HoopsHype Elston Turner rumors

January 24, 2013 Updates

Turner went to a coaches meeting Tuesday morning but was told by Hunter that Suns management wanted to speak to him before he took up the offer to return to the staff. "The whole meeting had a dark cloud hanging over it," Turner said. "It just gave me the impression that roles may change. Instead of viewing me as an asset, it made it seem like they couldn't use my experience or they would have to try to work me in. The whole tone was negative." Turner, 53, said the time away made him feel like he had an obligation to return to players, fans and basketball. "I owed the players a chance to help them get better and I'm sure they'd welcome the most qualified coach," Turner said. "I felt an obligation to the paying customer to give them the best product possible. And I love the damn game." When he mentioned wanting to stay, he said one executive asked him, "Well, why would you?" USA Today Sports

After missing three practices and a road game, Turner and Suns management agreed to part ways with his full salary paid. “The impression that I got was that it may be tough to find a spot for a 16-year veteran with 15 straight years of winning experience,” Turner said Thursday morning. Turner went to a coaches’ meeting Tuesday morning but was told by interim coach Lindsey Hunter that Suns management wanted to speak to him before he took up the offer to return to the staff. “The whole meeting had a dark cloud hanging over it,” Turner said. “It just gave me the impression that roles may change. Instead of viewing me as an asset, it made it seem like they couldn’t use my experience or they would have to try to work me in. The whole tone was negative.” Arizona Republic

When Elston Turner joined the Suns as the lead assistant coach in 2011, one of the lures to Phoenix was that he would be next in line should the head coach position come open. Turner was fiercely loyal to head coach Alvin Gentry over 1 ½ seasons and then turned fiercely upset when the Suns let Gentry go Friday and turned to player assistant coordinator Lindsey Hunter on Sunday to be the interim coach for the season’s second half. Even then, Turner’s emotions simmered and he was ready to fulfill his contractual obligation, just as he said he had relayed to General Manager Lance Blanks that he would should he not be selected. Arizona Republic

Meanwhile, Hunter already had named Igor Kokoskov to the role of lead assistant, which had been Turner’s title. Turner said he was openly upset with management when he was not chosen to be interim head coach because he had served as the lead assistant and had been denied the opportunity in 2011 to go to Minnesota to join Rick Adelman, who had coached with for his entire career. “It’s tough to stay somewhere where you’re really not wanted,” said Turner, who follows fellow assistant coach Dan Majerle out the door. “It was almost like they wanted what they wanted.” Arizona Republic

January 22, 2013 Updates
January 20, 2013 Updates

Ric Bucher: Tough situation in Phoenix for Elston Turner, who the Suns didn't allow out of his contract to join Rick Adelman in Minnesota and now finds himself in limbo with Al Gentry out and Lindsey Hunter taking over. Having been Adelman's righthand man for years at several previous stops, I've long felt Turner could be another Thibodeau -- long-time assistant coach with the IQ to run a team but who never got a crack at a head job because he's all about the work and not the trimmings that can charm an owner. Sulia

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

January 18, 2013 Updates
August 1, 2012 Updates

The Blazers on Wednesday eliminated Steve Clifford and Elston Turner and will now focus on Stotts, the Dallas assistant who has been a head coach in Atlanta and Milwaukee, and Canales, the 34-year-old former video coordinator who coached the Blazers on an interim basis last season after Nate McMillan was fired. No timeline has been set by the team to make a hire. Oregonian

July 31, 2012 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers began round two by interviewing Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts this morning and former Orlando Magic assistant Steve Clifford this afternoon for three and a half hours, CSNNW.com has learned. Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner will be interviewed tomorrow morning followed by Trail Blazers interim head coach Kaleb Canales. CSNNW.com

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