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Knicks Suns Hire Elston Turner

Via Arizona Republic
Yet Turner has remained a hot potential coaching candidate as each organization ultimately decided to go in another direction.

He?s still not a head coach, but Turner will embark on a new challenge next season as he will be hired to be the Suns? de facto defensive coordinator, a position that has not been formally held by any coach in recent years. The Suns will not need to make a corresponding coaching move as they never filled Alvin Gentry?s open assistant position when he was promoted to the head job.

Turner, who will receive a two-year deal, figures to be a good fit being that he brings a defensive mind-set along with the experience of coaching offensive-oriented teams. He has spent the past 10 seasons with Rick Adelman (the last four in Houston and the previous six in Sacramento) after working as a Portland assistant for four years.

I'm certainly not happy that he was not even interviewed by the Knicks. He absolutely would have been my top candidate.?
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