Sarver Backs Blanks, Supports Suns' Rebuilding Plan
Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver gave support to the team’s general manager, Lance Blanks.
Blanks recently received criticism for promoting Lindsey Hunter to interim head coach.
“Lance is terrible at public relations. Terrible,” Sarver said. “But if you actually sat with him for an hour, he’s pretty smart. He’s a deep thinker. He’s got a lot of insight. He just has a different type of personality.
“His track record will stand for itself. He’ll have a record that he’ll be judged on. But I give him credit. He didn’t select the most popular choice. If he wanted the easy way out or to do what’s popular, he would’ve chosen Elston (Turner) or Dan (Majerle). He picked the guy he thought would be best for this team going forward.
“If Lance was the kind of guy who wanted to test the wind of the community, then I wouldn’t want him working for me. Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easy decision. And at the end of the day, this isn’t like the Lakers choosing whether Mike D’Antoni or Phil Jackson is the best guy to lead them to a championship.”
Sarver is committed to the first full-on rebuilding plan of his tenure.
“It’s the same plan we’ve had for the last 12 months,” Sarver said. “We’re rebuilding our team. And unless you have a Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, that can be pretty tough to do.
“No one is more impatient than me. I want to win. We’re going to do it through the draft and hopefully free agency, from having cap space and assets. We’re in a position where we don’t have any bad contracts. Players want to come to Phoenix. We don’t have any stars, so we have a lot of work to do. But I think we’re in a decent position.
“We’re not going to do it in three days just to make the media happy. If there was a quicker way to do it, we would. But we’re going to do it.”