HoopsHype Elston Turner rumors

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

July 26, 2012 Updates

On Wednesday the Portland Trail Blazers narrowed their head coach search to four candidates – Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner, Dallas Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts, former Orlando Magic assistant Steve Clifford, and Trail Blazers interim head coach Kaleb Canales. CSNNW.com

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Adelman would love to add Elston Turner -- his No. 1 assistant in Houston -- but it's doubtful whether the Suns will let him go. Turner, a finalist for the Wolves' head job in 2009, accepted a job in Phoenix earlier this summer. Technically, he isn't the No. 1 assistant there, Bill Cartwright is. Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn -- members of Adelman's staff in Houston -- aren't signed, sealed and delivered as far as I know right, but are good bets to be added. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 14, 2011 Updates

If phrases such as "no question" and "no doubt" popped up about the Suns' defense in recent years, they were part of opponents' thoughts on being able to score on them. With Elston Turner on board, those are the words he uses in exuding confidence about how the Suns' defense and rebounding will improve, how center Marcin Gortat can be their lane protector and how Steve Nash can be a "great team defender." Turner agreed to a two-year contract to be the Suns' "defensive coordinator," an assistant-coaching position being added to a full staff to improve last season's defense, which was ranked 26th in the NBA last year, and league-worst rebounding. Arizona Republic

July 12, 2011 Updates

Suns coach Alvin Gentry picked the man who he nearly worked for to now work for him. Gentry confirmed his selection of Elston Turner, a head coach finalist for Phoenix in 2008, as his new defensive assistant coach, a choice that became apparent last week with Jim Boylan re-signing with Milwaukee, Don Newman opting to stay in San Antonio and Pete Myers taking a job with Golden State. No other candidate had been offered the "defensive coordinator" job, although talks with Boylan also had progressed. Turner was favored all along for how well he would fit with the Suns on two fronts -- as a defensive coach on offensively driven teams and with a personality that will not ruffle a coaching staff that already has Bill Cartwright, Dan Majerle, Igor Kokoskov and Noel Gillespie in place. Arizona Republic

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Several names have emerged as candidates for Jackson as he begins to put together his first coaching staff. Included in the list of possible assistants are former Rockets assistants Jack Sikma and Elston Turner; Kings assistant Mario Elie; and Jerry Sichting, who was on Keith Smart’s staff in Golden State. CBSSports.com

June 4, 2011 Updates

There were no more interviews this week in the search for a "defensive coordinator" to join the Suns' coaching staff. Handicapping the field, it seems the most likely candidates are San Antonio assistant and former ASU coach Don Newman, Chicago scout and former assistant Pete Myers and Houston assistant Elston Turner, a Suns head coach candidate in 2008. Arizona Republic

May 12, 2011 Updates

Adelman parted ways with the Rockets in mid-April when he was not given a new contract, and his longtime assistant, Elston Turner, told SI.com that he believes the 64- year-old would be a good fit with the Lakers. "He has experienced everything that L.A. the city and L.A. the team has to offer," Turner said by phone on Tuesday. "He's been groomed for a job like that. I've been with him 10 years, so I think I can say that much. He's qualified to get any job in this league. He's pretty damned good at it." SI.com

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Rick Adelman on how you fill the shoes of a Rick Adelman and if the team has a short list right now: “We’re going to have a wide process. It’s going to be different than last time. Actually it was similar in many ways in that we’re letting go an extremely good coach. … Last time, though, we had a pretty solid foundation with Tracy [McGrady] and Yao and we were trying to fill out that foundation. We feel like we’re in a different state this time where we’re still trying to build a foundation and we’re looking for a coach that fits that environment. That’s going to be a wider process; it’s not going to be a quick process.” Will they look at current assistants Elston Turner or Jack Sikma?: “We’re going to have a wide process and I’ll be speaking to Coach Turner and Coach Sikma over the next few days. … Depending on how the process goes, we would like to keep some continuity as possible.” Sports Radio Interviews

Elston Turner, the number one assistant for the past four years on the staff of former Rockets head coach Rick Adelman, has withdrawn from consideration to become the team's next head coach. "Elston is taking himself out of the running as a candidate for the Houston Rockets head coaching position for reasons we choose not to explain," said Warren LeGarie, Turner's agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "If circumstances should change in the future, we would be happy to revisit it." FOX 26 Sports

Morey would not discuss what he will seek in the next coach, saying the priorities have not been finalized. Though he spoke with Rockets assistants Jack Sikma and Elston Turner, no interviews have been scheduled with any candidates. Turner through his agent, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday. Though he made several references to the hope coaches would not be judged based on their "name," he added that is not an indication that he plans to seek an assistant coach. Houston Chronicle

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