Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/18/13
PHOENIX -- Alvin Gentry is out as the Phoenix Suns coach. The news was first reported Friday morning by FOX 10 sports anchor Jude LaCava and was confirmed by the Suns shortly afterward, who said an interim head coach would be named within 48 hours. Immediate speculation centered on assistant coach Elston Turner and player development assistant Lindsey Hunter. The Suns issued a statement saying the team and Gentry had "mutually agreed to part ways." Gentry was under contract through the end of the current season. Gentry was in his fifth season as the Suns head coach. He was promoted in February 2009 after Terry Porter was fired midway through his first season on the job. Gentry had previously served as an assistant on Mike D'Antoni's staff. After finishing out the 2009 season as interim coach, he was named head coach in May 2009. He leaves with a 158-144 record. He coached the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, but they have not returned to the postseason since. The roster has been overhauled drastically in the past two seasons, culminating with the trade of two-time MVP Steve Nash to the Lakers for draft picks last July. The Suns reached the midpoint of the 2012-13 season with a 13-28 record after suffering a 98-94 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night. It was the Bucks first win in Phoenix in 25 years. The Suns have a five-day break before their next game on Wednesday in Sacramento. Suns forward Channing Frye tweeted: "I have grown so much playing under Alvin Gentry. I wish him and his family the best. He's a great coach and a better man."
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