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Devin Booker calls out reporter over postgame question to Suns teammates

Devin Booker dribbles down the court

Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker felt a bit of secondhand cringe after Tuesday’s game.

The Phoenix Suns, playing without all of Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, Landry Shamet, and Jae Crowder, got a massive victory over the Golden State Warriors in a national TV contest.

After the final buzzer, Suns forward Mikal Bridges, who led the charge with 26 points, and Suns guard Damion Lee, who chipped in 22 of his own, were interviewed by TNT’s Chris Haynes. Noting he had posed the same question to Phoenix head coach Monty Williams earlier in the day, Haynes essentially asked whether the Suns’ championship window had closed.

The Phoenix star Booker, apparently watching from home, was not happy with what he heard, tweeting, “What kinda question was that.”

Indeed, no player will ever come out and say that their team’s championship window is over, so you already know the response that you are going to get by asking a question like that. By playing on Williams’ metaphor of a house with only one window, Haynes’ phrasing there was a bit awkward as well.

The Suns do have plenty of work to do since they are still a .500 team right now, having dropped six straight games before the win over Golden State. But for a team that made the NBA Finals just 18 months ago and then won 64 games last year, a healthy Phoenix side should still be a handful to deal with, especially with the recent dawning of a new era for the team.

Devin Booker posts interesting tweet amid Suns’ struggles

Devin Booker dribbles down the court

Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns’ dry spell has Devin Booker going through it right now.

The Suns, who won a franchise-record 64 games last season after making the NBA Finals the year before that, are now a hapless 20-19 this season. Their 90-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday was Phoenix’s fourth straight (and their seventh loss in eight games).

On Thursday, the Suns guard Booker had something interesting to say on Twitter. In a quote that he attributed to Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Booker tweeted, “Nobody cares. Go to work.”

The three-time All-Star Booker, Phoenix’s best player, remains out through at least February with a groin strain. That is one of several tough blows that the Suns have endured this season, along with Chris Paul’s lengthy absence due to a heel injury, Cameron Johnson’s continued absence with a meniscus tear, plus the ongoing drama with Jae Crowder (who has not played all year as Phoenix tries to find a trade for him).

But Booker is right that nobody will feel sorry for the Suns, who just have to man up and keep working. Booker’s tweet here could also be interpreted as a reaction to his fairly low ranking in the first returns of NBA All-Star voting (which were released on Thursday).

Video: Devin Booker had funny stat-padding moment in win over Pelicans

Devin Booker dribbling

You certainly cannot say that Devin Booker was unaware of the box score on Saturday night.

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker went Super Saiyan on the New Orleans Pelicans, pouring in 58 points in a 118-114 win for Phoenix. Booker made 21 field goals (including six three-pointers) in 42 total minutes of play.

In the final seconds of the game though, Booker had a hilariously blatant attempt to pad his numbers. With less than four seconds left and the Suns up by four points (a two-possession game), Booker received the cross-court inbounds pass. Instead of dribbling out the clock, he pulled up for a really deep three-pointer to try to break the 60-point barrier. But instead of 60, Booker got nothing but cold hard backboard as the final buzzer sounded.

Booker’s performance was magnificent otherwise, especially since it was just his second game back from a hamstring injury. It was also poetic justice of sorts since the Pelicans recently did something similar to the Suns.

But the three-time All-Star Booker probably won’t win himself any new fans with that shameless attempt to get 60 points. During another epic scoring performance earlier in his career, Booker was accused of padding stats too.

Video: Patrick Beverley got ejected for dirty shove on Deandre Ayton

Patrick Beverley shoving Deandre Ayton

It took about a month, but Patrick Beverley finally has his first ejection as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers guard Beverley was thrown out of Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns for a dirty blind-side shove of Suns big man Deandre Ayton in the fourth quarter. Beverley took exception to Ayton standing over Lakers guard Austin Reaves, who had just been knocked to the ground by a Devin Booker foul. Beverley came charging in and put the seven-foot Ayton on the deck right next to Reaves.

Here is another angle where you can see the Beverley shove more clearly.

When the dust finally settled, Beverley was ejected from the game, and Booker was charged with a flagrant 1 foul for the initial hit on Reaves.

The Suns held on to win 115-105 to improve to 11-6 on the season (as the Lakers fell to 5-11). After the game, Booker took a swipe at Beverley in an interview on TNT with Chris Haynes.

“Pat need to stop pushing people in the back, man,” said Booker. “Push ’em in the chest. That’s all I got to say.”

Beverley is perhaps the single biggest instigator in the NBA, so it’s almost a surprise that it took him this long to get his first ejection of the season. As for Booker’s “stop pushing people in the back” jab, that was a pretty clear reference to another infamous shove Beverley once had against the Suns.

Klay Thompson kept using same taunt on Devin Booker

Klay Thompson flashes to Devin Booker

Klay Thompson kept using the same taunt when dealing with Devin Booker on Tuesday night.

Thompson got off to a rough start in his Golden State Warriors’ 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He shot 1/8 in the game and was 0/4 when Booker was defending him. The two got into it midway through the third quarter and they were hit with double-technical fouls. Thompson was ejected after a ref handed him a second tech (video here).

Prior to his ejection, Thompson was seen flashing four fingers at Booker as his way of noting he has won four championships.

Booker said after the game that Thompson kept mentioning his four rings.

Thompson is coming off his fourth championship and has earned his success in the league. He knows the Suns are a top contender, but he’s also right to point out that the Warriors win when it counts, which isn’t late October. Booker let the message be known: he is coming for Klay.

