Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia 'at fault' for ruining NBA team amid Frank Vogel's firing

Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia has come under fire by some NBA writers for his decisions since purchasing the Suns, with the latest being the choice to fire head coach Frank Vogel after one season.

One writer was particularly hard on Ishbia in a morning newsletter, calling the Suns coach "at fault" for the state of the Suns.

The writer, For the Win's Mike D. Sykes, II wrote: "There are some bad team owners in the NBA. James Dolan, Ted Leonsis, Tilman Fertitta. I could go on and on and on. The jury was out on the Suns’ new owner, Mat Ishbia. But I think the case just closed with the Suns firing Frank Vogel after one single season as the team’s head coach. News of Vogel getting fired broke on Thursday through a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. I couldn’t call it shocking, really. Somebody’s head had to roll after the Suns’ disappointing season and, well, it certainly wasn’t going to be the team owner’s. But in reality, that’s who’s at fault here."


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But Sykes wasn't done.

He continued: "This Suns team stinks because Mat Ishbia couldn’t just relive his glory days at Michigan State by playing in some random rec league around his way like any other washed-up college athlete would. Nope. He’s too rich for that. Instead, he chose to buy an NBA team and run it into the ground. See why I keep telling y’all billionaires are dangerous? No one man should have all that power. …"

Sykes ended his newsletter with this burn of the Suns owner: "… This speedrun to becoming the most incompetent owner in the league has been quite the ride. For Suns fan’s sake, I hope he turns it around soon. I can’t imagine going from being in the NBA Finals a few years ago to this."

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Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia is receiving blame for the state of his NBA franchise. How much blame does he deserve?
Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia is receiving blame for the state of his NBA franchise. How much blame does he deserve?

'What the hell are you doing?'

Sykes isn't the only person coming down hard on Ishbia for his team's firing of Vogel, and the current state of the NBA franchise.

Sports personality Mike Golic said on his show Friday: "I know it happens every year, coaches get fired, but every now and then you've got to look at ownership as well …  He (Vogel) signed a 5-year $31M deal and got one year of it ... He's owed about $24 million dollars. I mean, what the hell are you doing? You're in cap hell with all the different layers of the NBA cap, you are just royally screwed. I don't get it. I think a lot is put on the coaches, which I get, I understand that, but as I've always said and I will never change my mind, more (should) be put on the players …

"Now, you are going to have three head coaches in three years, that to me, I look squarely at ownership on that."

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Social media always has thoughts, and many weighed in on the role Ishbia has played in the state of the Suns on X, formerly Twitter, with one person writing that the Suns owner "has no idea what he's doing."

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia slammed after coach Frank Vogel's firing