ESPN: Porter To Become Suns' Next Head Coach
Old 06-07-2008, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN: Porter To Become Suns' Next Head Coach

What do you guys think? Good move by Kerr and the Suns management to name Terry their new head coach?

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Multiple sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that Terry Porter is the new coach of the Phoenix Suns.

Suns general manager Steve Kerr called Porter on Saturday morning to offer him the job, and Porter accepted.

Porter is a former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and was an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons this season.

Porter was interviewed twice, most recently on Monday.

The Suns had been searching for a head coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned to lead the New York Knicks. Other candidates included Houston Rockets assistant Elston Turner and former NBA player and TV analyst Mark Jackson.

Porter was Flip Saunders' lead assistant in Detroit the past two seasons. Porter led the Bucks from 2003 to 2005, helping them earn a spot in the 2004 playoffs.

His coaching career started as a Sacramento Kings assistant in 2002.
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Old 06-07-2008, 05:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to tell. He handled a low key type of team with few stars on it in Milwaukee, itll be interesting to see what kind of philosophy he comes in with for PHX and if he Nash and Shaq have a good working relationship. Trying to get Amare to play defence is a good start,.
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Are these the same sources that claimed Collins was going to the Bulls?

Rookie head coach former player? Almost never works. Long shot it will in the sinking ship formally known as the Suns.
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I think he's a hell of a coach. I'm not too sure that Phoenix is the right situation for him because at least in Milwaukee he had a young team and since he was a young coach it worked. Walking into the lion's den with a veteran laden, thick skulled team in Phoenix I have my reservations.
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Rookie head coach former player? Almost never works. Long shot it will in the sinking ship formally known as the Suns.
He's not a rookie head coach.


I think he's a good choice. He played until he was 39 or 40 and still at a pretty high level, so he knows what it takes to get the most out of an old, creaky set of bones.
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At this point I don't know if it matters, Nash and Shaq will be too old for Phoenix to win next year, and Hill won't be as effective as we was this year either. They might make the playoffs, but they can't compete with LA, New Orleans, Utah. They still might have a shot in a couple years when Shaq and Nash's contracts run out, then they can pair a top tier FA with Amare and try again. Nash will be 38 by then, but you never know with the Suns' medical staff, maybe he'll be serviceable enough.
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