Suns fire Porter, tap Gentry
As expected, the Phoenix Suns yesterday fired coach Terry Porter, just four months into his first season with the club and the sputtering team barely in playoff contention. Assistant Alvin Gentry was appointed interim coach.
Phoenix (28-23) lost five of eight going into the All-Star break and trails Utah by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Gentry promised a return to the fast pace that best utilizes the team's talent, particularly playmaker Steve Nash.
"We are who we are and I think we have to go back to trying to establish a breakneck pace like we've had in the past," Gentry said.
The Suns are the eighth team to fire a coach this season.
A Scottsdale, Ariz., police officer clocked him at 90 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone.
"I just want to apologize to my teammates, my family, especially my fiancee," Richardson said. "I've been questioned as a player, questioned as a person, but my fatherhood in question is tough, because I try to be the best father I can be, and try to keep my kids out of harm's way."