Three games into the NBA season and the Phoenix Suns already had an unfortunate start. After Jeff Hornacek was fired on Feb. 1, 2016, the Sun didn’t have any luck under their head coach Earl Watson. The team has the worst defensive rating in the NBA, and the second worst offensive rating, after they finished in the bottom eight in both categories during the last season. The 0-3 start was the last straw for Suns owner Robert Sarver to keep the head coach. Two of the losses were especially devastating, having the Suns blown out 124-76 by the Portland on Wednesday night which is considered as the most one-sided loss in franchise history, as well as the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team. On Saturday night, Phoenix was also defeated by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88. Watson blames the 0-3 start to the team’s “lack of unity,” and said that even though the players are still young, they have to be more selfless.
Tweets Spark Commotion
An hour before the news of Watson’s firing surfaced the internet, Phoenix point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted on Sunday, “I don’t wanna be here.” the tweet was followed by Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan’s tweet saying “Come back home bro.” Bledsoe’s tweet strengthened rumors of his possible return. It is still unclear though if Bledsoe’s tweet was related to Watson’s firing.
Watson Out Of The Equation
Watson is the first NBA coach to get fired since 2016. There was no head coach fired during the last season. Watson will end with a 33-85 record in 118 games with the Suns. The coaching change of Suns just three games into the season tied to Baltimore Bullets firing Chick Reiser after 3 games in 1952-53 for being the second earliest coaching change in NBA history, with the first earliest coaching change taking place in 1971-72 when Buffalo Braves fired Dolph Schayes after 1 game. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that it is most probable for Jay Triano to serve as interim head coach while Sarver and General Manager Ryan McDonough search for a new head coach.
With Watson out of the picture, the future remains blurry for the Phoenix Suns. It’s too early to tell as the 2017-18 season just took off, but bettors and fans can only hope for the best. However, some may view this as exciting times for Bitcoin odds and the team.