The suns seek to find a new balance, which means

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The Phoenix Suns make a statement.

During Monday’s media day, Suns players wore the “Statement Edition” jersey shortly after team owner Robert Sarver announced he would consider selling the team amid allegations of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during the team’s nearly two decades of oversight.

The promotion for the jersey is clear.

“We’re here,” the promo reads. “Together. Overcome all challenges.

The conclusion of the NBA investigation into Sarver was announced on September 13. The investigation found Sarver engaged in what the league called “workplace misconduct and organizational shortcomings.”

On Monday, local and national media filled a room and asked numerous questions regarding Sarver’s actions.

“For me, it validated the emotions and the feelings (of the players), said Monty Williams, the team’s head coach. “…I tried my best to be a sounding board.”

Williams said he had discussions about the issue and spoke with players over the phone.

During the 2021-22 regular season, the Suns achieved the league’s best regular season record and franchise-best mark of 64-18. The Suns fell to the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

“I think if we continue to show love and respect for each other, we can move forward in the right way,” Williams said Monday. “I think it will improve our culture. I think it will bring us closer. »

Now the team is moving forward, but there could still be roster adjustments before the start of the regular season.

Forward Jae Crowder reportedly asked for a trade this summer and announced he would not attend training camp.

As of Monday, Crowder was still a member of the Suns and had not yet been traded. It’s unclear why Crowder requested a trade.

The regular seasons end at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19 against the Mavs.

“(Crowder) was a big part of this team,” guard Devin Booker said. “Like I said, it is what it is.”

Guard Chris Paul said the summer has allowed him to cool down and have minimal distractions overall. He said he spent a lot of time with his family over the summer.

Paul said stepping onto the court will give him peace heading into preseason and the regular season.

The team will try to strike a balance by moving and playing regularly, he said.

“It’s (free time) – the chance to hoop,” Paul said. “(I can) get on the court and just be.”

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