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Suns Owner Sarver Discusses New Management, Need For Patience In Rebuilding

Sarver said he will consider selling the Suns after winning a championship
Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said he feels like he has the right management team with the hiring of GM Ryan McDonough and new coach Jeff Hornacek, but the "proof's going to be in the pudding." Sarver in an interview with AZCENTRAL.com added, "They've got a lot of work ahead of them and we'll see what the results are. It's a results business." Sarver when asked how long it will be before the Suns are back among the elite teams in the NBA said, "You've got to have some patience in order to rebuild the right way. One of the things when I had discussions and we interviewed various GM candidates, the top candidates all said the same thing: 'I don't want to come here if you're just trying to get back to average.'" Sarver noted it will "probably take us a couple of years to really get ourselves rolling at the level we're accustomed to." The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley, who helped conduct the interview, noted President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby would like Sarver to "act more presidential, more like [Patriots Owner] Robert Kraft." Sarver said, "In terms of my personality, people that I went to high school and college with say I'm the same person." However, Sarver said he moved his courtside seats from the mid-court because "sometimes my face got red during the game" and his wife "was afraid that maybe I'd have a heart attack so she moved back to the corner." Sarver: "To be honest, I love those seats because you really get a chance to see how all the plays unfold." Sarver said he has no intention of selling the team despite its value of around $600M because "I enjoy the business, my partners love it, we want to win, we want to bring home a championship. After we do that, we'll talk about it" (AZCENTRAL.com, 6/24).
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