John MacLeod, longtime Phoenix Suns coach, dies at 81

PHOENIX (AP) — John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81.

MacLeod’s son, Matt, confirmed his father’s death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.

MacLeod is the winningest coach in Suns history, going 579-543 in the regular season from 1973-87. He also coached the Dallas Mavericks from 1987-89 and the New York Knicks cheap nba jerseys
in 1990-91, finishing his 18-year head coaching career with a 707-657 mark.
MacLeod had his most success in Phoenix, capped by the 1975-76 “Sundarella Suns” run to the NBA Finals. The Suns lost to Boston in six games in the finals, with the Celtics’ triple-overtime victory in Game 5 at Boston Garden regarded as one of the greatest games ever.

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“His passion for the game was matched only by his endearing personality, humility and class, a man who was loved by everyone that had the pleasure of interacting with him,” the Suns said in a statement. “Coach MacLeod was a winner in every sense and will be dearly missed by our entire Phoenix Suns family.”

His Phoenix teams made nine playoff appearances, also reaching the Western Conference finals in 1979 and 1984. He had a franchise- record 37 playoff victories, and was placed in the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor in 2012.

MacLeod also worked as an assistant with Phoenix, Denver and Golden State, ending his coaching career with the Warriors in 2006. He was a college head coach at Oklahoma from 1967-73 and Notre Dame from 1991-99, with son Matt a member of the Fighting Irish squad in his father’s last two seasons. MacLeod starred at Providence High School in Clarksville, Indiana, and in college at Bellarmine.

MacLeod also is survived by wife Carol and daughter Kathleen.

Former Notre Dame and NBA coach John MacLeod dies at 81

John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who also coached Notre Dame for eight seasons, has died. He was 81.

MacLeod’s son, Matt, confirmed his father’s death Sunday to the Associated Press. MacLeod fought Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.

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MacLeod coached the Irish from 1991 to ’99, going 106-124. LaPhonso Ellis, Troy Murphy and Monty Williams were among the former Notre Dame greats who either played for or were recruited by MacLeod.

He also coached at Oklahoma (1967-73), going 90-69, but he had his most success in the pros with the Suns, whom he coached to the 1976 NBA Finals.

The “Sundarella Suns” went 42-40 before upsetting the defending champion…

Rock bottom? Suns thrashed by Clippers, tie franchise record for consecutive losses

LOS ANGELES – Lou Williams has a well-earned reputation of providing instant offense off the bench. The Los Angeles Clippers veteran guard did it at a historic level on Wednesday night.

Williams scored 30 points and had 10 assists in 22 minutes as the Clippers routed the Phoenix Suns 134-107. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in NBA cheap nba jerseys 
history with at least 30 points and 10 assists in fewer than 23 minutes. It was also the 27th game of his 13-year career in which he has scored 30 or more off the bench, tying Ricky Pierce.

Williams – who scored a season-high 45 in Monday’s loss at Minnesota – was just as quick out of Staples Center. He showered and left before the locker room was open to the media. One reason might have been was that it was the final game before the All-Star break.

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“That’s impressive but he’s been doing that all year,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said of Williams’ night. “It’s been fun to watch. Sometimes you get caught up watching him sometimes.”

Williams scored 11 points during the first quarter as the Clippers led 32-22 after going 12 of 21 from the field.

If LeBron James eventually becomes an NBA owner, he wants to bring James Jones with him

Suns co-interim general manager James Jones has made his M.O. known during his relatively short stint in the front office. He wants to build relationships with players, develop a culture that breeds winning and is in no hurry to overhaul the locker room for the sake of change.

Apparently that, along with the relationship the two fostered over seven seasons as teammates, has put Jones in the sights of Lakers superstar LeBron James as part of LeBron’s quest to one day own an NBA team. A new story over at The Athletic documents the series of moves LeBron has already made to set himself up to one day own a team and even goes so far as to list a couple of candidates for the GM position should LeBron pull it off:

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“LeBron has an idea about whom he might hire as his first general manager, mentioning former Miami and Cleveland teammate James Jones, who’s now the interim GM in Phoenix. Brandon Weems, a childhood friend of LeBron, is a front-office executive with the Cavaliers. LeBron seeks to empower those close to him — always has.”

