Former University of Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin is in the middle of a mess in Phoenix.
Not only are the Suns losing — 24 of their last 26 counting Wednesday night’s defeat against Golden State — they’re fighting among themselves.
Goodwin engaged in a shoving match with teammate Markieff Morris during a 112-104 loss to the NBA champs in Phoenix.
Morris and Goodwin got into a heated exchange on the bench during an early timeout. Television replays showed it started with Morris vehemently saying something to Goodwin. He appeared to slap Morris’ hand away, then a lot of shoving ensued. Goodwin came out of the game for the remainder of the first quarter.
“That’s nothing,” Morris told the Arizona Republic after the game. “That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother. Sometimes, little brothers and big brothers get into it. That’s what happened. Wrong place, wrong time.”
Goodwin confirmed that he has a close relationship with Morris and that Wednesday was a heat-of-the-moment incident.
“I go to his house all the time,” Goodwin told the Arizona newspaper. “He comes to my house. We’re great friends. He’s like a brother to me. It’s just one of those situations. Family fight but that doesn’t mean I don’t love him any more or any less.”
As for Wednesday’s game, Goodwin scored 20 and Morris 19 for the Suns, who have lost nine straight. Rookie Devin Booker from Kentucky added 15 points and a career-best 10 assists as the team played its final game before the All-Star break.
In addition to Goodwin and Booker, the Suns’ roster includes ex-Cats Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Bledsoe was lost for the rest of the season in December when he underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Knight has missed the last 11 games with a groin injury.
The team fired head coach Jeff Hornacek after a 14-35 start and his replacement, Earl Watson, has lost his first six games.