After a five season year run, the Phoenix Suns are parting ways with head coach Alvin Gentry citing that they “have mutually agreed to part ways”. The organization is looking to get younger and build for the future.
Gentry had been coaching the Phoenix since the 2008-2009 season, where he replaced fired coach Terry Porter at the All-Star break. Gentry was the team’s 14th head coach in the franchise history. Alvin Gentry had a successful run with the team, earning a 158-144 record and advancing to the Western Conference finals in 2010, led bypoint guard Steve Nash.
However, once Nash moved to the Lakers, the Suns began a disastrous rebuilding effort. The team have lost 13 of 15 games and four straight at home. It is the worst in the Western Conference.
There have been discussions about changing the player rotations to focus more on player development than on wins and losses, while Gentry has been focusing on the competitive side. Gentry was in the final year of his deal.
The interim coach will be named in the next 24-48 hours and is expected to come from the current coaching staff. Assistant coach Elston Turner has been interviewed for various head coaching positions over the last few years and could be a likely replacement for Gentry.