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Steve Kerr claimed victory No. 251 in his National Basketball Association coaching career with a 129-83 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Kerr added he didn't think the tactic was a big deal but that "it's the world we live in so everyone is going to debate it and whether it's a controversy or not it has to become one I guess".

It didn't go down well with some Phoenix players as Jared Dudley described it as a "lack of respect" but Kerr immediately spoke to Suns counterpart Jay Triano after the game and explained that wasn't his intention. However, he took a back seat during January, ending the first month of the year with averages of 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds over 12.6 minutes, while playing in only seven of the team's 14 games after losing his place in the rotation and suffering minor injuries. "They are exhausted of my voice".

"It's their team. They have to take ownership of it", Kerr said. That included plotting strategy during timeouts, with minimal input from Kerr. Kerr said Iguodala pretty much ran shootaround, and JaVale McGee was on the computer helping out with film session. "As coaches, our job is to nudge players in the right direction", Kerr said. We don't control them. "I wasn't reaching them so we figured this was a good night to pull something out of the hat".

At this point in the season, that may not be such a bad thing as the Suns aim their focus on the 2018 NBA Draft and the lottery pick that they will surely be utilizing. "Just having had the experience as a player in Chicago, the three years in a row [in the NBA Finals]". That ineptitude led to Eric Bledsoe being traded to Milwaukee and head coach Earl Watson being fired but, for a short period of time, the Suns looked to be on an improved trajectory that included mediocre on-court results instead of horrific ones.

No, this was simply Kerr's latest attempt to find meaning in a season that increasingly has had none for a team that has now spent 18 months with virtually no one thinking it has a chance of being beaten. "A different feel was preparation for tonight, but I think it was a good, wouldn't call it an experiment, but it was a good vibe today". At this point, that's what I sound like to them.

The Bulls appeared to be headed to victory after going on an 11-0 run that gave them a 93-75 lead with eight minutes remaining.

Guard Patrick McCaw is questionable to play against the Suns.

They are coming off a 123-113 home loss to the Suns in which a two-point game at halftime turned into a lopsided defeat.