Sports • Phoenix tries to deflect attention from its wretchedness.
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When the Atlanta Braves signed outfielder B.J. Upton as a free agent this winter then traded for his younger brother, Justin, months later, it was a statement that they had their sights set on competing for a World Series.
When the Phoenix Suns acquired forward Marcus Morris this past Wednesday, reuniting him with twin brother Markieff, it was a statement that their season has been a dismal failure and they will now be playing the "Hey, we've got twins! Isn't that weird?" card in a last-gasp effort to keep fans interested.
Any attempt by Suns management to convince us that this trade was made for improving the team and not the bottom line is pure chicanery and should be treated as an attempt to insult your intelligence.
Lon Babby, Suns president for basketball operations, would you do the honors?
"We have been intrigued for quite some time about the potential synergy from having both Morris twins on our team," Babby told The Associated Press.
Translated from his native B.S. to English, what he's actually saying to Suns fans is, "Hey, remember last summer when we told you that it was OK that we were trading franchise icon Steve Nash to the Lakers? And remember how we said that adding Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and Michael Beasley would turn this team around? And remember how we're 18-38? Well, forget all of that …
"I mean, hey, we've got twins now! Isn't that weird?"