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Former Pistons player Lindsey Hunter a candidate to replace former Pistons coach Alvin Gentry in Phoenix

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

After firing of Alvin Gentry today, top candidates to become Suns interim coach: assistants Elston Turner and Lindsey Hunter, sources say.

Suns front office installed Hunter into organization and see him as future head coach there. Turner is a favorite of owner, Robert Sarver.

If you recall, Hunter was a finalist to become the Magic’s coach.


  • Jan 18, 20133:34 pm
    by frankie d


    o well…another one bites the dust.
    i think it is appropriate, right around MLK Day, that gentry gets fired, and 2 other african-american coaching candidates are ready to move into his spot.
    it is also comforting, and a sign of progress,  that a coaching mediocrity like gentry can continue to be employed – he’ll probably be back on some nba bench in a couple of years – and that it is no longer remarkable that a mediocre african-american coach is treated in the same manner, in the same time-honored tradition, as generations of mediocre white coaches.  
    hey, mediocre and run of the mill black coaches need jobs too!
    i wonder when kevin loughery will show up again…. 

    • Jan 18, 20134:28 pm
      by sebastian


      May I recommend an African-American head coach candidate to replace L. Frank: Isiah Lord Thomas.
      It is time to send L. Frank packing!!!

      • Jan 19, 201310:51 pm
        by Merwin


        I hope that’s a joke.

  • Jan 18, 20136:29 pm
    by Mone


    Nice, Lindsay Hunter knows his basketball, and will really move that team defensively.

  • Jan 18, 20137:06 pm
    by Ron


    Phil Jackson, Popovich, Jerry Sloan, Larry Brown all would have been fired coaching that shitty team I mean what the hell do they expect? You can’t win without talent

    • Jan 19, 20131:48 am
      by frankie d


      look…i am an african american fan from decades past.
      i’ve been following thepistons and the nba since the mid sixties.  seriously.
      i remember a time when an african american could not be hired.  period.
      (bill russell was the exception.)
      then, you could be hired, if you were exceptional, like lenny wilkins or russell or kc jones.
      it is truly a sign of progress that guys like gentry – who is the living embodiment of mediocrity –  can be hired and fired, just like all of the other mediocre white nba coaches who keep getting hired and fired.
      now, if you are african american, you can be just as average, just as mediocre,  as alvin gentry and lawrence frank and you can be hired and fired just like any other retread nba head coach.
      that, imho, is progress. 
      and certainly something to celebrate on MLK Day. 

      • Jan 20, 201312:53 am
        by gmehl


        Well said Frankie

      • Jan 20, 20139:52 am
        by rick


        Pass the memo on to the NFL and NCAA football.

        • Jan 20, 20135:27 pm
          by frankie d


          the ncaa could definitely learn the lesson the nba has already incorporated.  their record, especially with african-american football coaches, is shameful.

  • Jan 18, 20137:16 pm
    by gmehl


    I hope Lindsay gets the gig. Good luck pitbull!

  • Jan 20, 201311:38 am
    by ryan


    It looks like Lindsey Hunter did get the job. I wish him luck. Hunter never became what we hoped he’d be here in Detroit but he did finally become a contributor and a champion.

    As for Phoenix they’ve but together a roster that’s just not good enough. I like Goran Dragic, Louis Scola, Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley they’re all NBA players and guys who can help winning teams but none of them are guys who can carry a team.

    I wonder if we could get Phoenix to bite on a swap of Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye for Jared Dudley, Wesley Johnson (filler) and a some form of pick? Stuckey has his flaws but he and Dragic could give them a new identity as their starting back court. Austin Daye still teases and could develop.

    I like Dudley as a young vet who can step in and take over if we decide to move Tayshaun Prince (though as I’ve said I like Tayshaun staying here) and as a guy who can improve our three point shooting without being a liability in other areas.

    I feel like this would be a good move if we’re a) realistic about missing the playoffs this year and b) looking to make them next year.
    What do you all think?

  • Jan 20, 201311:43 am
    by ryan


    An even better option would be if we could get them to take Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey and through in Louis Scola. Scola is a very tradeable asset and we could put him and Daye in a package for picks or a project from a contender looking to bolster it’s roster. We’d be rid of a lot of the dead weight on our roster and have some new options.

    • Jan 20, 20136:22 pm
      by gmehl


      I’d love Scola on this team. He’d be our Okur type big off the bench without the 3pt shooting of coarse. 

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