Marquese Chriss, a basketball still in his hands, leaned against the scorer’s table here and tried to explain himself. Two weeks ago, as the Suns were about to scatter for the All-Star break, Chriss made some cryptic comments to azcentral sports about his attitude, both on and off the court. “I just think there’s some things I need to face and need to correct and just do it as fast as possible,” Chriss said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on. I’m just trying to get the most out of the situation I’m in and just try to persevere through a lot of things that are going on.” Those things, Chriss revealed Wednesday after the Suns’ morning shootaround, prompted long conversations with General Manager Ryan McDonough and interim coach Jay Triano during the All-Star break and, more importantly, Chriss re-evaluating himself professionally and personally. “Honestly it was just me being grateful that I’m in the NBA,” Chriss said. “I think I was taking it for granted and I was upset and I didn’t really acknowledge the position I was in. I think just time away from it kind of helped me re-evaluate where I was at with my mindset.” Chriss admitted his he was disappointed by the way he was playing – he's scoring 6.7 points per game compared to 9.2 last season and shooting 39.9 percent from the field compared to 44.9 percent – and having to come off the bench after starting 75 games last season under then-coach Earl Watson.
Phoenix Suns' Marquese Chriss needed All-Star break to work on mental health
Arizona Central | Feb 28