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Steve Nash says Suns firing Gentry may be a good thing for his former head coach

Jan 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash AP

Steve Nash had a good relationship with Alvin Gentry in Phoenix, his former head coach who led Nash and the Suns to the Western Conference finals back in 2010. Not surprisingly, Nash had good things to say in the wake of Gentry’s dismissal from the organization on Thursday.

Nash essentially said that the parting of ways between the Suns and Gentry might ultimately have been a good thing, considering the direction the team was headed along with Gentry’s talents as a competitor and respected leader in NBA circles.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles:

“Obviously, I’m sad for Alvin (Gentry), but in some ways maybe this is a good thing for him,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said after practice Friday. Nash was coached the last four years by Gentry, reaching the Western Conference Finals together against Los Angeles in 2010. “He’s a great coach, a really good coach and any club would be lucky to have him as a coach, that’s for sure. He’ll land on his feet for sure because he can really do a good job.”

Was Nash surprised by the firing?

“I think the writing’s been on the wall,” Nash said. “It looks like it to me … They wouldn’t extend his contract. They just gave him the year to kind of play it out. It looked like they wanted to get their own guy in there.”

Gentry truly didn’t have a chance with this roster. And while management felt that the team was regressing at worst, and not improving at the very least, there’s some truth to the fact that they wanted to go in another direction long-term, as evidenced by the lack of a contract extension given to Gentry before the season began.

  1. ninthwardfriend - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Gentry the problem just like Mike Brown right?

  2. addict2sport - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    The Lakers should hire Gentry. Seems they’re on a nice roll of hiring fired coaches who have never won a title lately. Might as well keep it going.

  3. progress2011 - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    You know, I’ve always appreciated Nash…. collectively!

    First and foremost, dude is a class act. I’ve NEVER heard him talk a bunch of rubbish. Even though as a competitor talking a little trash can be motivational and is considered part of the game.

    He’s never been the fastest, jumped the highest, dribbled the best, ….in-fact, he’s never been the best at any one skill set. But collectively he’s been good at many things, which is why he was awarded MVP accolades.

    I TRULY dislike where he’s decided to end his career. That bollywood, fake glitz and glamour has never been his style.

    Steve also is one of the most unselfish “FUNDAMENTAL” players to play the game. Now playing with one of the most selfish, narcissistic, ball hogs to ever dribble a ball….it’s not a good fit !

    Nash is just a first class Gentleman….I would have liked to see him go out on top and continue to show the next generation how to play “FUNDAMENTAL” ball.

  4. abchome - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It’s definitely a good thing to get paid after being fired.

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Gentry was given a knife for a gun fight. I hope he goes where he is deserves and kick the Suns asses for years to come. And Sarver is a doo doo head.

  6. fnc111 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    That Suns roster is pure trash. They’d fire Phil Jackson if he coached that team. What would the idiot owner of the Suns think would happen this year after putting that team in the floor?

  7. seattlesuperchronic - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I don’t like it when players call a coach by his first name, it’s cool when they call him Coach.

    • progress2011 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      I’d like people to call the President Of The United States ……MR. PRESIDENT !

      But what we hear from the uneducated, uncultured, disrespectful tea party, rush limbaugh crowd is everything BUT a respectful address to the man that holds the highest office on this planet !

      Steve is entering his mid life. While Gentry is 16 years his senior, Nash is old enough and “RESPECTFUL ENOUGH” to address anyone by their first name.

      Nash referring to Gentry by his first name can’t possibly be seen as a form of disrespect, especially since he is coming to his old coach’s defense. I’m quite sure Alvin didn’t take it offensively either.

      Get off your sofa and go to the inauguration. It is a celebration of America.

      • mazblast - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        It’s wrong to call President Obama anything other than Mr. President. i tell his detractors this all the time.

        However, in their defense, consider the things that were said about President Bush during his eight years in office by those who now get so indignant about the things President Obama is called. Or is it right to call the President “chimp”, “moron”, etc., if you’re on the left and the President is from the right? Regardless of party, the person is the President, treat him with respect for the office he holds even if you don’t respect the man.

  8. lalfan2323 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    He would be good for the nets they have the players to run his type of play

  9. talkingfan - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    That’s a case were you need to fire the players not the coach. Look what they put on the floor everynite. Ok you’re not going to fire the players , can someone say get the GM outta here.

  10. southpaw77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Roster is a dumpster fire, starting with Beasley. Wasted money on him when that should have went to OJ Mayo to address their gaping hole at shooting guard (Shannon Brown is backup material at best).
    Frye was lost for the year with a heart ailment, what do you expect?

    Sarver needs to sell, here’s a guy who traded draft picks like Rondo and Deng to avoid the luxury tax, yet signs stiffs like Marcus Banks.

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