Sure, it feels like a throwaway line intended mostly to show just how thoroughly LeBron has considered his post-playing career empire, but it fits, right? Jones already garnered a Wholesale nba jerseys
ton of attention this year thanks to the way he has handled veteran players, particularly as it relates to his relationship with James.

First, it was the Suns’ decision to buy out Tyson Chandler just three weeks into the regular season rather than keep him as a potential trade piece with the flexibility to eventually buy him out in February anyway. Chandler, of course, ended up as a key rotation piece with LeBron’s Lakers, solving their frontcourt depth issues for a time.

This favor, depending on whom you believe, may have ruffled the feathers of owner Robert Sarver when it came time to trade the next disgruntled veteran, Trevor Ariza, in December.
Sarver was reportedly anxious because of the backlash from the Chandler situation and didn’t want to do another deal with Los Angeles, for fear of the Jones-LeBron relationship becoming even more magnified. Yet Ariza indeed did prefer the Lakers and certainly would have helped the team due to their lack of shooting at forward.

Again, the Phoenix Suns are setting a new standard for rock bottom

Following one of the worst season’s in franchise history last season, which featured a carousel of point guards after their own requested out on Twitter three games in and two different coaches resulting an abysmal record of 21-61, the Phoenix Suns are somehow going to top that nightmare.

Somehow, someway, Phoenix is even worse with two top 10 draft picks brought aboard, including their first ever No. 1 pick. How the Suns can be sitting with 11 wins cheap nba jerseys china
at the All-Star break with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and other young talent surrounding them beats me. The Suns even made a coaching upgrade from an Xs and Os standpoint from Earl Watson to Igor Kokoskov. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.

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Nowadays, I’m left scratching my head how these inconsistencies can continue to pop up. And it’s been a long running issue as the losing culture has started to truly seep in.

Nine years now the Suns will be without a playoff berth.

Nine years ago owner Robert Sarver saw Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion lead them to their most successful era.

Ever since, it’s been a clown car filled with blunders.

Nearly a decade later, Phoenix has been sitting in neutral with a revolving door of inexperienced general managers, head coaches, and players along the way.

Will the cycle be coming to an end here soon? The franchise is craving a flip back to winning basketball while maintaining stability. However, after hearing Vice President of Basketball Operations and likely soon-to-be GM James Jones on 98.7 FM earlier this week, another summer full of roster changes is incoming as they plan to add three to five new players for the 2019-20 campaign.

Back at Media Day in September, former GM Ryan McDonough said he hoped this would be one the most improved teams in the NBA. That has gone the exact opposite way.

Shorthanded Suns embarrassed on home floor in loss to Kings

PHOENIX — Without Devin Booker and T.J. Warren, the Phoenix Suns were not favored to beat the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Beyond that obvious caveat, the Suns are also expected to compete like any other NBA team.

Sure, maybe the game gets away from them in the third quarter or they face a double-digit deficit at halftime.

But they couldn’t do that against Sacramento, playing an embarrassing first quarter in a 122-105 loss.
In that first quarter, the Suns were outscored 36-9. Eight minutes into the game, the Suns had more turnovers (seven) than points (six). They shot 3-of-17 from the field and at two separate points walking back to the bench were loudly booed by the home crowd.

Head coach Igor Kokoskov said after the game he’s never seen anything like it.


“I can’t remember, even if I’m trying hard to remember, cheap nba jerseys china
as a coach at any level that I coach and I played that I lost (the) first quarter by 30,” he said. “So we can say that we didn’t know what was going to happen, just completely unprepared mentally, and we took a hit hard.”

Deandre Ayton is only a rookie and the team’s total effort is not on him, but as the No. 1 overall pick and the team’s most talented player on Tuesday night, the Suns needed the response to come through him.

