Ex-NBA guard Lindsey Hunter – as next head coach for Phoenix Suns?

Some people believe former NBA point guard Lindsey Hunter could become the next head coach of the struggling Phoenix Suns team.

Hunter currently works as the player development coordinator for the Suns.

Hunter played 17 years in the NBA, appearing in 937 games (439 started), averaging 8.5 ppg in 24.8 minutes per contest. He had his best season in 96-97, when he averaged 14.2 ppg for the Detroit Pistons.

Hunter averaged double figures in scoring in 6 seasons of his career, 5 seasons straight (4 with Detroit, one with Milwaukee).

Current Suns’ head coach Alvin Gentry is in the last year of his contract, and has a team that is playing even worse than most expected.

Gentry is surrounded by coaches who are considered head coaching material themselves and thus could slide right into his spot.

Suns owner Robert Sarver told USA TODAY Sports on Monday that Gentry is safe through the end of this season.

“(Gentry) is not an issue for us this year,” Sarver said by phone. “We’re not looking to make a (coaching) change.”

Asked repeatedly if he was saying Gentry would be the coach at season’s end, Sarver said “yes.”

Sarver, whose team parted ways with future Hall of Famer and fan favorite point guard Steve Nash in the summer when he signed with the Lakers, said he is still confident in his long-term plan.

“Listen, we’d always rather be winning than losing,” he said. “We’re not comfortable, and we’re working to get better. But on the other hand, if you look at the history (of the NBA), it’s hard for teams to reinvent themselves in 12 months. The top teams in the league now, very few of them are consistently good for six or seven (straight) years.”

Were Gentry in trouble, Suns could take a look at Hunter. However, according to Sarver, Suns are focused elsewhere as they consider how to fix their team.


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