The Phoenix Suns haven’t been this bad since the pre-Steve Nash era. The Suns currently own a 7-15 record and have lost their last 7 games; not only that but the Suns also own the 2nd worst record in the western conference, and 6th worst overall. At this rate the Phoenix Suns are headed for a 26-56 season which would be the worst since the 1968-1969 season; the first season the Suns joined the NBA.
So with all of the losing and chaos going on someone has to be the scapegoat, and in professional sports it’s likely to be the coach. You’ll see many changes(hopefully) from the Suns this season in terms of roster and staff personnel but Alvin Gentry will likely remain the head coach for the rest of the season.
Alvin Gentry took over for the Suns back during the 2008-2009 season when the Suns front office replaced head coach Mike D’Antoni with Terry Porter but by all-star break the heavily talented Suns team had a mere 28-23 record which ultimately led to the firing of Porter which led Gentry was promoted to the status of head coach, and Gentry has been calling the shots in the valley of the Suns ever since.
Gentry’s contract expires at the end of the season and even though he’s done a respectable job with the Suns through all the up and downs over the last 4, 4 1/2 years odds are he won’t be the coaching the Suns next season, however he most likely for the remainder of this one. At this point there would be just about no gain from firing Gentry.
The Suns didn’t have high expectations coming into this season anyways; most analysts and sports pages had projected the Suns to finish as one of the worst teams in the league this season. The Suns are certainly underachieving a bit right now but even if they were to heavily overachieve they would be playing .500 ball at best.
It’s obvious right now that many of the Suns players aren’t responding to Gentry, especially Michael Beasley. Beasley was suppose to be the lighting in the bottle that the Suns caught for themselves this past off-season and he was suppose to finally live up to his potential here in Phoenix, well, that hasn’t been the case; what makes this worse is knowing that the Suns passed up on O.J Mayo to get Beasley.
Nonetheless, regardless of all the disaster that taking place in the valley of the Suns right now Alvin Gentry will likely remain the head coach for the rest of this season. To be fair, it’s not really fair to blame Gentry for the Suns struggles, could he have done a better job? Off course but you can say that on a daily basis in professional sports. Gentry was given a average roster at best this season, and perhaps losing at this point may be a gift in disguise for the Suns(cough cough NBA Draft).