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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  7 responses

Dan Majerle Out as Phoenix Suns Assistant Coach


Angered that he didn’t get the head coaching gig in Phoenix after Alvin Gentry was shown the door — it went instead to Lindsey Hunter — assistant coach Dan Majerle walked away from the Suns, which wasn’t unexpected. Per the AZ Republic: “Majerle was in his fifth season as a Suns assistant coach but had stopped working with the team Sunday when Lindsey Hunter was selected as the interim head coach in place of Alvin Gentry. Hunter was selected Sunday over lead assistant coach Elston Turner, assistant coach Igor Kokoskov and Majerle, who had been the suggestion of many Suns players to General Manager Lance Blanks during interviews Friday and Saturday. When Blanks called Majerle to inform him of the decision Sunday morning before practice, Majerle left US Airways Center and did not participate in Sunday’s and Monday’s practices. Majerle had been willing to return to the staff if Turner was selected. Majerle will receive his full salary for the season. Majerle is one of the most popular figures in Suns history, having playing eight seasons for the Suns (1988-95, 2001-02) with three All-Star appearances. His notoriety led to a chain of successful sports bars bearing his name, four seasons as a Suns broadcast analyst and several endorsement deals. After becoming an assistant, Majerle was made head coach of four Suns NBA Summer League entries.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    he should get a job with okc, only because he is thunder dan. make it happen presti!

  • Steven

    Yes I truly felt the Suns really shamed their fans by not going with Dan. As a Chicagoan he always played the Bulls really tough during the Championship years. I hope perhaps after this season they reconsider the greatness and the way he played for his town.

  • Steven

    Yes I truly felt the Suns really shamed their fans by not going with Dan. As a Chicagoan he always played the Bulls really tough during the Championship years. I hope perhaps after this season they reconsider the greatness and the way he played for his town.

  • Shontay

    Basically he got duped. Blanks wanted hunter to be the head coach when he brougt him onas head of player development. Suns organization is pitiful. Peole who are hypemen for the suns are dissing Marjele for walking out after the players told management that they wanted him to be their coach. Suns need a new owner and people in their front office who dont take this as a joke.

  • Ryan

    Suns management is extreeeemely stupid. How could they pick Lindsey Hunter when all three assistant coaches have proved themselves way more than that nba player. Hunter doesn’t have much, if any, experience of coaching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.robinson.733 Lee Robinson

    Thunder Dan was my dude, next 2 Barkley! I loved his game as a Suns player. I had no idea he had been on the staff for the last 5 years. To get passed over for the player development guy is a slap in the face. He will get a coaching opportunity in the NBA, but it’s a shame it won’t be with the team he played his heart out for…

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.corrales.370 Carlos Corrales

    It’s all coming to an end, when have you heard off fans picketing at a home game? Plan is to picket the next home game and the boycotting begins. It’s a shame but what needs to be done is what needs to be done for Sarver to get his head out of his …… #1 Suns fan!

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