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Report : Suns Players doubt Vogel and his coaching staff

Published April 29, 2024 at 11:13
Kevin Barreau
April 29, 2024  (11:13)

Before the Phoenix Suns were swept out of the first round of the postseason, first-year coach Frank Vogel expressed strong confidence in his future with the team, asserting that he had the full support of the owner. However, as the Suns' season comes to an end, the speculation surrounding the team's future intensifies.

The uncertainty extends throughout the organization, with every aspect—from the front office to the coaching staff and roster—under thorough evaluation before owner Mat Ishbia makes any decisions. Vogel was brought in by Ishbia last offseason as a replacement for Monty Williams, who was swiftly dismissed after the team's second-round defeat to the Denver Nuggets. As the 2023-24 season approached, Vogel's assistants Kevin Young and David Fizdale became the league's highest-paid assistant coaches.

Reports from The Athletic highlighted a moment in April where Vogel expressed frustration after a game where the Suns underperformed, with little reaction from his players.

"On this night, Suns players weren't buying it. The outburst seemed forced and out of character in their eyes. It continued at the next day's shootaround in Los Angeles, Vogel tearing into the Suns before that night's road win over the Clippers. Vogel's eruption left players rolling their eyes, sources briefed on the matter told The Athletic. One player even told The Athletic he had to keep from laughing."

Whether Vogel remains with the team or not, it's evident that the Suns are far from reaching their potential—both on and off the court. As the offseason unfolds, the future direction of the franchise remains uncertain, with significant changes potentially on the horizon.

Source Sports Illustrated : Report: Suns Players Questioned Frank Vogel, Staff
Source ESPN : Suns coach Frank Vogel says he has 'full support' of owner
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Report : Suns Players doubt Vogel and his coaching staff

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