The incident happened immediately following new coach Lindsay Hunter’s first practice. O’Neal is not traveling with the team for Wednesday’s game against Sacramento and we’d consider him suspended for now. We can only assume that he’s unhappy with his role on the dumpster fire known as the Suns. O’Neal is playing just 11.9 minutes per game in January.
“O’Neal and [general manager Lance] Blanks engaged in a blistering, expletive-laced confrontation in the coach’s office on Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. ‘It was really bad,’ one Suns source said Tuesday afternoon. The confrontation happened after interim coach Lindsey Hunter’s first practice and unfolded within earshot of several Suns players in the locker room, sources said. It was immediately unclear what precipitated the disagreement, sources said, but there has been considerable unrest within the organization. At 13-28, the Suns have the worst record in the Western Conference. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that O’Neal missed practice with an ‘unstated medical issue’ and wouldn’t make the team’s trip to Sacramento. Blanks didn’t immediately respond to a text message. The Suns fired coach Alvin Gentry and replaced him with Hunter, who worked in player development and has no coaching background. O’Neal has averaged 6.4 points and four rebounds a game for the Suns in his 16th season in the NBA.”