The Phoenix Suns started the 2012-2013 NBA season with Alvin Gentry as their head coach. Gentry had coached the Suns for four seasons prior to this year, but he was fired on Jan. 18 after Phoenix started the season 13-28. After firing Gentry, the Suns decided to name Lindsey Hunter their interim head coach.
Things haven’t gotten much better for the Suns with Hunter at the helm. The team is just 10-18 since he took over the team and not too much has really changed. They are still a team that’s perplexingly assembled with guys like Michael Beasley being featured in the offense.
With their lack of success and questionable future, the Suns announced on Friday that they would not be removing the interim tag from Hunter’s head coaching title during this season. According to the team, they are waiting until after the conclusion of this season to assess what moves they want to make in regards to personnel.
This feels like the right move for Phoenix at this particular time. This is a team that has a lot of young pieces, but none that really work together well or complement one another. Essentially, the Suns are a team that made some bad moves in trying to rebuild their franchise which is going to take more rebuilding to fix.
With so many issues with their on-court personnel that still need to be sorted out and the uncertainty that comes with that, it wouldn’t make sense to name Hunter the head coach. They need to see what players they are going to be putting on the floor next season before they decide if Hunter is the right coach for them. This is a good decision by Phoenix.