Posted April 22, 2013 on
AP on Fox
The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said.
''Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,'' said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. ''I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his replacement.''
Blanks had served as general manager since Aug. 5, 2010, joining the team at a time when he was considered one of the league's top up-and-coming executives. But this season was a harsh one as the Suns struggled to adjust after trading away two-time league MVP Steve Nash and letting former All-Star Grant Hill leave to kick off a rebuilding effort.
The Suns finished 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.
A first-round pick out of Texas by the Detroit Pistons in 1990, Blanks had an undistinguished playing career. He played 142 games over two seasons with Detroit and Minnesota, then closed out his career with stints in the CBA and overseas.
Blanks had better luck in the front office, spending five years in the scouting department of the San Antonio Spurs, who won two NBA titles and drafted the previously unheralded Tony Parker. He spent the five seasons before joining the Suns as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won 66 percent of their games during his tenure.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
PHOENIX Lance Blanks is out as Suns general manager.
The Suns announced Blanks' dismissal Monday in a news release from president of basketball operations Lon Babby.
Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague, Babby said. I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his...
PHOENIX Lon Babby doesnt seem to be a fan of the autopsy press conference.
I want to look forward, Babby, president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, said in a media gathering one day after general manager Lance Blanks was fired.
I want to make sure that what has been historically a great franchise gets even better.
So, much like the presser after the Suns parted...
The Phoenix Suns will be looking for the best talent evaluator as their next general manager, no matter how much experience that person has.
The Suns parted ways with Lance Blanks on Monday, ending a three-year stint of losing with the former player who had no previous experience as a general manager.
President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said on Tuesday that the franchise...
According to a story via USA Today Sports, the Phoenix Suns have fired their general manager for obvious reasons.
The Phoenix Suns have parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks less than three years after his hiring and with one year left on his contract.
“Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,” Suns President Lon Babby said in a news release announcing the break...
The Suns parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, who has been with the team since 2010, after finishing the the 2012-13 season 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history – their worst dates back to 1968-69 when they went 16-66.
According to the Phoenix Suns:
The Phoenix Suns today announced that Lance Blanks will no longer serve as the club’s general manager.
This past year was a trying one for the Suns, which clearly annoyed Marcin Gortat The Suns were the fourth worst team in the entire NBA in the 2012-13 season, worse than every other Western Conference team but just a little bit better than the Bobcats, Magic and Cavaliers. Playing the team's first games without Steve Nash in years, Phoenix was just a mish-mosh...
Words cannot describe the pure beauty of this blog posting by phoenixsuns1979 on a popular Phoenix Suns blog - Bright Side of the Sun.
Bright Side of the Sun
"My Last Year as a Phoenix Suns Fan"
I'm sure we can all remember our first sporting event we attended, I'll never forget the Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks game I saw...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/suns-gm-part-ways-after-secondworst-season-yahoo-sports
It seems not a lot of people are happy in Phoenix and Gortat took to the media to share his displeasure with his team.
Per ProFootballTalk.com, Gortat is not happy in Phoenix. The team finished 25-57 with all the players walking away from the season frustrated and hoping to never experience another season like it. Gortat sat down with reporters on Thursday and voiced his unpleasant...
After Steve Nash left the team, it’s safe to say that their first season without him was a disaster for the Phoenix Suns. The team was fairly competitive in recent years, but finished last in the Western Conference with a lonely 25-57 record.
One of the players left over from the Nash era is center Marcin Gortat, who has been very productive in his time...
Lance Blanks will no longer serve as general manager of the Suns, with Lon Babby remaining president of basketball operations.