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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

On Sunday morning of his team’s midseason revival interlude, Phoenix Suns general manager Lance Blanks provided the crucial "Amen!" moment. “I think the simple answer is that the organization needed a jolt,” Blanks said. “We needed something that would shock the system.” Fox Sports Arizona

Hunter, in his first season as the team’s director of player development, played in the league for 17 seasons, retired in 2010 and has never been a bench coach on any level. “Being a basketball junkie has prepared me for this,” Hunter said. “My entire life has been surrounded by this game. It never gets old to me.” Fox Sports Arizona

While Hunter spent Sunday morning conducting his first practice (it went swimmingly, by all accounts) on the practice floor at US Airways Center, Turner was in another section of the arena. Majerle wasn’t in the arena, according to reports, and Kokoskov was on the floor working. Blanks said all three were offered the opportunity to remain with the team as assistant coaches, but he left further commenting on the coaching staff to Hunter. “It’s still up in the air,” Hunter said. “I’m not at liberty to speak about it.” Fox Sports Arizona

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 19, 2013 Updates

Mike Monroe: Plugged-in source tells me Lindsey Hunter will be interim coach of Suns, not Elston Turner Twitter @Monroe_SA

January 18, 2013 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Suns front office installed Hunter into organization and see him as future head coach there. Turner is a favorite of owner, Robert Sarver. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

October 3, 2012 Updates

The Suns go 7 feet 4, 6-10 and 6-10 across the front line. And that's just the player development staff. The Suns hired former Arizona Wildcats center and 12-year NBA veteran Sean Rooks as a player development coach while newly enshrined Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson also will assist player development for at least the month. It is part of the Suns' May pledge to bolster the player development staff, now headed by Lindsey Hunter and helped by Suns Vice President of Player Programs Mark West. Arizona Republic

September 1, 2012 Updates

During that interview, Hunter also commented about how he was surprised that he recently made the round of finalists for the Orlando Magic head coaching job that went to Jacque Vaughn. Hunter had not coached at any level beyond assisting his sons' high school team last year in Michigan. Three years ago, Hunter received the second most votes in the annual nba.com GM survey for which current player would make the best head coach someday. "That's always been my goal," Hunter said. "It'll happen when it's supposed to happen. I just want to work and learn everything that I can. My relationships here are like family and it feels like a place that I can grow." Arizona Republic

August 28, 2012 Updates

The move could be an indictment of how Robin Lopez and Earl Clark did not fulfill their draft statuses or how Goran Dragic's first stay was a roller coaster. It also could be simply a fit for a young team that needs enrichment. For example, this summer's most loyal training room attendee at US Airways Center has been Grant Hill, a former Sun pushing 40. Hunter began working out players this month with more individualized plans to come in September, when voluntary sessions begin. "We're trying to put together a system where we're no longer looking for outside influences to create a better product," Hunter said. "We want to do it right from the interior. A lot of people say, 'You got to go get better players,' which is true. But you have to make what you have better and we're serious about it now." Arizona Republic

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Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and Vaughn. Martins was going to conduct the second-round interviews and then narrow the list to one or two finalists for meetings with the DeVos family. Orlando Sentinel

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