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Time to fire D'Antoni

I think its time for Steve Kerr to take action and fire D'Antoni.  His decision making is very porous at times, such as last night's game where he played Nash for virtually the entire 3rd quarter, and sat him until there was less than 6 minutes left in the game. He also didn't foul late in the Laker game on X-mas day that could have extended the game, he also played his starters in the final regular season game last year against the Rockets, even though they had nothing to play for. I like D'Antoni's uptempo offense, but the Suns are not getting any younger, the door isn't gonna remain open for long, and the 7 or 8 guys who play aren't seeing their minutes trimmed either. Defense and rebounding is not as high of a priority to D'Antoni, as much as the tempo and style of play on offense. Look, I love the style that the Suns have played for the past 4 seasons, they are without question the most entertaining team to watch, and I do not want to see them quit doing what they do best. Every great coach makes adjustments to his players and the situations that occur in a game, but D'Antoni does not seem to do so. Time and time again, the Suns continue to get outrebounded, lose leads late in the game because of fatigue, and you see Stoudemire get into foul trouble, because he is the only big guy on the team. All great teams have depth, play great defense, and can get rebounds. They also manage minutes for their star players well. Those things don't apply to this team. Last year's team was good enough to win it all, but we all know about the screw job that occurred in the playoffs, regardless if D'Antoni had played more than 6 players in Game 5, the Suns could have easily won, and saved some energy for game 6. You don't see Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili playing 40+ minutes every night. Popovich saves them for big games and the playoffs. Yes, the loss of Kurt Thomas hurts this team this year, but Brian "The Anvil" Skinner has played really well and deserves more minutes. And so does Sean Marks, to preserve Amare's minutes and fouls. And Grant Hill has played really well, but his minutes need to be limited so he doesn't burn out before the playoffs. Remember he hasn't played a full season in 7 or 8 years. Barbosa continues to be explosive on offense, and but he also continues to be horrid on defense. Where is Marcus Banks, a great on the ball defender, he reminds me of Bobby Jackson back when he was in Sacramento. You don't think that would help this team at all? Watch Banks tear it up on another team whenever he leaves. Now some of this is Robert "Cheapskate" Sarver's fault for placing his #1 emphasis on the luxury tax and not a championship, but regardless, D'Antoni lacks common sense, he continues to make bad decision after bad decision, almost Bush-like time and time again. It's time for a change.

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