Ryan McDonough was just another spoke in the wheel of Robert Sarvers purple and orange toy. Being “outraged” or even “confused” by what the Suns owner did on Monday is pointless. Robert has been teflon to criticism since he bought the team from Jerry Colangelo. I’ve had people in the banking world who swear that he’s the best to work for. I’ve had people in pro sports who say he is as charming and loyal as you could ever want out of an owner. The problem for me is I am a results guy. So is Robert. His results metric is how much money something is worth. Mine is how many playoff games or NBA Finals appearances do you have to show for your efforts. For those of you who may be late to the party on this topic, the Suns have had exactly ZERO PLAYOFF GAMES since May 2010. Zero. ZIP. ZILCH, NADA. However, Robert has nearly quadrupled the value of the franchise since he took over.
When I heard that Ryan was shown the revolving door on Monday morning, I just laughed. I mean C’mon. October is a month for optimism, not for firing the GM right before the season starts. A year ago Robert used October to blow out a head coach and lay the path to trade away his star guard(which should’ve happened a year earlier). I had ESPN NBA Analyst/ former Suns executive Amin Elhassan on Mondays show an hour after McDonough was canned. He gave some great antidotes about working for Sarver and the story of the day. You will surely laugh when you hear this segment.