Alvin Gentry allegedly “Parted Ways” Mutually with the Suns according to earlier reports but at this point in times it has been confirmed that he was fired by the organization and didn’t depart on a mutual agreement.
So with Gentry now out of the picture the Suns will be in a hunt for a new coach, well interim coach. The Suns, according to multiple sources are set to announce a new head coach on Sunday(Perhaps even earlier than that).
Several candidates immediately come to mind. First being defensive assistant coach Elston Turner who joined the Suns coaching staff last season and made strides with the Suns defensively. In fact his good work with the Suns defense nearly earned him the job as a head coach with a several teams around the NBA this past off-season but Turner ultimately lost out to other candidates.
Another popular name that’s been around the rumor mill who many believe should be the Suns new head coach is player development coach, Lindsey Hunter. Hunter was signed by the Suns this off-season to build the Suns player development program.
Finally one name that hasn’t been mentioned much but someone I’d personally endorse is Dan Marjele. Marjele has been an assistant with the Suns for quite some time now; not to mention Marjele is also apart of the Suns’ Ring Of Honors. Marjele long history of success with the Suns both as part of the coaching staff and as a player should earn him a chance to lead the team as the head coach(at least for the remainder of the season).
The Suns aren’t really in search for a permanent replacement as of right now given the circumstances. Under these conditions it’s almost a perfect time to give someone like Dan Marjele a shot. Should he fail to achieve some form of success, no damage done, the Suns aren’t competing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this season anyways. What’s there to lose?
Should the Suns decide not to promote one of their current coaching staff members to the head coach position, other candidates such as Jeff & Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, and Mike Malone are all atop the list as potential candidates. Dan Marjele deserves a shot. Marjele has had such a long history with the Suns, it’s almost an slap in the face to Marjele if the Suns didn’t at least consult with him about the head coaching position. Stick and stay with Sun-N-Gun.com for any updates on the Suns current situation.