We are fairly certain that one of these is your new Suns coach. - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports, 2010
After the speculation had narrowed to two, the Phoenix Suns made it official on Sunday morning naming Lindsey Hunter as the Phoenix Suns interim head coach. May God have mercy on your sanity.
Lindsey Hunter is the guy to lead this leaking ship to harbor. He's the newest member of the staff and has jumped over long-tenured assistants, Elston Turner and Igor Kokoskov or even Dan Majerle. Hunter was reportedly a finalist for the job in Orlando that ultimately went to another former point guard with no experience, Jacque Vaughn.
Here's the official announcement from the USAC Puzzle Palace:
SUNS NAME HUNTER INTERIM HEAD COACH | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE PHOENIX SUNS
The Phoenix Suns have named former NBA player and Suns Player Development Coordinator Lindsey Hunter the club’s interim head coach, the team announced today.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a front office led by guys with no experience in their jobs would pick the guy with the least experience for the job. That's not to say all of them won't do well, it's just a fact. Experience seems to count for little in the mind of Robert Sarver.
So be it.
Here's more on his long resume (as a player):
A 17-year NBA veteran as a player, Hunter retired following the 2009-10 season after a successful career with Detroit (1993-00, 2003-08), Milwaukee (2000-01), the LA Lakers (2001-02), Toronto (2002-03) and Chicago (2008-10). A two-time NBA champion with the Lakers (2001-02) and Pistons (2003-04), Hunter's teams made 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons overall. Originally selected with the 10th overall pick of 1993 NBA Draft, the 6-2, 195-pound former guard averaged 8.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 937 career games (438 starts).
Hunter joined the Suns' scouting department in 2012 and this season served as the coordinator of the organization's newly-formed player development department. He served in a similar post with the Chicago Bulls following his retirement.
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