On a scale of 1-to-10, Coach Gentry gave his players’ performance at the Gala a -3.
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With all of the proceeds going to Phoenix Suns Charities, the Suns & Stars Gala is an event that allows Valley residents to rub elbows with Suns players and personalities. This year’s event took place Saturday at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix and featured the legendary musical group Kool & the Gang.
As usual, there was a little surprise prepared for the guests. About midway through Kool & the Gang’s performance of “Ladies’ Night,” the Suns’ Goran Dragic, Robin Lopez, Earl Clark and Taylor Griffin stepped on stage to assist the band with their routine.
The four players, who had reportedly practiced singing and dancing to the song, received mixed reviews from their fellow teammates and coaching staff. Although Grant Hill, who is married to a Grammy-nominated singer, said that he enjoyed Dragic’s performance the most.
When probed about whether or not it was because Dragic “owned it,” Hill responded, “Yeah, if that’s what you want to call it.”
Gentry also wasn’t particularly impressed.
“On a scale of 1-to-10 I rate it about a -3,” the Suns Head Coach said. “Thank God they can play basketball. I rate it right up there with William Hung.”
Dragic maintains that he was bamboozled by the entertainment staff and was supposed to perform a dance that he had rehearsed but was never given the correct cue. Although the second-year man is crying conspiracy to all of those that will listen, the added structure probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
But to Dragic’s credit, he did leave it all out on stage, whereas Clark seemed a tad shaken by his solo performance.
“Earl was cool enough he thought he was at a Snoop concert,” Gentry added.
The surprise of the evening was Griffin, who actually showed some 70s flavor and funk with his dancing. At one point, he pulled a “Saturday Night Fever,” taking off his coat and tossing it a la Travolta while working the stage. The rookie forward also boasted the best singing voice of the foursome.
Although, it’s unlikely that a record contract will be signed anytime soon.
The cause raised roughly $1 million for charity.