Discussion in 'Phoenix Suns' started by Mainstreet, Oct 5, 2019.
That's part of why I don't care for Rankin. He is so vague and almost refuses to talk to people on Twitter. I'm curious if this is new or something that's happened all year as far as Sarver at practices but he won't say.
It was like the other day, all he said was "We can't film this but you can tell he's not in in-game shape. A little gassed. Going to take some time to get back." but didn't say who or why he was saying that. A few hours later he said he was talking about Ayton. Why though? That tweet made it sound like something had happened with the appeal, he's still out 19 games after all. Why even bother saying it will take a while to get him back?
I miss Bordow.
Many were mistaking him as talking about Ty Jerome and not Ayton.
Wow! Talk about the new-look Suns. We've never seen this much defense by a Suns team.
This illustrates why their start is not flash that is going to fizzle.
Fundamental basketball -- welcome to Phoenix.
And the best example is the star of the team, Devin Booker.
It is a Spurs style of basketball, not a DAntoni style.
the blessing of having both offense and defense is that you can win in multiple ways.
also, this team is still figuring out how to play together. They have really only been together for a few games. They might win those games against Denver and Utah if they played them now.
Interesting stats about Booker finishing better at the rim each season.
Evan Sidery @esidery 2h2 hours ago
Devin Booker has continued to develop his finishing ability at the rim throughout his career. Now, he’s one of the best in the league:
Year 2 = 57.8%
Year 3 = 61.1%
Year 4 = 65.9%
Year 5 = 73.7%
12:40 PM - 7 Nov 2019
Here is an excerpt from a Kellan Olson article written on 11-6-19 which may shed some more light on Ayton's participation in practice:
Ayton has been able to practice with the team and has been seen at shootarounds on the road. The rule is that Ayton has to be out of the arena two hours prior to a game, so he can partake in a lot for being suspended.
Wednesday did qualify, so there he was, shooting around after practice and getting some run in.
Media were told not to take videos or pictures of that specific instance of a pickup game. Ayton looked like someone who had been out of the fold, getting tired after running up and down enough times and was lethargic. That’s to be expected with his absence and something to keep in mind as his return draws closer, which is a little over five weeks out.
Are you really serious? You really think this is the first time the owner has talked to the coach this season?
Get real here. There is not a single owner in the league that does not talk to the head coach on a regular basis.
Did I say this was the first time Sarver has been at practice? I said that I'm curious is this is something that has happened all year or if it's something new. If owners are regularly attending practice and speaking with the coaches there then why is it an issue that Sarver has done that before?
You really think NBA owners regularly attend practices, especially early in the season? Like those billionaires don't have other businesses to attend to. Games? Sure, but practices? I'm not buying it.
What's the difference if they attend practice or not. I would want to watch practice if I was the owner.
Being there - and somehow trying to coach the team are two entirely different things.
I hate reading that. He should be tearing it up with conditioning to hit the ground running when he gets back. This makes it sound like he’s taking a vacation.
I totally see what you are saying, but I think we, as fans and amateurs underestimate how hard it is to get into game-shape. I just don't think a player can stay in a game-shape, or playing shape unless he is actually playing in games.
That makes good sense, since I would say almost certainly the team aren’t scrimmaging in practice so he probably isn’t getting that kind of run. I’m getting it’s mostly mechanics he’s working on now and when he’s a week or two out from playing again (early December) he’ll work nor more on conditioning.
Point well taken. I understand there is a difference between being in shape and being in basketball shape. I guess the latter is only achieved by playing. My hope is when Ayton nears completion of his suspension the Suns will practice a bit more to get to get him ready for games. I can't imagine Ayton not working out.
It seems like it was mentioned before but it's too bad the Suns can't send Ayton to play in some G-League games to get in shape. I imagine they consider that as a part of the NBA though.
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