PHOENIX On Sunday morning of his teams midseason revival interlude, Phoenix Suns general manager Lance Blanks provided the crucial "Amen!" moment.
I think the simple answer is that the organization needed a jolt, Blanks said. We needed something that would shock the system.
For the record, this was a compound jolt administered to the players, coaches and fans of the 13-28 Suns. It began with the mutual decision to relieve Alvin Gentry of his head coaching duties and then bestow the interim tag upon Lindsey Hunter on Sunday.
Hunter, in his first season as the teams director of player development, played in the league for 17 seasons, retired in 2010 and has never been a bench coach on any level.
Being a basketball junkie has prepared me for this, Hunter said. My entire life has been surrounded by this game. It never gets old to me.
Hunter's ascension means Blanks -- backed by owner Robert Sarver and president of basketball ops Lon Babby -- passed on handing the gig to Suns assis...