HoopsHype Dan Majerle rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

While the current Suns haven't been on the doorstep of greatness quite as long as those Phoenix teams of 20-plus years ago, there is a school of thought that the Suns are possibly one player away from really making noise. And at least one person thinks there's a player who could make a Barkley-like impact. "Kevin Love is that type of player," Majerle said. Love, 25, has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a player option at over $16 million for 2015-16. Speculation is rampant that the three-time All-Star could be dealt this offseason and if that happens, the Suns could be serious players. "I am a huge Kevin Love fan," Majerle, a member of that 1992-93 Suns team and now the head coach at Grand Canyon University said. "One time I talked to him, he was taking the ball out of bounds by the Suns' bench and I said 'how do you get all those rebounds' and he just pointed at his heart. "He is about an inch taller than I am, I'm 6'6", so he's 6'7" and he is not overly athletic, but he is a rebounding machine." Arizona's Sports Page

May 22, 2013 Updates

Dumas said he lost all his NBA fortune on drugs, back taxes and a divorce but said he never played for riches. Today, he is trying to wipe the slate clean with basketball. He has started Richard Dumas and Friends Athletic Association, with the help of old friends for sponsors — Mark West and the Suns, Dan Majerle and his Majerle’s Sports Grill chain and Miller, who sells cars at Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Dumas and Friends organizes sports camps and clinics, including Dumas coaching. At 6 feet 7, Dumas’ frame begs the question about whether he played basketball — most do not recognize him from the best season in Suns history. “I used to, back when I was young,” Dumas tells them. Arizona Republic

April 8, 2013 Updates

As the end of the “25 Years of HEAT” celebration nears, the Miami HEAT welcome back one last HEAT legend, Dan Majerle. “Thunder” Dan signed as a free agent in August 1996 and was a member of the team until 2001. The 14-year NBA veteran played five seasons in Miami, appearing in 278 games (184 starts) and averaged 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.09 steals and 30.3 minutes while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Majerle appeared in 955 career NBA games (454 starts) and averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.25 steals and 31.6 minutes while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three-point range. He connected on at least one three-point field in 32 consecutive games with Miami from November 12, 1999 through January 18, 2000, tying for the fourth-longest streak in HEAT franchise history and his nine made three-point field goals on January 11, 2000 at Minnesota tied for the second-most during a single-game in HEAT franchise history. NBA.com

March 17, 2013 Updates

When Grand Canyon University in Phoenix becomes the first for-profit institution to compete in NCAA Division I sports during the 2013–2014 season, the Antelopes’ men’s basketball coach will be a familiar face to fans in the Valley of the Sun. On Friday night, former Central Michigan standout and three-time NBA All-Star Dan Majerle told Phoenix’s KTVK that he is taking the GCU job. Previously the 47-year-old Majerle was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns (2008– 2013) but resigned earlier this year after being passed up for the interim head coaching job following the firing of Alvin Gentry. Lost Lettermen

February 5, 2013 Updates

Hunter understands the frustration from Turner and Majerle, but, "I don't feel guilty," he said. "This is what we all work for. We never know how it's going to come or when it's going to come. The thing we have to do is prepare the best we can for when it does come." Yahoo! Sports

Lindsey Hunter had staying power as an NBA player, sticking around the league largely as a reserve point guard for 17 seasons as a product of Jackson State. Now he's looking to prove he can stay in the league as more than just interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns, a promotion that didn't go over well with some in the Suns' organization. "I've been hated on my whole life," Hunter told Yahoo! Sports. "Why should it be any different now? "I don't care. But if people aren't hating on you that means you're not making an impact. Prominent people in our country were hated on because they made an impact." Yahoo! Sports

Hunter has taken the lead on the defense while Kokoskov is in charge of the offense. With no training camp or much practice, Dudley said Hunter can't put his stamp on the team and break bad habits. "No situation will ever be ideal," Hunter said. "But what are you going to do? You go in with your hardhat on and go to work." This wasn't Hunter's first shot at a head coaching job. The Orlando Magic were so intrigued by Hunter that he interviewed last summer for their top spot despite a lack of coaching experience (Hunter started his front-office career with the Chicago Bulls in 2010 when he became a player development assistant). He was brought back for a second interview before the Magic hired Jacque Vaughn. "That was great preparation for me, perfect preparation for me," Hunter said. Yahoo! Sports

Hunter said he received 102 text messages after he became interim coach. Texters included one of his ex-coaches, Larry Brown, as well as former teammates Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Grant Hill. He also talked to Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, both former point guards who landed coaching jobs without experience. "He's a guy who doesn't think he knows all of the answers," Jackson said. "He loves the game. He has been around some great minds. He is going to be just fine. I think it's great that he has the opportunity." Yahoo! Sports

