Losing stinks. It’s frustrating. It gets NBA coaches fired, and apparently, also leads to "blistering expletive-laced" confrontations between players and general managers, at least that’s what happened in Phoenix, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Sixteen-year pro Jermaine O’Neal and Suns General Manager Lance Blanks reportedly had a heated exchange of words after the team's first practice under newly named Interim Coach Lindsey Hunter.
O’Neal did not travel with the Suns to Sacramento before their matchup against the recently sold Kings on Wednesday.
No specific reason was cited for the abandonment of pleasantries, but the Suns (13-28) are the proud owners of the worst record in the Western Conference.
Couple that with the team’s recent decision to part ways with Coach Alvin Gentry and replace him with someone younger -- and lacking in NBA coaching experience -- it’s no surprise that there could be some reaction from the team.