. Losing by 48 to the Spurs last week could have just been an anomaly, the type of thing that randomly happens to ordinarily bad teams.

But a 46-point loss to the Warriors last night fuels a different perception: The Suns are historically prone to getting crushed. Not only are they bad, they fold in uncompetitive games, allowing the margin to soar.

Phoenix has already lost four games by more than 40 points this season. That’s unsurpassed, and it’s not even the All-Star break. As the Suns tank to the finish, the next couple months could get even uglier.

Here are the teams to lose the most games by more than 40 points in a season, with their record and margin of those losses:

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The 1969 San Francisco Warriors and 1979 New Jersey Nets made the playoffs. I wouldn’t count on that for Phoenix.

Suns forward Jared Dudley on Warriors’ coaching: ‘It shows a lack of respect’

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr let his players take turns running the huddle during a win over the Suns last night.

That didn’t sit well with Phoenix forward Jared Dudley.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

This is spot on.

I doubt Kerr would have done that against a better team. He did it because the Warriors were so likely to blow out Phoenix. That is disrespectful.

But it’s also correct, and Dudley isn’t complaining. The Suns got the amount of respect they deserved. Like he said, it’s on them – not Golden State – to change that.

Enes Kanter, Jared Dudley have Twitter beef after Knicks beat Suns

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A frustrated Devin Booker shoved Knicks big man Enes Kanter Friday night after Kanter had defended Booker around the rim — and that got Booker ejected. Kanter has gotten under the skin of many a player over the years with his physical style, but player know that and generally don’t react. Booker did and it earned him an early shower.

However, the trash talk didn’t end there.

Suns veteran Jared Dudley jumped into the fray to defend the young star.

Shots fired. I guess. Both men took legit shots — Dudley isn’t playing a lot, Kanter is borderline unplayable in the postseason because of his defense — but since we’re talking about two non-playoff teams who don’t see each other again this season, it gets a shrug.

Kanter isn’t afraid to mix it up online, remember he took digs at LeBron James not long ago — a guy you may not want to make angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Report: When Eric Bledsoe requested trade, Suns told him they underperformed with him as starting PG

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Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has been extremely harsh publicly to Eric Bledsoe.

The organization apparently wasn’t much kinder privately when Bledsoe requested a trade before the season.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

The 27-year-old point guard had met with Suns owner Robert Sarver and McDonough during the preseason and requested a trade, sources told ESPN. Frustrated with the direction of the team, its whiffs in free agency and questionable personnel moves during his four years with the franchise, Bledsoe expressed that it was time he moved on, sources said. Bledsoe was then told by management, according to sources, that the team had underperformed ever since he was given starting point guard responsibilities.

The Suns have struggled since trading Goran Dragic to make Bledsoe the clear starting point guard, but they mainly got draft picks that have yet to convey for Dragic. They also traded Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Isaiah Thomas for primarily draft picks. Their expensive acquisitions – Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley – have underwhelmed. Their young players, even Devin Booker, haven’t yet learned the nuances necessary to contribute to winning. They’ve finished seasons tanking.

In other words, Phoenix has given Bledsoe a supporting cast ill-equipped to win then apparently blamed him for not winning.

This report appears to be coming through the lens of Bledsoe’s camp. McDonough and Sarver might portray the conversation differently.

But if this is a glimpse of how Bledsoe feels, no wonder he wants out.