February 4, 2013 Updates
February 3, 2013 Updates

I reported a team source saying that if the Suns' players voted, they would've picked Dan Majerle as their choice to succeed Alvin Gentry, not Lindsey Hunter. A second team source doesn't categorically dispute that but said more core players were in favor of Hunter than Majerle. The results since Hunter has taken over supports that. Sulia

January 27, 2013 Updates

New Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter won his first two games, but it’s highly doubtful that Alvin Gentry sent a congratulatory note to his successor. Suns insiders say that Gentry more than once had Hunter removed from practices when Hunter was serving in his role as a first-year player development coordinator. Hunter was regarded as a spy for the front office, which was all but confirmed after the Suns fired Gentry and tabbed Hunter over Gentry’s longtime assistants, Elston Turner and Dan Majerle, each of whom was more deserving for the interim post New York Daily News

January 23, 2013 Updates

Majerle said he believes the interview process to replace former head coach Alvin Gentry was a charade because he thinks General Manager Lance Blanks already had settled on Hunter over the assistant coaches. "It's been a hard pill to swallow," Majerle said. "The first thing that disappoints me is usually in a situation like this, the interim gets the jobs and that is Elston (Turner) with his 14 years of experience. Once he didn't get it, I thought I deserved it. The thing I keep hearing management say on the radio is that hiring me would've been the popular and easy thing to do. I earned it. I deserved a shot if it's not going to be Elston. I coached 5 ½ years. I coached the summer leagues. I didn't need a favor. Picking Elston would've been the easy thing to do." USA Today Sports

Majerle told the team he did not want to return as an assistant under Hunter and received his full salary while Turner is still weighing his future, although he has not participated in the past three practices and did not join the team for Hunter's first game as coach Wednesday night in Sacramento. "They talk about integrity," Majerle said. "To skip over two qualified people didn't make sense. They chose Lindsey, a guy not even on the coaching staff and who they told us was only there to help us. I think they had their minds made up already before the interviews. I was going to lay low and not comment but I heard people from the organization get on the radio and say I would've been the popular and easy thing to do and that's a slap in the face." USA Today Sports

"They didn't talk to the assistants a whole lot," Majerle said. "Sometimes, there's a fist bump. The communication wasn't great. Alvin was fired and I didn't hear anything until 9:30 that night. I didn't understand why they had to interview the assistants. They know us." Majerle said he was at the arena when he got a phone call from Blanks 45 minutes before Sunday's practice telling him that he was not the interim coach. "He wouldn't tell me who got it and said, 'I'd rather excuse myself from that conversation,'" said Majerle, maintaining that he would have stayed to work with Turner. USA Today Sports

After practice on Tuesday, Hunter said he wasn't sure of the status of Majerle and Turner but he certainly spoke as if he knew they wouldn't be rejoining the team. "I understand their situation," Hunter said. "As an aspiring coach this is what you want to do in life and it's disappointing when you don't get an opportunity. I definitely understand and my heart goes out to both of those guys and I wish them the best in whatever they do next." ESPN.com

January 22, 2013 Updates
January 20, 2013 Updates

Ric Bucher: No telling if Turner or the Suns' other assistant with head-coaching aspirations, Dan Majerle, walk now or later, but based on the dynamics I've heard about in Phoenix, it's hard to imagine them staying beyond their contractual obligations. Sulia

After the departure of Alvin Gentry as Suns head coach Friday morning, the Suns front office is using the team’s five-day break to interview internal candidates for the interim coach position. Suns assistant coaches Elston Turner, Igor Kokoskov and Dan Majerle and player development coordinator Lindsey Hunter are believed to be the candidates for the job of running the 13-28 team for the season’s second half. Suns officials have not disclosed information on the process today. Suns players still reported to the arena today to work out with some expressing a desire for Majerle to take the helm. As one of the most popular people in Suns history, Majerle would be a public hit. He has served as an assistant coach since 2008 and was a Philadelphia head coach candidate when Doug Collins was selected. Majerle, a Suns Ring of Honor member, has been the head coach of four NBA Summer League teams for the Suns. Arizona Republic

November 3, 2012 Updates

One thing Dan Majerle wanted to make clear about sitting out practices during his final season with the Heat was that he hardly was shirking. "Make no mistake now, it wasn't like I was over there drinking a Margarita and having a donut," the Suns assistant coach said of being held out of those Heat practices due to a balky back. "I mean I was on the bike, I was like the Tour de France, without the PEDs. I was working hard. I was doing the weights. I was doing everything but the physical practice. But I just wasn't sitting over there on a chair watching. The one thing about Miami, and I heard, you'd almost rather be practicing than on the side, because they're not just going to let you sit there." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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