I’d like to take this moment and apologize to Suns ring of honor member Dan Majerle on the behalf of Suns owner Robert Sarver and Suns general manager Lance Blanks for not offering you the respect you deserve, and the head coaching position you deserve.
Dan Majerle will not be returning to the Suns sidelines on Wednesday when the Suns take on the Sacramento Kings because Dan Majerle has made the decision to resign as the Suns assistant coach.
On the Sunday morning, prior to the Suns announcing Lindsey Hunter as their new head coach, Blanks phoned Majerle about the decision. Upon hearing the decision, the great Sun left the U.S Airways Center and did not return. Majerle was also absent during the Suns practices on Sunday and Monday morning.
Thunder Dan is without a doubt tasting a bad taste in his mouth right now and who can blame him? At the end of the day it came down to pride and respect. Majerle didn’t mind working behind Alvin Gentry nor Elston Turner because those two guys have been there and done that, however Lindsey Hunter was still playing for the Chicago Bulls during the season Majerle was on the Suns sideline as an assistant coach when the Suns were going at it against the Lakers in the western conference finals in 2010. Now, Hunter has Majerle’s dream job but more importantly, had Majerle decided to return, Hunter would be his boss; I would of been a little shocked had Thunder Dan not resign.
“It’s something I really love to do,” Majerle said of coaching. “I told Alvin I’ll work under him for as long as whenever. Obviously, I’d love to be a head coach here one day. If it never happens, it never happens. I could work with Alvin for 20 years and be happy.”
Despite his decision to quit, Majerle will be paid his full salary for the season but losing Steve Nash, and Thunder Dan within a six month stretch is going to be a tough one to swallow for Planet Orange.
“If I would have been the guy I would have given everything to the job,” Majerle said. ” If Elston would have been the guy, I would definitely stay on.”
I hope Sarver’s decision to give the keys to the team to Lindsey Hunter over Dan Majerle turns out to be the correct one, because if Sarver drops the ball one more time, the citizens of Planet Orange may very well run Sarver out of town.
Good luck where ever you go Dan, we’ll miss you.