The Suns have now named their interim head coach for the rest of the season. Let’s get it from the Phoenix Suns official website:
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns have named former NBA player and Suns Player Development Coordinator Lindsey Hunter the club’s interim head coach, the team announced today.
Lindsey Hunter replaces Alvin Gentry, who Phoenix let go a couple of days ago. He joined the Suns’ scouting department in 2012 and was in charge of player development, as the Suns website mentioned.
Hunter had a long career as an NBA player. He was drafted 10th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, where he spent the majority of his long playing career. He then made stops at Milwaukee, the Lakers, Toronto, and then Chicago, where he spent the last two years of his career (2008-10). Hunter was in playoff teams 12 out of his 17 seasons and was part of the 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers and 2003-04 Detroit Pistons that won championships.
Lindsey Hunter was chosen over veteran assistant coaches Elston Turner, Dan Majerle, and Igor Kokoskov. Hunter being hired basically means that the Suns have finally realized that it’s time for a complete rebuild. Hunter was also big on first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall, who has not seen a lot of action thus far in his rookie season. Of course, it’d be nice if the Suns’ front office can do something about this poor roster, which has a bad mix of young players and veteran castoffs.
It’s a little questionable for the Suns to get rid of Gentry, who has been through rebuilding programs before but this will be a nice opportunity for Hunter, who doesn’t have experience as coach but is seen as a potential star in the coaching ranks.
Hunter is taking over a 13-28 Suns team that is last place in the Western Conference.