Klay Thompson ejected after jawing with Devin Booker

Klay Thompson upset

Klay Thompson was ejected from Tuesday night’s game between his Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns after getting into it with Devin Booker.

Thompson and Booker were seen jawing midway through the third quarter after Thompson knocked a ball out of Booker’s hands.

The two continued to talk over the next minute, which resulted in them being called for double-technical fouls.

Thompson was still upset and acted angry towards official Ed Malloy, who called Thompson for a second tech, triggering the Warriors star’s ejection.

Thompson was seen talking to the Suns’ bench and pointing to his wrist as he walked off the floor.

Thompson had just two points and was 1/8 shooting prior to his ejection. His Warriors went on to lose 134-105.

Devin Booker has curious social media post after Suns’ awful preseason loss

Devin Booker looks on

Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns continue to look like a three-alarm dumpster fire.

The Suns got embarrassed during their preseason game against the Adelaide 36ers of the NBL on Sunday. They lost by double figures (134-124) to a 36ers team that went just 10-18 last NBL season. To make matters worse, Phoenix played all of their starters (Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, and Deandre Ayton) in the loss … and were the home team.

It was the first time an NBL team had ever beaten an NBA team as well as the first time since 2016 that an NBA team lost an international exhibition.

The Suns got roasted into the ground for the humiliating loss, which led to an interesting response from Booker. In a post to his Instagram Story, Booker shared a screenshot of LeBron James with the caption “Mood.”

For those unfamiliar, the screenshot is from James’ press conference after he and the Miami Heat lost in the 2011 Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. Most infamously, James blasted his haters by saying, “All of the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they’ve gotta wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems … I’m gonna continue to live the way I wanna live and continue to do the things I wanna do with me and my family and be happy with that.”

James was widely denounced at the time for the comments, which came across as telling his critics to go back to their miserable lives while he continued to enjoy his hundreds of millions of dollars. But at least his remarks came after a hard-fought loss in the Finals. For Booker to be channeling that energy after a loss in the preseason comes across as monumentally soft.

For Booker, whose Suns also got run off their home floor the last time that we saw them with their 33-point defeat to Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, his life is elite by any just about any measure. He is 25 years old, recently got a $224 million supermax contract from the Suns, and gets to go home to Kendall Jenner every night.

But there is one major thing that Booker is still prominently without — an NBA championship ring. That won’t be changing any time soon if Booker’s response to a little bit of adversity is what you see above. Granted, the fetid stench in Phoenix right now is probably less about Booker individually and more about the entire Suns organization.

Report: Suns would have to give up huge haul for Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant with a hood on

May 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before game against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

If the Phoenix Suns want Kevin Durant, they will apparently be quoted a massive asking price to open trade talks.

The Brooklyn Nets would start talks by asking for Suns guard Devin Booker, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. The Suns are almost certain to resist any deal of that sort. But the price is an indication of just how high the Nets will be aiming in Durant trade talks.

Notably, the Nets reportedly are not very interested in any sign-and-trade proposal involving center Deandre Ayton. Ayton, a restricted free agent, is one of Phoenix’s best trade chips.

Another factor that must be taken into consideration is a key rule about trading for players that signed Designated Rookie Extensions. That rule came up when discussing rumors linking Durant to Miami, but it would also apply to any trade involving Booker.

Any Durant deal is clearly going to be complicated between the factors of asking price and Durant’s wishes. Judging by some comments Durant made about Booker earlier in the season, he wants to play alongside the guard, not be traded for him.

Kevin Durant’s comments about Suns star resurface after trade request

Kevin Durant in street clothes

Feb 3, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) smiles during a time out during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant was immediately linked to the Phoenix Suns after demanding a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. One reason the Suns might appeal to him may be one of the team’s young stars.

In an appearance on “The Old Man & The Three” podcast several months ago, Durant raved about Suns guard Devin Booker. Durant admired Booker’s ability to score and contribute while also knowing how to win.

“I just think he’s really mastered who he is right now,” Durant said of Booker. “He’s figuring it out — how to play at an elite level but still win. He always was scoring the ball, but he knows how to win.”

Booker has broken out over the past year, and Durant has taken notice. The pair were also both part of the U.S. Olympic team last summer.

There are other teams keeping one eye on Durant, and he may wind up there. From Durant’s perspective, though, the Suns certainly seem to hold a lot of appeal.

Stephen A. Smith called out for hilarious Devin Booker mistake

Stephen A Smith reports from the sideline

Dec 18, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith broadcasts before a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith gave the Phoenix Suns some well-deserved slander on Sunday, but it turns out that he technically directed it to the wrong person.

The ESPN personality Smith called out the Suns for their miserable showing in Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks. Specifically, Smith mentioned Chris Paul and Devin Booker by name and tagged them on Twitter.

The only problem was that Smith tagged the wrong Booker. He tagged @DevinBooker31, a different Devin Booker who plays professional basketball for a team in Turkey. That Booker hilariously responded to Smith, saying that he didn’t know he had to show up for Suns-Mavs Game 7 because he had a game in Istanbul that day.

Smith really should have known better here. The Suns’ Booker does not even wear No. 31 and has worn the No. 1 jersey for his entire NBA career.

Regardless, the Suns’ Booker would probably still agree with Smith’s assessment. After all, the Suns’ Booker had a profane reaction to Phoenix’s all-time embarrassment on Sunday.