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Old 01-18-2013, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Posting this from my phone. Confirmed by Gambo and othee leaguewide sources on twitter.

I am not mad. Now there is no pressure to win games now. Get all of the young guys some burn, make some moves to the roster... Besides, I like gentry, but he was never the coach to bring us back.
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Yup I hope this throws MORE turmoil into the situation. This season needs to be a cluster f*** and keep the losing coming. This draft class isn't great but that doesn't mean I don't want the best pick possible since we aren't making the playoffs we need to focus on next season.

Sucks Gentry got the blame, he wasn't perfect but this season was not his fault. The front office set up a failure.
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Hey as long as we keep losing I am happy. Plus, we are pretty much guaranteed to have a muvh better pick with the lakers pick at this point. I assumed that would basically be a 2nd round pick... As of right now it will be closer to the early 20s at worst. Thinking 18-24 range, which is bonus to me.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsay Hunter name interim coach

Well, it took us a ridiculous while but


Suns name Lindsey Hunter interim coach


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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns have turned to a man with 17 years of experience as an NBA player, but none as a coach, to take over the flagging team that hasn't been this bad halfway through a season in a quarter century.

Lindsey Hunter, the team's player development director, was picked as its interim coach Sunday, two days after the Suns and Alvin Gentry parted ways in what the organization said was a mutual agreement.

Hunter got the nod over more experienced options -- assistant coaches Elston Turner, Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov.

"I think the simple answer is that the organization needed a jolt," general manager Lance Blanks said. "We needed something that would shock the system of us, the players, and risk trumps safety in this business. We felt this was the right person to take the risk on."

Hunter, 40, is the coach for the remaining 41 games of the season.

After that, Blanks said, "we'll open things back up and at that time select the best candidate, which may or may not be Lindsey."

"But he believes he can get us to the end of the season and do the things that we need done as an organization and most importantly for these guys on the floor," Blanks added.

Hunter joined the Suns in the scouting department last year and this season took over the team's new player development department.

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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

hmm. Interesting. Coro tweeted that players were pushing for Majerle. Maybe he takes over after the season? Honestly, I dont think any of this matters until we get a real GM and some better executives. Sarver needs to clean them out as well.


FWIW though, Gentry sang praises about Sarver after the split. Says he believes he wants to do whatever he can to win. Maybe that is true, maybe it isnt... but he needs people in the front office to evaluate players and make the basketball decisions. Babby was a terrible hire (still think it was some shady dickens since he was Hedo's agent back in the day) and just isn't to be taken seriously. The stretch when Sarver was making basketball decisions for a time also set us back plenty as well.
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It always makes me feel old when a guy I used to watch as a player becomes a head coach.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Gambo is calling this out as BS. Hunter is Lance Blanks' buddy. 0 coaching experience. Wants to know how Elston Turner with 14 years exp and Majerle 5 years exp get passed up for him. Called the whole thing a sham.

Shady Dickens is whats up.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Wow, this org is becoming even more of a mess.

Waiting 3-4 days before hiring a coach, getting mocked by the media for it.

Majerle walking out for not being hired.

O'Neal and Blanks having a loud, expletive-laced confrontation. All or most of the players are angry about Dan not getting hired or Gentry getting fired.



Sarver's turned this team into a joke. He should've kept Kerr in 2010. Clearly, he didn't like what Sarver had to say going forward, the offer and could've been persuaded to stay. But, nope. He wanted yes men.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Really all the players wanted Dan to be the coach? Guess that's not that surprising given Thunder Dan's likability.


This team is crumbling and even though it sucks I hope it does nothing but drop us in the standings. Come on worst season in Suns history
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

The thing that is weird to me is that Gentry was dropping so much praise about Sarver in both of his interviews this week on the radio that I heard. The odd part to me is that he ONLY mentioned Sarver. It makes me think that Blanks and Babby are the ones who are really ****ing things around.

That said, I really dislike all 3 of those guys, but Sarver isn't leaving anytime soon.. I just hope that he clears Babby and Blanks out. Hunter as well. Gentry had a very telling 'no comment' about Hunter being forced on him this season.

Telling you... Can't wait till the Sonics are back in Seattle.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Hhmm,, not surprising Hunter was forced in. Curious who it was by. Babby and Blanks don't really seem to know what they are doing( I know shocking) and it's very telling that all the players disagreed with not only firing gentry but the promotion of Hunter over Majerle(first choice) and Turner(second choice). Then Majerle walks out, Turner has basically quit, and JO is probably gone due to him telling it like it is.

This team is a disaster and hopefully it translates to losses on the court and change this summer
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Elston Turner, Phoenix Suns agree to part ways

More Suns coaching mess.
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Re: Gentry is out; Lindsey Hunter named interim coach

Here's my take on the chain of events in Suns land from a fan of 20 seasons.

If we're to break it down on "pure basketball decisions" Alvin Gentry had to go. He ran his course and changes had to be made. Having NBA League Pass, I did not watch a Suns game since November. I am a fan of Lindsey Hunter have been for a long time, and is the first NBA player that played in this decade to become head coach.

The PR part of this is where they really ****ed up. A consistent staple of Robert Sarver that I don't have to go into big detail. Suns fans already know the PR mistakes. In his interview he said that was the GM Blanks biggest weakness. You're wrong, that's YOU'RE biggest weakness. Sarver better hope Lindsey Hunter can get things done, because more losing will make him look worse and a fanbase that already hates you will want you to sell the team, and once neutral fans like myself have started to despise you.
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Hey as long as we keep losing I am happy. Plus, we are pretty much guaranteed to have a muvh better pick with the lakers pick at this point. I assumed that would basically be a 2nd round pick... As of right now it will be closer to the early 20s at worst. Thinking 18-24 range, which is bonus to me.
It's a lotto pick or a 30th.
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Here's my take on the chain of events in Suns land from a fan of 20 seasons.

If we're to break it down on "pure basketball decisions" Alvin Gentry had to go. He ran his course and changes had to be made. Having NBA League Pass, I did not watch a Suns game since November. I am a fan of Lindsey Hunter have been for a long time, and is the first NBA player that played in this decade to become head coach.

The PR part of this is where they really ****ed up. A consistent staple of Robert Sarver that I don't have to go into big detail. Suns fans already know the PR mistakes. In his interview he said that was the GM Blanks biggest weakness. You're wrong, that's YOU'RE biggest weakness. Sarver better hope Lindsey Hunter can get things done, because more losing will make him look worse and a fanbase that already hates you will want you to sell the team, and once neutral fans like myself have started to despise you.
He didn't have to go. The Suns stink and they brought in a bunch of loser players that poisoned the locker room and couldn't play offense or defense at this level. This who mess pretty much eliminates anything leftover resembling this Suns team except for Al McCoy and the Gorilla. It's pretty pathetic all around.
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