On some possessions, he delivered. He had some moments in the second quarter, along with Trevor Ariza.

On others, he did this.

Booker, Warren to miss Phoenix Suns’ game against Trailblazers

Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said Wednesday that shooting guard Devin Booker and small forward T.J. Warren will miss the team’s road game Thursday against the Portland Trailblazers.

[Booker and Warren] are both out versus Portland,” Kokoskov said. “They will likely be out for the back-to-back.”

Booker remains out indefinitely after he re-aggravated cheap nba jerseys from china
a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Warren has missed the team’s past three games with right ankle soreness.

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Booker (23.5 points per game) is the Suns’ leading scorer while Warren (17.7 points per game) is the team’s second-leading scorer.
Kokoskov hopes that at least one of the two can return to practice by Sunday.

“It’s up to them how they feel,” Kokoskov said.

The Suns (4-20) struggled on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings in their first game without the two.

They were outscored 36-9 in the first quarter trailed 99-67 after three quarters.

Following Thursday’s game, the Suns return home Friday against the Miami Heat.

Aftermath: No one knows how that happened

Somehow the Phoenix Suns got down 36-9 in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. The Kings had never led any game in the first quarter by 27 points since moving to Sacramento in 1985. Until now.

For the Suns, it’s only the fourth time in the last decade that ANY team has been down by 27 or more in the first quarter.

“I can’t remember, at any level that I coach and I played, that I lost first quarter by thirty,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov — a former top level basketball player, NBA coach for 20 years and international coach for 10 — said after the game. “Just completely unprepared mentally.”

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could be seen losing their minds while the young Suns shellshocked their way to mind-numbing ineptitude.

“I don’t know,” rookie center Deandre Ayton repeated, three times in succession, of how that happened. “This is my first time in this situation, being down by so much in the first quarter.”

The Suns started the game with four 22-or-unders and Trevor Ariza, but that’s no excuse for poor effort.

“In the first two minutes, I felt like we struggling,” second year guard/forward Josh Jackson said simply.

“Obviously, we started the game kind of slow,” rookie De’Anthony Melton said.

Suns forward TJ Warren out against Grizzlies with back spasms

The Phoenix Suns will be without one of their long-range scoring threats when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Suns small forward T.J. Warren has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest due to back spasms, Wholesale nba jerseys
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Warren experienced the spasms during Saturday’s practice and was originally listed as probable for the Grizzlies game.

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This season, Warren has averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
He’s improved his three-pointing shooting this year, hitting 46.2 percent of his shots, compared to just 29.8 percent last season. He has four games of at least two 3-pointers.

With Warren out of the lineup, there are more minutes to go around for Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and Ryan Anderson.

Prolonging Tyson Chandler’s stay in Phoenix impacted De’Anthony Melton’s contract

Saturday’s news of Tyson Chandler and the Suns working toward a buyout, which was completed Sunday morning as he heads to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, wasn’t surprising, but the timing was head-scratching to say the least.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, this agreement with Chandler has been in place for some time now, which raises major questions about why the Suns obliged a distressed asset’s demands? If this buyout was cheap phoenix suns jersey
in the final stages during the offseason, why not pull the trigger then and let Chandler have his pick of teams with front court needs?

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Well, the Suns allowing Chandler to stay on the roster three weeks into the regular season could have some long-term ramifications, depending on how player development crystalizes for their young core. The one player directly impacted by Chandler’s stay for only eight games was De’Anthony Melton.

The No. 46 pick in this year’s draft has a moldable skill set that complements Devin Booker (I had him ranked No. 13 on my big board, one spot ahead of Collin Sexton), but he’s only under team control through the 2019-20 season. However, Melton could have signed a four-year contract like Elie Okobo if Phoenix had decided to move on from Chandler before training camp.

As NBA capologist Albert Nahmad noted, Melton would have been under the Suns’ control through 2022, but that’s a moot point now.