Markieff Morris rips Suns fans after blowout home loss to Spurs


There are plenty of teams around the league that could use a little more vocal support from their hometown fans. The Suns certainly fall into that category, with a fan base that typically is on the quiet side unless something really big goes down.

After Saturday night’s blowout loss to the Spurs, one in which the Suns simply didn’t have it and set a 47-year-old franchise record by scoring just 24 points in a half, Markieff Morris called out the fans for not providing a home-court advantage.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

“I don’t think we have a home-court advantage,” Markieff said. “It does not feel like a home-court advantage at all. Some games are going to be bad. You can’t win every game. That comes along with sports. Nobody wins games. We need the support. We need, as a team, to know that our fans are going to be behind us and I don’t feel like this year they’re behind us enough.

“I feel like we do have those genuine Suns fans but, for the most part, I feel like we had more San Antonio than Phoenix fans tonight.” …

“They don’t boo, but they don’t cheer that much, either,” Markieff said. “We feed off, for the most part, off the energy. I know we’re a lot better than that. I know Phoenix fans are a lot better than that. Like I said, we have a lot of genuine fans that cheers for us – the ones that are in the first row, in the second row, in the third row. Once you go up, you feel like people were just at the game, just watching.” …

“I speak for me and my teammates,” Markieff said. “It depends on who’s playing here. When we have the LeBrons and the D-Wades, we need to be heckling them. We need the fans to win games. We need the energy from them to win a lot of games, and we need that every night, not just certain nights.”

I spent more than five years attending Suns games while living in Phoenix, and can confirm that for the most part, what Morris is saying is accurate. But what’s odd is that traditionally, fans did show up and bring the energy when two specific opponents came to town: the Lakers, and these same Spurs.

After making the remarks, Morris took to Twitter to make sure his comments were spun as positively as possible.

You can listen to Morris’ full comments on the matter (via Bryan Gibberman) by hitting the link below.

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