Suns name Lindsey Hunter interim head coach

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix has named Lindsey Hunter interim head coach after the team parted ways with Alvin Gentry last week.

The Phoenix Suns have named Lindsey Hunter interim head coach on Sunday as they attempt to improve on a 13-28 start to the season.

Hunter was the player development coordinator for the Suns and played 17 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Bucks, Lakers, Raptors and Bulls.

The Suns parted ways with Alvin Gentry on Friday after Phoenix opened the season with the worst record in the Western Conference. Gentry was in the final year of his contract and described the decision as a "mutual agreement" between himself and the team.

Gentry spent the past nine seasons with the Phoenix Suns organization and has been the team's head coach since the last half of the 2009 season. Gentry posted a 158-144 record as head coach and most notably was two games away from leading the Suns to the NBA Finals in 2010 before the team ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

The Suns' next game is on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings.

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