Suns Remove Interim Tag from Alvin Gentry's Postion; Now Officially Head Coach
Fresh off missing the playoffs for the first time in years, GM Steve Kerr and the Suns have officially made Alvin Gentry the head coach for at least the next two seasons. There is an option for a 3rd year, but he'll have to prove himself worthy to get that.
Not a bad move for Phoenix, considering the coaching talent pool available - seriously, is there a single coach you would take over Gentry? Didn't think so.
They keep the core group of guys happy, because Gentry will maintain the run 'n gun that has been so popular. Good move by management for the fans and the players IMHO. At the same time, I'm not sure Gentry can get this team any further than they are now. Shaq is old, Nash is solid if you can keep his minutes down, Amare plays 3/4 of the time (hard), J-Rich is decent, Barbosa is streaky and the bench isn't too good. Grant Hill and Matt Barnes are solid, but that is the extent of the team - 7 guys. Look at Cleveland, Denver and the Lakers - deep benches capable of stepping in and holding court. These are the front-runners for the NBA title this year and the Suns will have to make some moves to shore up the bench if they hope to contend next year.
Good to have a decision early on as well... last year waiting until the summer was a grinder.