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Players or coaches are generally sad to see a coach go when he's fired. There's always someone within the organization that marks this as a happy occasion. The Phoenix Suns recently fired Alvin Gentry from his post and I'm sure that there were some sad to see him go. Former Suns guard and current Los Angeles Laker, Steve Nash is glad that Gentry was set free.
Nash and Gentry got along well and reached the Western Conference finals back in 2010. The franchise has gone in a different direction since then and haven't been a threat to make the playoffs since the run they had two years ago. Nash was traded prior to the start of the season and says it's actually a good thing that the Suns fired Gentry.
"Obviously, I'm sad for Alvin (Gentry), but in some ways maybe this is a good thing for him," Lakers guard Steve Nash said after practice Friday. Nash was coached the last four years by Gentry, reaching the Western Conference Finals together against Los Angeles in 2010. "He's a great coach, a really good coach and any club would be lucky to have him as a coach, that's for sure. He'll land on his feet for sure because he can really do a good job."
"I think the writing's been on the wall," Nash said. "It looks like it to me ... They wouldn't extend his contract. They just gave him the year to kind of play it out. It looked like they wanted to get their own guy in there."
That statement is more of an indictment of the Suns' franchise and their decision making. The team that is currently constructed has no chance to win right now or anytime in the near future.
I kind of feel sorry for Gentry, since he seems to be a good guy, he always get stuck coaching bad teams.
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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...
The Phoenix Suns say the team and coach Alvin Gentry have ''mutually agreed to part ways.''
Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, advanced to the Western Conference finals.
But Nash left and the team underwent what has been a disastrous...
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The Phoenix Suns concluded on Friday morning, that the losing streak that engulfed the club, had to end. They decided that the best way to remedy the situation, would be a new voice in the locker room, so according to a report from the “Arizona Republic,” they fired veteran head coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns lost at home to the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, pretty much sealing...
The Phoenix Suns have parted ways with head coach Alvin Gentry after the team posted its worst first-half record in over 25 years (13-28). The Suns released a report stating that the two sides have agreed to mutually part ways after 4 plus seasons as their coach. They’re expected to name an interim coach over [...]The post Dommermuth: Why Suns Management is Clueless appeared first...
The Suns tried to slide this in and thought no one would notice.
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
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When head coach Alvin Gentry and the Suns parted ways Friday, Phoenix center Marcin Gortat took to Twitter to thank him for all the opportunities he was given through the 3 years they spent together, but it didn’t take long before Gortat was already making a case for former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy to come to Phoenix: