Beat the Spurs: Steve Kerr Completes Mike D’Antoni’s Mission

May 6th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Tim Duncan hit another three-pointer.

This one didn't break any hearts. It just prolonged a 110-102 final result no one could have anticipated seven months ago.

Then, Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr put the finishing touches on a confusing off-season that seemed to confirm his roster management ineptitude.

The Suns up 2-0 on the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs? Pigs will do more than fly this week. They'll also walk on the moon.

When the Suns fell to the Spurs again in 2008, fans flooded message boards to curse Kerr. Any failure they couldn't hang on the GM, they saved for head coach Mike D'Antoni.

The hysteria and virulence pushed D'Antoni to the brink. Weeks later, he accepted an offer to coach the New York Knicks.

D'Antoni found his escape route. He grew tired of losing to the same poised team every year. As his relationship with Kerr and owner Robert Sarver soured, so did his zest for the job.

Impalement causes bad decisions. Given his druthers now, D'Antoni might prefer the Spurs and tiffs with Kerr and Sarver over cleaning up the mess Isiah Thomas left.

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