Alvin Gentry no longer with Phoenix Suns
Alvin Gentry will no longer be the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Gentry has been the coach of the Suns since the 2008-2009 season. However, the Suns and Gentry “have mutually agreed to part ways,” the Suns announced Friday, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
The Suns have the worst record in the NBA Western Conference at, 13-28. Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks was not a good one as it was the first game the Bucks have won in Phoenix since 1987.
The Suns’ arena, US Airways Center, has about 80 percent attendance of 14,800 fans. This ranks the Suns at 24 of 30 NBA teams in fan attendance.
Arizona Sports reports that there is no replacement for Gentry yet. Lon Babby, Suns president of basketball operations, said, “We will definitely have an interim coach, just as sort of proof positive that none of this was planned, it just kind of came about in the last 24 hours, we’re going to spend a little bit of time talking to some of our internal candidates.”
The Suns do not play again until Wednesday when they go to Sacramento which gives them some time to find a coach. However, they are looking for an interim coach who will be there for the next 41 games.
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Friday that the top interim coach candidates are Elston Turner and Lindsey Hunter.
After firing of Alvin Gentry today, top candidates to become Suns interim coach: assistants Elston Turner and Lindsey Hunter, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 18, 2013
Babby confirms that the interim coach will come from the inside. “It will be an internal candidate who will be our interim coach, and I hope that we’ll have that resolved in the next 24, 36, 48 hours,” he said.