Dan Majerle, not Alvin Gentry will be the coached more dearly missed on the Phoenix Suns bench come seasons end.
This past week for the Phoenix Suns has seen the removal of three coaches, head coach Alvin Gentry, lead assistant Elston Turner and assistant coach Dan Majerle from the organization.
As we let the recent firings settle, it was clear to see that Gentry’s time was limited in Phoenix. He was in the lame-duck year of his contract with little apparent interest of a new contract on the way by team president Lon Babby and general manager Lance Blanks.
After ‘mutually’ parting with from Gentry, the front-office progressed with internal interviews of the coaching staff to emerge with a hopeful candidate that could somehow turn this disastrous season into a positive ‘jolt’.
After a series of weekend interviews, Babby decided to skip over both Turner and Majerle, in favor of the unexperienced Lindsey Hunter.
Dan Majerle, the favorited candidate by players, immediately stormed out from the Suns facilities upon hearing the news that neither him nor lead assistant Elston Turner were promoted.
Majerle will not return to the team but will be paid the remainder of his salary for this season.—
John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) January 22, 2013
And following Majerle’s cue, Turner followed suit and announced to the organization that would not be returning in the future.
Unfortunately, coaches getting fired has become part of the NBA, just ask Avery Johnson. Suns fans will soon get over Gentry and Turner’s firing and so too will both coaches considering they still come highly regarded in the NBA and will have the remainder of their contracts paid.
It is Dan Majerle’s absence who will hurt the hearts of the loyal Sun fans and coaching staff the most.
He brought a certain level of energy and hustle that motivated and inspired Suns players.
Majerle needs no introduction. Since retiring in 2003, Majerle has become a staple of the Phoenix Suns and an inductee into the Suns Ring of Honor. He is, arguably, a stronger fan favorite than that of Steve Nash.
Change had to come. Suns fans wanted to rebuild, not regress as the organization has appeared to do.