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Fans are excited about the things Deandre Ayton is saying

We’re not winning games, but the future of the franchise is saying all the right things.

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns have lost 14 straight games, but there’s still some positive stuff to talk about.

Even though today marks a month (A MONTH) since the Suns have managed to come out on the right side of an NBA contest, future First Team All-NBA selection Deandre Ayton has captured a couple of headlines.

First he had a phone interview with The Stepback. Ayton indicates that his professional goals do not end at individual or team accolades, and may extend to doing his part to strengthen the infrastructure of Phoenix. Roads and what have you, I suppose.

“Right now I think there’s better things than Rookie of the Year for me,” Ayton said. “This is a franchise that needs a winning culture, and I think I have bigger things ahead other than a Rookie of the Year. I’m trying to change a whole city around.”

A WHOLE CITY.

Then, as Suns fans continued to cannibalize one another on social media, the probable future NBA Finals MVP weighed in on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. Durant captivated a nation recently by refusing to talk to the media, then really sticking it to those blue check marks by talking a whole bunch. That’ll show ‘em, KD.

Here’s what the one-day Tyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award winner thought:

“My relationship with the media—they’re human, too. And they are doing their job. Obviously, there might be times where you might cross paths with somebody from the media and they might come up with a question that you might not like, but it’s a world full of words. You can find a different way out and say certain things and still have your message sent across.”

“At a very young age, I have learned the true meaning of professionalism and it’s good to have a good reputation. I want to show everyone the true me, the true me that nobody really sees, the type of guy that I am. I’m not really that monster you see on the court.”

And perhaps most importantly:

“I don’t use social media. I don’t really search anything. The only thing I search up is Uber Eats.”

Smart kid.

The 2023-24 NBA Community Assist Award Winner and his Suns will take a crack at snapping this 14-game skid when Clippers are in town on Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.