“Level of Ego Needed…Crazy”: Amid Suns’ Ownership Tussle, Major Starter Leaving Devin Booker’s Side Gains Diverse Fan Opinions

Published 09/27/2022, 7:00 AM EDT
Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) center Deandre Ayton (22) guard Cameron Payne (15) and guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate the 130-103 series victory against the Los Angeles Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

A few months ago, the Phoenix Suns were the favorite to win it all with the best record in the league. But the playoffs started, and they suffered a humiliating exit. Recently a controversy with the owners had broken out and now they are staring at an uncertain future. Amid this, a prominent starter is set to leave Devin Booker and the Suns. This has left the fans divided.

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Jae Crowder and the Suns have agreed to part ways. As a result, Crowder is set to sit out the training camp. Crowder has been with the Suns for two years and is one of their most consistent performers. He was with the team when they went to the NBA Finals and was a key rotation piece.

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Many regarded him as one of the best role players in the league. His performance more often than not, supported that narrative.

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Crowder let his decision known to the fans on Twitter. He tweeted, “ONE MUST SEEK WORK WHERE HE IS WANTED.. WHERE HE IS NEEDED.! I AM THANKFUL FOR WHAT THESE PAST 2 YRS HAVE TAUGHT ME.! NOW I MUST TAKE ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE WITH CONTINUED HARDWORK & DEDICATION.! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CLOSED THE DOOR ON ME…. THANK YOU! 99 BACK SOON.! “

NBA Fans are perplexed with Jae Crowder leaving Devin Booker

The NBA fans are divided about Crowder leaving the team. Many fans question whether this is related to the issues surrounding the owner. Here are the best reactions:

Suns owner set to the team

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It was going well for the Suns and it all started going downhill when a distributing story came out about Robert Sarver. It alleged several things that Sarver had done over the years and the league said that they were going to investigate this.

After a thorough and detailed investigation, the league announced that they were gonna suspend Sarver for a year and they were gonna fine him $10 million. Moreover, the Suns’ sponsors started pulling the plug on them.

May 10, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and forward Jae Crowder (99) battle for the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of game five of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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And Sarver decided to sell the team. He has put up the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury for sale and is ready to sell the controlling interest in the team. This is still a long process as the league needs to approve it. Tons of formalities are still left. But it seems like Sarver will eventually leave the NBA as an owner after the league reprimanded him.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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