The Phoenix Suns concluded on Friday morning, that the losing streak that engulfed the club, had to end. They decided that the best way to remedy the situation, would be a new voice in the locker room, so according to a report from the “Arizona Republic,” they fired veteran head coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns lost at home to the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, pretty much sealing the coach’s fate, as they fell to a record of 13-28 for the campaign; they have dropped 13 of their last 15 contests and 20 of their last 26 games. It is the worst start to a season for Phoenix since the 1987-1988 campaign; when they had the same record at the half-way mark of the season.
Gentry was in the final year of his pact with the franchise and team executives had backed him earlier in the season, but they realized that they would remain spiraling, unless they made a change. The paper reported that the team had yet to settle on interim head coach, however assistant coach Elston Turner appears to be the apparent replacement.
Gentry, also took over the bench as an interim coach, when the Suns fired rookie bench boss Terry Porter in the middle of his first campaign. He was given a contract at the conclusion of the season and things looked promising as the squad went to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, before getting knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers. He would finish his stint with the team with a final mark of 158-144.