Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 4/8/13
As we enter the final week of the NBA season, we usually examine the playoff races and who is or isn't squeaking into the postseason. For one team though, it's a time of reflection, and to ask what could we have done better? For the Phoenix Suns, the answer could be to not fire your head coach, Alvin Gentry, halfway through the season in the final year of his contract.Oh, but the Suns were horrible you might say. Sure, I'm not going to disagree with you. When the Suns let Gentry go, they were 13-28, and firmly cemented in last place in the West. For comparisons sake, they had a .317 winning average. Well, winning is used loosely, OK? The Suns, with five games left, have a .299 winning average. So much for firing a guy and trying to get better, right?Oh, hey, I see what you did!What if the Suns management simply made Gentry the fall guy, but secretly wanted to tank the season in order to get more ping pong balls in the hopper? It wouldn't be the first time, would it Cleveland Cavaliers fans?And that's what really sticks me. Why fire a guy, especially when he's just playing out the string anyway, and he knows as well as management that he probably won't be back the following season? You still have to pay him the rest of his salary, as well as pay an interim head-coach a little more than what he was making as an assistant.But this is the NBA, where we had a strike last season after owners decided they wanted to pretend, on paper at least, they were losing money.So long, Alvin Gentry, for your name is just a synonym for coaches being blamed for front office mistakes.
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