Former Suns GM takes friendly jab at Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe over ‘I don’t wanna be here’ tweet
During Game 4 of the Western Conference semis, former Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough took a friendly jab at Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe for his controversial tweet a few years ago.
Yahoo Sports reporter Vincent Goodwill referenced Bledsoe’s tweet to slam the Houston Rockets’ lackluster play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4. Ryan McDonough, the Suns’ general manager from 2013 to 2018, noticed the tweet and decided to have a little fun.
Please be more specific, @VinceGoodwill.
Actually, on second thought, please don’t… 😂 https://t.co/zVmg8G2QcE
— Ryan McDonough (@McDNBA) September 11, 2020
During McDonough’s stint as general manager, Bledsoe was a member of the Suns. And though Bledsoe was performing extremely well, the Suns remained bottom-feeders in the West. And a few days into the 2017-18 NBA season, Bledsoe tweeted out:
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
The tweet attracted some controversy. McDonough quickly retaliated by dismissing Bledsoe from the team. The guard was also fined $10,000 by the NBA for his tweet. While he said that he was referring to a hair salon and actually worked out with the Suns staff that same day, Bledsoe’s fate was already etched in stone. The Suns traded him to the Bucks on Nov 7.
It was a tumultuous time in the Suns’ organization. But based on McDonough’s behavior, he has moved on from that episode. Bledsoe, for his part, has been doing extremely well for the Bucks after leaving the Suns. From an individual standpoint, he was been named one of the NBA’s elites on defense. He was selected into NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2019 and NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2020. From a team standpoint, the Bucks have been a force in the East over the past two seasons. They may have been eliminated early but they have nonetheless wreaked havoc.