Are the fans on Planet Orange revolting against the king of the planet? Sarver is the King of Planet Orange -- he had the most money and can push everyone else around. He is a Machivellian King, though, which is a good thing because as one of his fiefs I do want to see the team win. Let's hope he goes down the road of Auerbach and not Cuban.
I was at the game and participated in the Standing O for Coach D. Look, he deserved it. Don't foget about how much you hated the guy and couldn't stand his flaws, but he did deserve it.
Then, there's this article. I'll let you read it. I don't really blame Sarver, especially given the very untimely Peter Vecsey article.
However, the Suns did cut the ovation short, there was no "video tribute" to Coach D and Suns.com was not permitted to shoot him. The video tribute thing I don't mind so much (at least not nearly as much as the lack of love for Marion), and each item, in and of itself, is understandable. As a whole, though, a little more class would've been appropriate. Kill'em with kindness and all that stuff. When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. Only pigs like to wrestle in the mud, and all you get is dirty but the pig likes it.
There's a difference between tough and inappropriate. Sometimes it's a fine line to walk and it takes some experience to master. You don't want to be walked on, but that doesn't mean you're petty. You need to keep players in line, but you have to be polite to them (I'm looking at you, Kerr -- D'Antoni was right on this point).
Overall, I like the sentiment (toughness), but I just want it to be refined (show some class while you're being tough). Think Michael Jordan compared to Bill Laimbeer.
The fans seems to get this. The fans "showed the love" to both Marion and D'Antoni. Why doesn't the organization get it?