Jay Triano Rumors
The Suns are considering several head-coaching candidates, but have largely been focused on getting to know Budenholzer — who is a native of Arizona — in recent days, league sources said. Phoenix has had informal conversations with former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana) and David Blatt (Cleveland), sources said. The Suns are still considering interim coach Jay Triano.
“I love everything Jay has done since Day 1 that he’s been here,” Booker said, adding that it’s not fair to judge Triano by the Suns’ record. “He’s kept the same mindset of getting everybody better. It’s not an easy position with the young team we have. The basketball experience we have is not up to par. We have a lot of guys that are still just learning the basics.”
Suns interim coach Jay Triano was in the Talking Stick Resort Arena parking lot a couple of weeks ago when he saw something he didn’t believe. There was point guard Isaiah Canaan, six weeks removed from a gruesome injury in which he dislocated his left ankle, walking toward the arena. “I didn’t recognize who it was,” Triano said. “Because it can’t be you, it can’t be you walking like that already. He was going slow but it was a natural gait, a natural walk and I was like, ‘This is crazy how fast he’s recovered.’ ”
The Phoenix Suns are beginning their search for a new head coach now, a process that will include interim coach Jay Triano, general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN. In a coaching market that could be expansive with openings this spring, the Suns want to get a start on connecting with available candidates now and leap into the rest of the coaching market in mid-April when the regular season ends, McDonough said.