The Phoenix Suns are a truly terrible basketball team. Although no one seriously thought they’d compete for the West, I think fighting for a 7 or 8 seed was kind of expected. But that just hasn’t happened, and it’s not because of a general lack of talent or coaching. Nah, it’s because of “millennial culture.” #lol
Suns owner Robert Sarver had this to say in the Arizona Republic:
“I’m not sure it’s just the NBA,” Sarver said. “My whole view of the millennial culture is that they have a tough time dealing with setbacks, and Markieff Morris is the perfect example. He had a setback with his brother in the off-season and he can’t seem to recover from it.”
Millennial culture is a funny thing. As a 31-year-old, I routinely rail against my generation, but most of it’s tongue in cheek. Yeah, you’re probably staring down at your phone as you read this rather than engaging in a conversation with a real human being, but that’s probably not the reason your company missed its Q4 goals. As a Mavs fan and a big Mark Cuban guy, I love an owner that’s not afraid to speak his mind. But this is kind of absurd.
“I’m not sure if it’s the technology or the instant gratification of being online. But the other thing is, I’m not a fan of social media. I tell my kids it’s like Fantasy Land. The only thing people put online are good things that happen to them, or things they make up. And it creates unrealistic expectations. We’ve had a number of setbacks this year that have taken their toll on us, and we haven’t been resilient. Therefore, it’s up to our entire organization to step up their game.”
Unrealistic expectations? Yeah, we’re putting up a front on Instagram and everywhere else, and I’m pissed I’m not driving a Lamborghini right now, but it’s pretty bold for an owner to rail against a generation on the same night they got absolutely torched by the Lakers, another terrible team comprised of millennials.
Seems like a weird move to callout your young nucleus like that when the league is comprised of millennial stars that aren’t actively mailing it in and trying to get their coach fired (that Laker game was bad). Maybe finding front office people that can assess talent and character is a better place to start. How much are they paying Tyson Chandler again?.
[via Sports Illustrated]
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