Eric Bledsoe

NBA, can you chill?

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The NBA doesn’t stop.

On Sunday evening with football games going on in the background, the NBA snatched a spot in the headlines behind drama surrounding the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns have lost three games in a row to start their season, including a 48-point loss to the Trail Blazers and a 42-point loss to the Clippers. On Sunday, everything burned to the ground in Phoenix and, thanks to the power of Twitter, we saw the chaos unfold live.

4:44 p.m. EST: Eric Bledsoe is fed up

Tanking takes patience, and Eric Bledsoe seems to have run out of it with the Phoenix Suns. On Sunday afternoon, Bledsoe took to Twitter and fired this off with no warning.

There was no immediate context to this tweet from Bledsoe, but it wasn’t hard to figure out that Bledsoe was venting his frustration about his situation with the Suns.

The team is actively losing and doing it in a historically bad way — it’s tough for any veteran to want to be part of that. But this isn’t anything new for Bledsoe — it’s been brewing for quite some time since Bledsoe was shut down last season in the midst of a career year.

5:47 p.m. EST: DeAndre Jordan just wants his boy back

Bledsoe was traded to the Suns from the Clippers way back in 2013 when Chris Paulwas happy to be in Los Angeles. Bledsoe spelled Chris Paul when he was injured and played well in his place with Blake Griffin and Jordan.

Well, Jordan seems to want that old thing back. Just an hour after Bledsoe tweeted he wanted out, Jordan pounced.

Come back home bro

— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) October 22, 2017

Now that’s some good ‘crootin, right there, if I do say so myself. And with Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with a plantar fascia injury, the fit makes sense.

Alas, the Suns have no reason to trade Bledsoe right now. Sure, he wants out, but the Suns are building something behind Ear….WAIT, WHAT!?

5:52 p.m. EST: Earl Watson is out in Phoenix

Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017

Is this for real? I know it’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but it’s only been three games. This can’t be right.

6:02 p.m. EST: Yep, it’s real

Suns owner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough meeting with assistant coaches now, sources tell ESPN. Jay Triano likely interim coach.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017

And just like that, Watson is out as the Suns coach. Sure, they lost by more than 40 twice already this season but this all just happened so fast.

But at the end of the day, we know the league is a business. And even with the directive to develop the young talent on the roster, what has happened in Phoenix to open the season is unacceptable.

Is it without precedent? Definitely. But this was hardly an unexpected move, outside of the timing of it all.

With this league, you can’t blink for a second. Earl Watson found out the hard way: Things can change very quickly. In this case, it only took 78 minutes for things to fall down.

Now, all that’s left to see is where veteran pieces like Bledsoe will end up.

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