Report: Suns’ O’Neal And GM Lance Blanks Had Heated Confrontation

Report: Suns’ O’Neal And GM Lance Blanks Had Heated Confrontation

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uspw_6920332The Phoenix Suns are a mess of an organization right now. They have a roster that seems to be thrown together, an owner who isn’t exactly willing to pay the money for players, and a front office that isn’t exactly competent. They recently let go of head coach Alvin Gentry in a puzzling move and replaced him with ex-Piston player and then-Head of Player Development Lindsey Hunter.

And trouble apparently continues in Phoenix. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports with the report:

Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O’Neal and general manager Lance Blanks engaged in a blistering, expletive-laced confrontation in the coach’s office on Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The confrontation happened after interim coach Lindsey Hunter’s first practice and unfolded within earshot of several Suns players in the locker room, sources said.

Jermaine O’Neal is obviously frustrated with the team. He came to Phoenix, hoping to resurrect his career there, especially since Phoenix has that renowned training and medical staff that has extended players’ careers. The cause of the confrontation is unclear. GM Lance Blanks had no comment, according to Wojnarowski.

As mentioned, the Suns seems to have a mismatch of players on the roster. They signed Goran Dragic, who is a pick-and-roll type of point guard. They acquired Wes Johnson, who has been a bust in his NBA career after he was picked 4th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. Then they also acquired Michael Beasley, who was probably looked at as a number 1 option but Beasley has been known for his immaturity throughout his career.

And then there are the leftovers like Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley. Some of the names mentioned are solid players but their skills are not a good fit and none of them have star potential. So it’s no surprise that the Phoenix Suns are last in the Western Conference at 13-28.

According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, O’Neal was going to miss the game at Sacramento due to an unstated medical issue.