Two disgruntled Suns Assistants leave after recent coaching move
Phoenix Suns general manager Lance Blanks brought in Lindsey Hunter a few months ago as player development director only to later replace Alvin Gentry. Other Phoenix Suns assistant coaches including Dan Majerle and Elston Turner had also been vying for the job. But after Lindsey Hunter was announced to his new post, neither Dan Majerle nor Elston Turner showed up for practice.
Dan Majerle was a former Phoenix Suns star player who was quite popular amongst the fans. He reportedly informed the franchise previously that he won’t be returning after Lindsey Hunter’s hiring. Elston Turner was another highly-respected Phonies Suns assistant coach who was given interviews for NBA head coaching jobs as well including the early season opening with the New York Knicks. Although Elston Turner is currently contemplating whether to return to the Phoenix Suns or not, he is reportedly more likely to follow-out on the later proposition.
Lindsey Hunter travelled to Sacramento for his debut as the Phoenix Suns interim coach amid uncertainty over the future of two of the team’s top assistant caoches. Following Friday’s practice Lindsey Hunter said he wasn’t aware whether Dan Majerle and Elston Turner intended to return tone suggested otherwise.
''I understand their situation. As an aspiring coach this is what you want to do in life and it's disappointing when you don't get an opportunity,” said Lindsey Hunter. “I definitely understand and my heart goes out to both of those guys and I wish them the best in whatever they do next.''
Moreover, Lindsey Hunter was uncertain whether the remaining Phoenix Suns personnel also intended remain on bench as coaches for the Sacramento game.
''We're just trying to get some stability and find out what's what,'' said Lindsey Hunter, ''and all of those things will be hashed out.''
The only assistant coach he was certain of had to be Igor Kokoskov, who will also be Lindsey Hunters’ lead assistant caoch.
''He's more of the opposite of me. He's an offensive guy,'' stated Lindsey Hunter. ''We need those guys, unfortunately, in basketball. You need an offensive guy. I'm a defensive guy. So it's sort of balanced.''
The Phoenix Suns currently boast the worst Western Conference record 13-28, and their most disappointing mid-season record on over a century. The Phoenix Suns have lost the last 13 of 15 games, and have only a 2 ½ game advantage over Washington Wizards for the worst league record.