In the eyes of some, millennials have ruined a bunch of things: the Internet, restaurants, the country, the world, the universe, etc.
Now you can add one more thing to that list: the Phoenix Suns.
At least that’s according to owner Robert Sarver, whom Wikipedia says was born in 1961. His 12-25 team stinks this year, and in a chat with the Arizona Republic’s Dan Bickley he blamed youngsters such as disgruntled forward-center Markieff Morris:
“I’m not sure it’s just the NBA,” Sarver said. “My whole view of the millennial culture is that they have a tough time dealing with setbacks, and Markieff Morris is the perfect example. He had a setback with his brother in the offseason and he can’t seem to recover from it.
“I’m not sure if it’s the technology or the instant gratification of being online. But the other thing is, I’m not a fan of social media. I tell my kids it’s like Fantasy Land. The only thing people put online are good things that happen to them, or things they make up. And it creates unrealistic expectations. We’ve had a number of setbacks this year that have taken their toll on us, and we haven’t been resilient. Therefore, it’s up to our entire organization to step up their game.”
The Suns traded Marcus Morris to the Pistons in July, and 26-year-old Markieff Morris has done little to hide his displeasure with that. His most recent outburst came Dec. 23 when he threw a towel that hit Coach Jeff Hornacek during a game, drawing a two-game suspension from the team.
Morris didn’t have much to say in response to Sarver’s comments.
It probably should be noted that Sarver took full responsibility for the team’s woes, the result of sketchy personnel moves and a nice-guy coach in Hornacek who pretty obviously is not connecting with his players. And the disconnect between Sarver and his team is real: His made his comments to Bickley from Spain, where he’s seeking to purchase La Liga club Mallorca (as one does when you’re a rich ol’ Baby Boomer).
So everyone’s to blame, not just the Suns’ millennials.