Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker revealed that Chris Paul has advised his teammates to stay focused on basketball amid the drama surrounding the team. ESPN published a lengthy story that detailed multiple incidents of misogyny and racism during Robert Sarver's 17-year tenure as Suns owner.
"I think we have a close-knit team that sticks together," Suns star shooting guard Booker said after Phoenix's 123-111 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday, when Sarver's courtside seats were empty.
"We obviously have conversations about it, but like Chris [Paul] said, we still had to show up to shootaround today and we still had to play a game. We're focused on basketball, and I think things will get handled how they're supposed to."
Suns head coach Monty Williams acknowledged that owner Sarver was accused of serious things. "As someone who is the caretaker of a program, I find all these things that are being said serious in nature," Williams said before the game.
"It takes courage to come out and express yourself. But at the same time, I'm aware there are two sides to this equation. ... We still have to wait to see how clear the facts can appear."
Booker didn't see anything suspicious
Booker said that he hasn't witnessed any instances of racism or misogyny by Sarver.
"In my seven years that I've been here, I haven't noticed that, but that doesn't make me insensitive to the subject," Booker said. "I think the NBA opened an investigation, and they're going to do their due diligence of bringing out facts instead of 'he said, she said.'
I'm sure the NBA has it in good hands and will do the proper research to find out the truth." Coach Williams said all those allegations happened before he was hired by the team in 2019. "If any of that stuff happened while I was here, I wouldn't be in this seat," Williams said.
"The league is doing an investigation, and we'll know more obviously once that is settled." Paul underlined that the team has to remain focused solely on basketball. "I feel like situations are different," Paul said.
"We dealt with that in that time when all that happened. I think right now, like Book said, we're not insensitive to everything that was said or whatnot, but we don't know all the details. So the NBA will do its investigation, and in that time, all of us on our team will continue to play and do what we do."