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Originally published: 2013-01-19 15:21:57
Last modified: 2013-01-19 15:21:57

Suns fire former ASU player

by Staff Reports

The Phoenix Suns and coach Alvin Gentry parted ways on Friday.

Gentry, a former player with Appalachian State, was working with a revamped team following the departure of point guard Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns were 13-28 when Gentry was let go.

Gentry played at Appalachian State from 1974-77 under Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins. A Shelby native, he is a first cousin to former N.C. State and NBA standout David Thompson.

The Suns lost Nash and Grant Hill during the offseason. They opened the season with three new starters and nine new players on the roster.

The Suns have lost 13 of their past 15 games, and 20 of their last 26. They lost to Milwaukee at home Thursday night for the first time in 26 years. Their record is the worst since the 1987-88 season when the team was 13-28.

According to USA Today, Gentry, 58, was in the final year of his contract. The Suns will owe him $1.2 million.

Gentry was 158-144 with the Suns. He has also coached Detroit, Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He went to Phoenix as an assistant on Mike D’Antoni’s staff. He took over the Suns when Terry Porter was fired in 2008 on an interim basis.