Report: Suns’ operations drawing ‘raised eyebrows’ around NBA

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Suns owner Robert Sarver is recognized as one of the NBA’s worst owners. He fired general manager Ryan McDonough just nine days before the regular season. James Jones, who was only one season into his executive career, has been running the front office since. Igor Kokoskov is in his first season as a head coach and has yet to impress.

Does anyone in Phoenix know what they’re doing?

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is an organization that is in a spiral in almost every way, and it’s a concern for the NBA. Owner Robert Sarver has not seemed to learn a lot of lessons through the years about his management style, his hands-on nature and his ability to put an infrastructure in place and allow it to build an organization

There’s no question, from the league office to teams around the league, there’s a lot of raised eyebrows at Phoenix and how they’re operating right now.

The proof is in the pudding. The Suns are an NBA-worst 12-50. Tanking wasn’t the plan, at least not to begin the season.

Jones hasn’t instilled confidence in the notion he’ll get Phoenix out of this mess. And Sarver obviously isn’t going anywhere.

Wojnarowski reported Phoenix could hire a team president to oversee Jones, and maybe that’d help. But it’ll also be Sarver making that hire. The Suns’ problems start at the top.