The Phoenix Suns have named player development coordinator Lindsey Hunter as the interim coach for the second half of the season. Hunter was chosen over assistant coaches Elston Turner and Dan Majerle. Hunter has no coaching experience and was a scout last season for the Suns before being named the player development coordinator this summer.
After going to college at Jackson State University, Hunter had a very distinguished 17 year NBA career and played with six different teams. He won two NBA championships, one with the Lakers in 01-02 and the other with the Pistons in 03-04. Other awards won during Hunter's career were the SWAC Player of the Year in 1993 while at Jackson State and making the 2nd team NBA All Rookie team in 1993-94 with the Pistons.
Hunter takes over a Suns team that has lost 13 of their last 15 games and currently sits in last place in the Western Conference with a 13-28 record. Hunter is expected to play younger guys such as Kendall Marshall, Wesley Johnson and Michael Beasley more often the rest of the season to see if they can develop into better players for the future. The Suns next game is Wednesday night at Sacramento. Hunter will make his home debut Thursday night on national television against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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